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The Boston Cocktail Summit, October 4-6


Boston Cocktail Summit

Boston’s first-ever citywide cocktail event will celebrate the culture of the cocktail with three days of events, parties, trade exhibits, educational seminars, and galas. Mixology superstars will dazzle with creative and classic cocktails, celebrated Boston chefs will prepare delicious cocktail dinners, and local and international spirits authorities will offer informative and educational seminars.

Mutineer is proud to be along for the ride as we have teamed up with the Boston Cocktail Summit as a sponsor for the inaugural year. While there are too many incredible events to list, here are the ones we are sponsoring:

Terroir Driven Spirits
Benjamin Jones and Misty Kalkofen
October 5, 4:00-5:30pm
Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $25

This presentation will focus on spirits where the quality and character is truly derived from the earth/environment from which they come, can’t be produced elsewhere (to that specific quality) and where preparation prior to distillation is one of the principle factors in delivering the highest quality product.

The Great Whisk(e)y Debate
David Mays – Moderator
October 5, 4:00-5:30pm
Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $25

For the beginner or the connoisseur, this class will be a treat! You’ll taste through Irish (Kilbeggan, Coonemara), Canadian (CC 12 and Sherry Cask), Bourbons (KCSB, Devil’s Cut, KC Rye) and Scotch (LP10, Triple Wood). We’ll cover the basics of what makes each of these Whiskies unique, and talk about the similarities as well. Whether you’re a Bourbon fan or a Scotch collector, this is sure to be a fun trip around the world of Whiskies!

Sweet & Bitter
Kirsten Amann & Martin C. Duffy
October 6, 10:00-11:30am
Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $25

Why does Fernet taste so delicious to some people and overbearingly bitter to others? Why does Benedictine come across as spicy & complex to some, but simply sweet to the uninitiated? And in a bartender’s world, where bitter cocktails are all the rage, is there any hope for the sweet-toothed mixologist? The folks behind this year’s Manhattan Cocktail Classic seminar are back, honing in on the Sweet and Bitter of things, two of the most important yet ever so divisive tastes. Join Kitty Amann, Brand Ambassador for Fernet Branca, and Martin C. Duffy, National Brand Ambassador for Benedictine D.O.M., as they host Don Katz, professor of Neuroscience and Chemosensation, Chemist Graham Wright, and nutritionist Kendra Strasburg as they illuminate Sweet and Bitter from a scientific and biological perspective.
From Fernet and a cheap beer to Imperial Royales to the iconic Benedict’s Rule and Benedictine Cocktail, we’ll sample Sweet and Bitter drinks that fall into both camps as we ask ourselves: “Sweet or Bitter, which is better? Can’t we all just get along?”

Francesco Lafranconi
October 6, 12:00-1:30pm
Royal Sonesta Hotel $35

Deep rooted in the Italian culture and regional folklore for centuries, the Amaro is the new generation of Italian immigrant. Coming to America with several brands at a time, it is becoming among the finest ambassadors for the Made in Italy. Whether consumed straight up or on the rocks, before or after a meal, or most likely used as a bitter-sweet complex modifier in creative cocktails, Amari are living the American Dream! Join internationally renown bar life personality, Francesco Lafranconi-Executive Director of Mixology & Spirits Education for Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada, for a wonderful and intriguing journey through Italy’s finest brands. Amari’s century-old family own secret formulas and never-heard-before botanicals are still shrouded with mystery, but not for long. The seminar will help you to “Speak Amari” after this unique tasting experience!

Spirits Tasting in a Blind
Steve Olson and Doug Frost
October 6, 1:30-3:00pm
Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $35

Spirits Tasting in a Blind, or how spirits professionals describe spirits with something other than “I like it.” Join tasting experts Steve Olson, aka wine geek, and Doug Frost MS, MW, to discover the tricks of the trade, and learn the steps that these two BAR (Beverage Alcohol Resource) founders and examiners take when teaching spirits tasting to true professionals.

Bienvenido a Tequila 101
David Mays
October 6, 3:00-4:30pm
Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $25

This seminar isn’t about shots (though we’ll address them), it’s about appreciating the legendary spirit of Mexico, with all its complexities. Whether you’ve had that one unpleasant experience, or you truly appreciate the sublime beauty of Tequila, this class will be a fun and interesting journey South of the border. No passport needed!

Making Great Gin Cocktails at Home – Hands On with Tony Abou-Ganim
October 6, 4:00-5:30pm
Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $35

Join Tony Abou-Ganim, The Modern Mixologist, as he shows you what you need to stock your home bar, tools of the trade and how to use them, and all the secrets behind mixing great gin drinks at home. Be it a classic a Martini, Tony’s favorite cocktail, the Negroni or one of his originals, he’ll show you how easy it is to craft these wonderful libations. From shaking to stirring, muddling to blending, Boston Shakers and Hawthorn Strainers, you’ll learn all you need to know to set up and tend your home bar. Whether you’re a professional bartender or just want to impress your friends, you’re sure to enjoy this entertaining journey into what it takes to make a great gin cocktail!

Summit Bar
Friday & Saturday October 5 & 6, 2012
10:00am – 5:00pm
Royal Sonesta Hotel

Stop by the Summit Bar and see who’s behind the stick!
Meet some of Boston’s best bartenders as well as special guests from
around the globe. Try a complimentary cocktail made from your favorite spirit brands and
toast the 2012 Boston Cocktail Summit!

Tickets are still available for many events. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.bostoncocktailsummit.com/.


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