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The Boston JerkFest Cocktail School is in Session!

Ever tried a cocktail made with beer?  How’s about one with beer, rum and liquor?

No?

Well, now’s your chance to try out some creative cocktails and learn from some of Boston’s hottest mixologist.  Not only have we expanded our Rum and Brew sessions to two floors, but was also added activities to feed your mind.  Between sips of the latest offerings from 20 distilleries, breweries and artisan beverage makers, you can get your learning on with lessons on how to use those offerings in a cocktail.  And, of course, there will be sampling!

TAZA Chocolate will also be on hand to answer that pressing question, “what chocolate should I eat with this drink?”  The chocolate experts from TAZA made many sacrifices, but probably the most delectable one was searching out the best drink pairings for their products.  Want a chocolate that can stand up to Battle Road Beer’s Lexington Green East India Pale Ale?  Try a 70% Stone Ground Bar.  How’s about something delicate like a citrusy 70% Dark Orange Chocolate Mexicano to bring out those orange blossom notes in Downeast Cider’s Hard Honey?  Try a fun and interesting sensory experience by sampling Artisan Beverage Cooperative’s sweet Ginger Libation with a bitter Coffee Chocolate Mexicano.

Are you ready?  Here’s a sampling of what’s in store for you.

 

  • Tropical New England Cocktails: It’s going to be warm on June 28th, so try out something refreshing for your pallette.  Join Mixologist Nadine Nelson of Tropical Foods for a Caribbean cocktail demo.  These cocktails are sure to bring white sand beaches and the palm trees to mind while offering a decidedly New England flair with Portland, Maine’s very own Eight Bells Rum from New England Distilling.

  • Ginger Four Ways: What summer cocktail is complete without a hint of ginger?  Lonnie Newburn of South Boston’s GrandTen Distilling and Jack Summers from Jack from Brooklyn, maker of Sorel, will be showing off the versatility this spicy and tangy ingredient.  They will be mixing up beer cocktails with Aeronaut Brewing, C&J Ginger Beer, Sorel and GrandTen’s Medford Rum.

  • Produce Forward Cocktails:  Beet juice in a cocktail?  Yes, it is delicious! Kaitlin Mitza of Cuisine en Locale is a pioneer in creating cocktails using locally sourced produce.  She will be showing off her local credentials by not only using produce from local farmers, but also using locally made infused liquors from Damnation Alley in Belmont, Massachusetts.

  • St. Elder and Screech Cocktails: Mixologist Kim Welo will be representing Somerville’s very own St. Elder Liqueur and Newfoundland’s Screech Rum to show you how to make some unique cocktails. Wow friends this summer by pairing these two uniquely flavored liquors in your cocktail making tool box.

  • Unique Elderflower Cocktails:  Downeast Cider and Battle Road Beer set out to challenge mixologist Evonne Wetzner from St. Elder. They asked her to create  delicious, summery and fun cocktails using these three ingredients.  Now her secret can be your go to summer drink!

  • Savvor Lounge Specialties:  Have you visited the Leather District’s hottest new Restaurant and Lounge, Savvor?  If not, you are missing out.  This new restaurant focuses on Southern and Caribbean food.  We are letting their bar manager and mixologist, Courtney McCall loose in the Festival to find spicy and tropical ingredients for some impromptu cocktail demos.

Stay tuned for more on our Cocktail Demonstrations, in the mean time, reserve your spot  and head over and get your ticket for the Boston JerkFest Rum and Brew Tasting sessions!

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