2018 Schedule

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Thirst Boston 2018 Schedule

Friday, April 27 Classes LocationsTeachers
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Spice Island

Enjoy an evening of cocktails featuring the Bacardi portfolio inspired by the Spice Trade. This is a private event, open by invitation only.  [...]Read More...

11:00 pm - 2:00 am Camden Cocktail Lounge @ Explorateaur

Camden Cocktail Lounge – Located inside the Palms in Las Vegas will be doing a cocktail inspired pop up at Library Bar located inside EXPOLORATEUR [...]Read More...

The Library at Explorateur
11:00 pm - 2:00 am Four Roses After Party at JM Curleys

Join Four Roses at JM Curleys! [...]Read More...

JM Curley
Saturday, April 28 Classes LocationsTeachers
11:30 am - 2:30 pm Rhum Barbancourt Pop-Up Bar

Stop by and share a sip with us while we go bananas for Barbancourt! [...]Read More...

BCAE, Ocean Room
11:30 am - 1:00 pm SOLD OUT – Japanese Ice Carving

A hands-on deep dive into one of the most crucial yet under-appreciated ingredients: ice. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Elm RoomGardner Dunn
11:30 am - 2:00 pm SOLD OUT – Wines of Sherry Certification Course

Attendees will leave with a deep knowledge of this versatile and complex spirit as well as a Certificate of Achievement [...]Read More...

BCAE, Granite RoomLucas Paya
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Distillers Roundtable with Raj Sabharwal

Learn about single grain whiskies from rare whiskey hunter and explorer Raj Sabharwal [...]Read More...

BCAE, Green Mountain RoomRaj Sabharwal
11:30 am - 1:00 pm SOLD OUT – High Tech Tiki: The Past, Present and Future of Mixological Exotica

You’ll learn about the past, present, and future of tiki mixology. Your teachers will demonstrate how gadgets like Le Whaf and robotics to lead the way in tiki innovation. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Nutmeg RoomDavid Alan, Tenzin Samdo
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Singani63: Avoid the Obvious

Join Steven Soderbergh for an intimate look at a mysterious spirit that’s just now emerging onto the international stage after half a millennium locked away in the Bolivian Andes. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Vacationland RoomJonathan Brathwaite, Steven Soderbergh
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm How to Taste Spirits: Swirl, Smell and Sip

Learn a framework that both gives you the skills to objectively assess a spirit and enables you to use all your senses to better understand your own palate [...]Read More...

Bay State Room, BCAERob McCaughey
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm SOLD OUT – An Afternoon With Cocktail History

Taste your way through more than two hundred years of cocktail history in this intimate afternoon session at Drink [...]Read More...

DrinkMichael Egan, Tim Heuisler, Zahra Bates
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm SOLD OUT – Walk Before You Rum: A Hands-On History of Rum Cocktails

You’ll take away new inspiration for drinks and garnishes you can put to use at your home bar [...]Read More...

BCAE, Nutmeg RoomJen LaForge, Sam Kontny, Will Isaza
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm SOLD OUT – The Ghost of Cocktails Past: A Historic Walking Tour at 1:30

During this walking tour, you’ll learn about the spirits and cocktails popular during the mid-20th century as well as the iconic locations that served them up. [...]Read More...

BCAEBrother Cleve
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Distiller’s Roundtable with Chris Weld of Berkshire Mountain Distillery

Join Chris Weld, Mass' first distiller for a conversation about the philosophy that informs his work as a pioneer of craft distilling in Massachusetts [...]Read More...

BCAE, Green Mountain RoomChris Weld
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm Origin Beverage Craft Spirits Tasting Room

Join Origin for a tasting featuring some of your local favorites and industry best-sellers, plus a few surprises, and meet the faces behind the brands. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Vacationland Room
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Dig Into Gin: A Gin Cocktail Primer

This hands-on session will cover all things gin and genever, and how to mix, shake and stir a great gin cocktail. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Elm RoomLaura Kanzler
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Ginspiration: A Comparative Tasting of Gins

Learn how to identify the right gin for your palate with a panel of gin experts. [...]Read More...

BCAEAndrew Pierce, Ben Valentine, Raj Sabharwal, Sean Frederick, Travis Tober, Véronique Van Acker-Beittel
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Brockmans Gin Pop-Up Bar

In this pop-up, you’ll explore the many layers of taste in Brockmans and leave with a new appreciation for gin. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Ocean Room
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm The Art of Blending: A Hands-on Scotch Whisky Class

You’ll learn how blended Scotch became a global phenomenon before trying your hand at the art of blending. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Nutmeg RoomEwan Morgan
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm SOLD OUT – The Ghost of Cocktails Past: A Historic Walking Tour at 3:30

During this walking tour, you’ll learn about the spirits and cocktails popular during the mid-20th century as well as the iconic locations that served them up. [...]Read More...

BCAEBrother Cleve
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Tour the Scottish Isles with Whisky as your Guide

Visit every region of the country as you enjoy both single and vatted malts [...]Read More...

BCAE, Green Mountain RoomEd Kohl
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Applejack: America’s Native Spirit

Applejack predates Bourbon and Rye by over a century. Its history spans Colonial times, when it was a favorite of George Washington. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Granite RoomLisa Laird
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Foraged Flavor: Glendalough Wild Gin

Learn about the unique flavors of wild Irish botanicals from the person who knows them best, and create your own personalized wild botanical gin using the flavors of Ireland. [...]Read More...

Bay State Room, BCAEDonal O’Gallachoir, Geraldine Kavanagh
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Blue Draanks: How to Turn Heads and Make Friends

Much more than just an eye-catching vacation drink, blue cocktails have been a fixture on the bar scene. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Elm RoomJason Cool, Nick Bennett
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Thirst Boston Presents: State Lines

Urban State Fair complete with carnival games, swag giveaways and sips and bites from local brewers, cideries, distillers and craft boutiques. [...]Read More...

Innovation Design Center
10:00 pm - 2:00 am Brockmans After Party at Audubon

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Audubon
Sunday, April 29 Classes LocationsTeachers
11:30 am - 2:30 pm Absente | Absinthe Refined Pop-Up

Handcrafted in the south of France from natural herbs and botanicals harvested in the Distillery fields [...]Read More...

BCAE, Ocean Room
11:30 am - 1:00 pm A Cut Above: Knife Skills for Bartenders

Practice the fundamental cuts, including mince, dice, brunoise, bâtonnet, and julienne, and try a few advanced techniques, too. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Elm RoomZahra Bates
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Cognac & Armagnac: Friends or Foes?

This class will walk you through the stills, barrels, aging processes, and vintage approaches that go into Cognac and Armagnac and you may find that these spirits have more in common than you thought. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Green Mountain RoomAlain Royer, Ezra Star
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Distilling is Half The Battle: An in-depth look at post-distillation choices

You may think the hard work is done once a spirit leaves the still, but post-distillation choices impact the final product’s style, quality, and flavor. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Granite RoomRob McCaughey
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Women Behind Bars: Cocktail History Revisited

Four leading ladies of today’s cocktail scene will take you through the alcohol-influenced social changes that began with the antebellum Temperance movement, culminated during Prohibition, and had ripple effects through WWII and beyond. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Vacationland RoomKirsten Amann, Lynette Marrero, Meaghan Dorman, Misty Kalkofen
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Mule Lab: Making Ginger Beer

Discuss the history of Ginger Beer, once made from fermented ginger soda, and craft your own custom Ginger Beer syrup. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Nutmeg RoomAnna McLoughlin, Brendan Benham, Ira Koplowitz
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Bitter By Design: Amaro from Around the World

You’ll try aperitifs, digestivi, and everything in between as you develop a richer understanding of how and why to drink bitter [...]Read More...

Bay State Room, BCAEAndrew Pierce, Jonathan Fasano, Kate Rapin, Laura Kanzler, Patrick Gaggiano, Simone Caporale
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm SOLD OUT – An Afternoon With the B-Side Lounge

For one day only, Drink will play host to relive the drinks, music, and stories of the decade-long icon that sparked Boston’s current, thriving cocktail scene. [...]Read More...

DrinkBrother Cleve, Dave Cagel, Joe McGuirk, Patrick Sullivan
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Sensory Experience of Coffee: Cupping and Beyond

Use professional tools for sensory calibration and assessment and put them to work comparing several different kinds of coffee through the practice of cupping. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Elm RoomMarty Souza
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm SOLD OUT – Agave All Day

Tastings include a rare opportunity to experience cooked agave from Mexico and a special chance to try some limited-edition spirits not currently available in the US. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Green Mountain RoomJorge Raptis
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Happy Together: Food and Wine Pairings Made Easy

An interactive seminar focused on demystifying the oft-discussed art of pairing wine with food. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Vacationland RoomRob McCaughey
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Drink Like a Bostonian: Mix & Stir the Classics

Learn how the city has been imagined throughout cocktail history: in the drinks that bear its name, the recipes that originated here. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Nutmeg RoomBrian Hoefling, Jonathan Pogash
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm SOLD OUT – Single Malts: Different Strokes for Different Folks

Learn how stills, casks, and a distiller’s tradition influence the final product in Single Malts from around the world. [...]Read More...

Bay State Room, BCAEBikram Singh, Holly Seidewand, Jan Brown, Jordan Felix, Raj Sabharwal, Rhonda Kallman
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm The Essence of Mixability: A London Essence Pop-Up

Celebrate Britvic’s Boston launch with refreshing highballs featuring tonics and ginger ale, and learn how to use these mixers in cocktails of your own creation. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Ocean Room
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Distilled in Boston

Boston Harbor, GrandTen, and Bully Boy distilleries are all hard at work reviving the local tradition of hand-crafted spirits ranging from whisky, to rum, to cordials, and more. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Granite RoomMatt Nuernberger, Naomi Levy, Rhonda Kallman, Will Willis
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Gin Lab: Discovering Botanicals and Your Personal Preference

Use what you learn to blend botanical infusions and make your own gin [...]Read More...

BCAE, Vacationland RoomWilliam Codman
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm SOLD OUT – Let’s Have a Tiki: Mixing cocktails with Brother Cleve

Brother Cleve shares his passion for Tiki with a hands-on training so you can learn to mix and shake your own tiki cocktails. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Nutmeg RoomBrother Cleve
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm More Than Martinis: Vodkas Side-by-Side

Take a closer look at vodka in this side-by-side comparison. Find your new favorite or discover a new taste! [...]Read More...

Bay State Room, BCAEJeff Cole, Jessica Knowles, Kevin Morrison, Nick Wright, Tom Hardy
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Blender Bender: BLENDERDOME

Blender Bender pits teams of bartenders agains each other in a blended competition to end all blended competitions. [...]Read More...

Whiskey Saigon
11:00 pm - 1:00 am Fernet Barcade After Party

This is the 80s arcade & dance that will most definitely blow your mind, complete with arcade games by the crew at Bitbar. [...]Read More...

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