2019 Schedule

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Thirst Boston 2019 Schedule

Friday, April 26 Classes LocationsTeachers
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm Opening Night Party – Sponsored by Diageo

This event is by invitation only.  [...]Read More...

11:00 pm - 1:00 am Tequila Tromba After Party at Lion’s Tail

After Party at Lion’s Tail sponsored by Tequila Tromba   Listed after parties are open the the public. No RSVP required.  [...]Read More...

Lion's Tail
Saturday, April 27 Classes LocationsTeachers
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Rye Not?: American History in a Glass

Join an esteemed panel of experts to discuss—and taste—the rich history and fascinating styles of Rye Whiskey. [...]Read More...

Bay State Room, BCAEGina Fossitt, Greg Metze, Ryan Norwood, Tim Cabral, Tim Heuisler
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Finishing Touches: The Art of Customizing your Old Fashioned (SOLD OUT)

Learn the fundamentals of creating a spectacular Old Fashioned at this hands-on seminar. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Nutmeg RoomMonica Mikolajewicz, Rachel Kling
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Bubbles Make it Better: Hands-On Carbonation Class (SOLD OUT)

Join Whaling in Oklahoma’s Colin Mason and Beam-Suntory’s Jack Kavanaugh on a journey to the perfect bubble. Explore a variety of technologies, learn some key tricks, and taste some damn delicious whisky. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Elm RoomColin Mason, Jack Kavanagh
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Around the Table with St. George Distilling (SOLD OUT)

Proudly independent, passionate about innovation, and committed to craft, St. George will be pouring a wide range of premium spirits including products no longer available for purchase or difficult to acquire. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Green Mountain RoomBryan Bartell
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm An Afternoon With… Natural Wine (SOLD OUT)

We'll explore natural wine's origins, influences, and why this small (but growing) group of punk rock wine nerds is creating space in the industry for more women, queer folks, and people of color. [...]Read More...

BCAE, DrinkHaley Fortier, Lauren Friel
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Fruitations Quench Bar

Say hello to Fruitations Craft Soda & Cocktail Mixers and quench your thirst for something new and delicious. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Ocean Room
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Tiki Through a Polynesian Lens (SOLD OUT)

This seminar compares genuine cultural aspects of Polynesia with the representation of Polynesia in conventional tiki culture, and encourages the respectful and responsible representation of island cultures in today’s tiki resurgence. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Granite RoomSam Jimenez
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Bagged Lunch Delivery

Saturday Bagged Lunch by Smoke Shop [...]Read More...

BCAE
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Irish Whiskey: So Hot Right Now

For the last century, Irish Whiskey saw shrinking sales, corporate consolidation, and distillery closure—but now all of that has changed. [...]Read More...

Bay State Room, BCAEBrendan Crowley, Cian Ó Scolaí, Michael Egan, Sean McKay, Xander Brown
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Pith to Pit: Maximizing Citrus in your Home Bar (SOLD OUT)

Learn hands-on cocktail recipes that can be made with sustainable ingredients. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Nutmeg RoomKayla Quigley
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm It’s Party Time!: How to Make Cocktails For a Crowd (SOLD OUT)

Learn tips from cocktail and event experts on how to make large quantities of drinks in a short amount of time. This class will feature drink samples, mocktails, and hands-on cocktail making.
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BCAE, Elm RoomBonnie Nag, Jonathan Pogash
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm Clay is the New Oak: Aging Spirits in Clay

Amphorae-fermented and aged wine is becoming ever popular and clay-distilled mezcals are some of the most sought-after in the market. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Granite RoomFrancisco Terrazas
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Rum Runners of the Prohibition Era

Famed “Rum Runner” Bill McCoy used legal loopholes to defy prohibition and confound the US government, becoming a folk hero and importer of unadulterated spirits known as “the Real McCoy.” [...]Read More...

BCAE, Green Mountain RoomJosh Perez
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm Origin Tasting Room

Please join Origin and the people behind these brands as they host a tasting of straight spirits as well as cocktails [...]Read More...

BCAE, Vacationland Room
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Bitters Boutique

Take an Angel’s Envy Old Fashioned and test different bitters (including Scrappy’s, King Floyd’s, El Guapo, and Dashfire) to find the perfect combination! [...]Read More...

BCAE, Lobby
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Diplomatico Negroni Bar

The world’s most legendary rum meets its match with an exciting twist on the iconic classic cocktail, the Negroni. This is a pop-up bar  serving sample sized cocktails and is open to all 21+ Thirst Boston ticketholders. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Ocean Room
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Talking Tequila: Innovation through Tradition

In honoring the true flavor of agave--and to meet a more discerning palate--producers have turned not to the future, but to the past: embracing processes like the volcanic stone wheel tahona, that had all but disappeared 60 years ago. [...]Read More...

Bay State Room, BCAEBrandon Cummins, David Alan, Eduardo Orendain, Joaquin Meza, Stefano Francavillia
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm The Battle of French 75 (SOLD OUT)

You will explore the historical significance of the French 75 cocktail by sampling forgotten recipes while engaging in a lively debate of which country can finally claim victory in the battle of this bubbly beverage. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Nutmeg RoomKeli Rivers, Zahra Bates
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Brother Cleve’s Walking Tour (SOLD OUT)

Learn about Boston’s cocktail history, from Chinatown Tiki bars to Combat Zone music venues, from literary hangouts to legendary Irish Bars. [...]Read More...

BCAEBrother Cleve
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Asian Whisky: A Love Story (SOLD OUT)

Learn the stories of two major players bringing both history and invention to whisky: Nikka from Japan and Kavalan from Taiwan. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Green Mountain RoomLaura Kanzler, Stephanie Wheeler
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm The Nose Knows: How Smell Alters Taste in Cocktails

his seminar will inspire (and manipulate) your experience by looking at unique and original ways to alter and enhance existing flavor profiles of existing spirits. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Granite RoomEamon Rockey, Gareth Howells, Michael Carby
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Mezcal Me Maybe: Understanding Mezcal

Espadin… tobala… tepextate… How do different varieties of agave affect the flavor of your mezcal? And what impact does the production process have on it? [...]Read More...

Bay State Room, BCAELou Bank
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm State Lines

Bartenders from all over New England in an Urban State Fair complete with carnival games and prizes, [...]Read More...

Innovation Design Center
10:00 pm - 1:00 am Four Roses After Party at Area Four

After Party at Area Four South End, sponsored by Four Roses Bourbon.   Listed after parties are open to the public, no RSVP required. [...]Read More...

Area Four - South End
10:00 pm - 1:00 am Tequila Tromba After Party at Smoke Shop Fort Point

After Party at Smoke Shop Fort Point sponsored by Tequila Tromba.   Listed after parties are open to the public and do not require an RSVP. [...]Read More...

Smoke Shop Fort Point
Sunday, April 28 Classes LocationsTeachers
11:00 am - 2:30 pm Bar Manager Bootcamp

Bar Manager Bootcamp is a professional development course designed to provide Tools, Peers, and Mentors to the next generation of Bar Managers [...]Read More...

Wink and NodEmma Hollander, Jared Sadoian, Josh Childs, Rob Robinson, Ryan Lotz, Susan Warshauer
11:30 am - 1:00 pm R(h)um from Cane

Comparative tasting from five different r(h)um professionals discussing the differences and delights of productions methods in rum. [...]Read More...

Bay State Room, BCAEBryan Bartell, Francisco Terrazas, Kate Perry, Kimi Winkler, Kiowa Bryan, Rob McCaughey
11:30 am - 1:00 pm The Mad Science of Chocolate and Booze

This hands-on class will teach how to make a whisky-flavored ganache with Amrut whisky and how to implement it into various dessert treats. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Elm RoomJules Remenar
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Around the Table with Knockdhu and Balblair Distilleries

In this roundtable Zach Taylor, CEO and co-founder of a whiskey education company, will focus specifically on the importance of clean fermentations and the positive effects of natural color, non-chill filtration, and superb cask management. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Green Mountain RoomZach Taylor
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm New England’s Best: Oysters and Gin

Sample New England’s best oysters alongside a Gibson, martini, and more—and learn why certain flavors work best together. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Nutmeg RoomBekah Angoff, Brian Hoefling
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm An Afternoon With Jim Meehan and Brother Cleve (SOLD OUT)

Join us for an afternoon with Brother Cleve and Banks Rum co-founder Jim Meehan [...]Read More...

BCAE, Walking TourBrother Cleve, Jim Meehan
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Aging Comparisons: Side by Side Single Casks

The selection of the type of barrel used to age or finish a whisky is one of the most vital elements in whisky production. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Granite RoomEzra Star, Raj Sabharwal
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm The Source of Sweetness: The International Sugar Industry

How is sugar bought and sold—and what can we do to bring awareness and support to those doing the hard work of sugar making? Who is really using their own sugar? [...]Read More...

BCAE, Vacationland RoomAlexander Kong, Maggie Campbell
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Cocktails, Coffee and some friendly Bacardi Ambassadors

Coffee in cocktails go together like Tea and Taxation.  Join your friends from Grey Goose, Teeling, Bacardi, Bombay Sapphire and Santa Teresa as they put a little pep in your afternoon step. This is a pop-up bar and will offer cocktail samples to ticketholders of Thirst Boston. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Ocean Room
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Bagged Lunch Delivery

Sunday Bagged Lunch by Roxy’s Grilled Cheese Each bagged lunch will include a bag of chips and a cookie Regular or Tofu Hot Dog = $12 Ketchup, mustard, Grillo’s pickle Double Fried Chicken Sandwich = $14 Buttermilk brined, twice fried chicken, lettuce, Grillo’s pickles, ranch dressing, Mike’s Hot Honey Buffalo Tofu Salad (v+,gf) = $14... Continue Reading [...]Read More...

BCAE
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Tasting Bourbon with Fred Noe

Join 7th Generation Master Distiller Fred Noe of the Jim Beam Distillery to sip and chat your way through some of his family's whiskeys. [...]Read More...

Bay State Room, BCAEFred Noe, Tim Heuisler
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Beyond the Blender: Rum Drinks at Home (SOLD OUT)

You will apron up and shake, stir, and throw some very tasty concoctions—all while learning about the balance of well-crafted flavors and a premium rum with great history. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Elm RoomMoe Isaza
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Around the Table with Martini & Rossi

Join us for an in-depth discussion of the increasingly popular bitter and aromatized wine categories. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Green Mountain RoomFabio Raffaeli
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm The Eh, B, C’s of Canadian Whiskies

Guests will learn the traditional style of Canadian whisky production, which entails blending grain flavor profiles after production, resulting in blended whisky. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Nutmeg RoomDave Mitton, Gina Fossitt
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Beyond the 50/50: Building Aromatized Wine Cocktails (SOLD OUT)

Join Jake Parrot from Haus Alpenz and Jared Sandoian from The Hawthorne in an evaluative tasting of a range of different styles of aromatized wines [...]Read More...

BCAE, Vacationland RoomJake Parrot, Jared Sadoian
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Tricks of the Trade

Acclaimed flair bartender Dean Serneels will teach some tricks of the trade—literally. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Granite RoomDean Serneels
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Bitters Boutique

Take an Angel’s Envy Old Fashioned and test different bitters (including Scrappy’s, King Floyd’s, El Guapo, and Dashfire) to find the perfect combination! [...]Read More...

BCAE, Lobby
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Scotch and Sherry: #SquadGoals

Attendees will learn about the historical significance of sherry consumption and barrel use in Scotland as well as how it impacts the flavors of scotch whisky. [...]Read More...

BCAE, Green Mountain RoomCarlo Caroscio, Steven Dragun
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Intergalactic Blender Bender

Back for the 6th year in a row, this space themed blended cocktail competition is sure to knock your socks off! [...]Read More...

China Pearl
11:00 pm - 1:00 am Q Drinks After Party at JM Curley

After Party at JM Curley sponsored by Q Drinks. Listed after parties are open to the public and do not require an RSVP.  [...]Read More...

JM Curley
11:00 pm - 1:00 am Tequila Tromba After Party at Silvertone

After Party at Silvertone sponsored by Tequila Tromba.   Listed after parties are open to the public and do not require an RSVP. [...]Read More...

Silvertone
Monday, April 29 Classes LocationsTeachers
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm United / Martignetti Tasting Room

We want our customers tasting in progressions as we do in wine: One part of the room will be set up from white spirits, transitioning to brown, then to herbal/vermouth, and finishing with non-alcoholics. We will also be featuring bartenders from all over the state to highlight cocktails from their programs that feature brands being... Continue Reading [...]Read More...

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APRIL 26-28th 2019
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