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