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Thirst Boston returns to town this weekend

BOSTON – A favorite beverage events with a spirited spirits focus takes place this weekend here, kicking off its educational seminars at BCAE (Boston Center for Adult Education) in the city’s South End.

The pre-eminent cocktail event combines educational seminars about spirits, cocktails and locally made beverages with lively evening spirits-focused events.

Making it happen are Mauren Hautaniemi who began her career at age 13, carrying trays and today works with OFFSITE to produce events for the spirits industry. Joining her is Nick Korn who calls himself a “life-long student and self-identified nerd” with a background in anthropology and a love of travel. He brings his academic “lens” to the eating/drinking industry after a decade of working as a professional in the bar industry. Today he owns and manages OFFSITE, a boutique event and strategy firms with a beverage industry focus.

Thirst Boston kicks off with an opening party on April 28 at Shojo from 8 to 11 p.m. Cocktail Atlas with Beam Suntory will be followed by an after-party sponsored by St. Germain at Drink from 11 p.m. -2 a.m.

Saturday kicks off with a round of classes at BCAE…check them out on www.thirstboston.com, as many are already sold out and the rest, going fast. A unique event, the Ghost of Cocktails Past, will be a walking tour of Boston dive bars from 3:30 to 5 p.m. with Brother Cleve.

Saturday evening is State Lines – Spirits and Carnival Games at Boston’s Innovation & Design Building in the Seaport from 6 p.m.to 10 p.m. Then move on to Kentucky Tiki with Four Roses at Tavern Road in the Fort Point Channel.

On Sunday, check out Rhum Barbancourt, a look at Haitian spirits going beyond rum from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at BCAE- Ocean Room followed by an Afternoon with Nico de Soto of New York’s MACE and Paris’ DANICO at Drink from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. at Drink. Go to ThirstBoston.com for the rest of the afternoon’s excellent looks into whiskey blending, Gin Lab, Irish Whiskey and Sugar, Sugar: Pastry & Cocktails.

The evening’s big event is Gender Bender Blender Bender, presented by Vitamix at Whiskey Saigon from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m., with an After Party with Fernet Branca to follow from 11:30 p.m. until 2:30 a.m. at Silvertone.


PHOTO: Caitlin Cunningham



Inaugural Thirst Boston festival November 9-11 at Hotel Commonwealth in the Back Bay

Coming soon to Boston is a new spirited cocktail and drinking festival founded by four longtime industry professionals, Brandy Rand, Andrew Dietz, TJ Connelly and Maureen Hautanemi. The event brings together bartenders, beverage connoisseurs, restaurateurs and other industry professionals to showcase fine beverages, creative mixology and more.

On Sunday, Nov. 9, at The Esplanade in the Hotel Commonwealth, second floor, the Bartender Blender Event showcases frozen libations with a battle among 12 top bartenders in partnership with the Boston Chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild. The challenge includes attendees voting for the winner. Tiki attire is strong encouraged!

Bartenders and featured spirits will be:

· Clinton Terry from Boarding House blending Don Q Rum · Ezra Star from Drink – Plantation Rum · Jess Li from Trina’s Starlite blending Cruzan Rum · Josh Taylor from West Bridge blending Bully Boy Rum · Joy Richard from Citizen blending Ron Zacapa Rum · Kevin Mabry from JM Curley blending Olmeca Altos Tequila · Kevin Martin from Eastern Standard blending Berkshire Ragged Mountain Rum · Ran Duan from The Baldwin at Sichuan Garden blending Bacardi Rum · Ryan McGrale from Tavern Road blending Ferrand Dry Curacao · Sam Gabrielli from Russell House blending Privateer Rum · Sam Treadway from Back Bar blending Disaronno · Ted Kilpatrick from No 9 Park – Combier Additional sponsors include: Red Stripe beer, Vitamix blenders, ShakeStir. 

Tickets are $50 per person and the event runs from 8 to 11 p.m. Visit Image for more information.