Imbibing Agenda

Belgianfest Tickets, Amaro, and Holiday Cocktail Tutelage

Mark your calendar and prepare to meet your maker.

By Allecia Vermillion December 14, 2011

On January 17, Spinasse offers one comprehensive amaro education.

Sun Liquor still has a space or two left in its holiday cocktail class on Saturday, December 17. On bar manager and head distiller Erik Chapman’s syllabus: punches, nogs, and classics. Get your $45 ticket and prepare for a most educational afternoon (class runs 1-3), most likely followed by a nog-fueled nap.

Poquitos has been celebrating the wares of our local distillers (and importers) on Monday nights; the December 19 rendition features a rather special guest. Steven Stone is the president of the Washington Distillers Guild and the founder of Sound Spirits, the first distillery to open in Seattle after the state’s change of heart on craft distilleries in 2008. He’ll be at Poquitos from 9-11 Monday night; you can pepper him with questions about our changing liquor laws, or just sample his wares via $5 cocktails made with Sound Spirits Ebb and Flow vodka and gin.

Amaro is a type of bitter Italian liqueur, made with herbs, that’s becoming more visible in Seattle thanks to some knowledgeable bartenders and Italo-centric drinking spots like Artusi and Spinasse. Chef Jason Stratton, maestro of both of those fine estasblishments, is doing a “meet the maker” dinner January 17 celebrating a fellow Italian-loving chef who happens to be making Seattle’s first locally produced amaro just a few blocks away at Oola Distillery. The multi-course dinner and amari tasting features the soon-to-be-released amaro made by Il Corvo chef Mike Easton. The $90 evening includes snacks, amaro, a tour of nearby Oola Distilery, dinner, and more amaro. Contact the restaurant for more details.

Belgianfest isn’t until February 4, but trust me: get your tickets now. This shindig is highly likely to sell out, even in its roomier new digs on Pier 66. Washington Beer Blog has some details on this assemblage of Belgian-style beers from more than 20 breweries around the state. It’s an especially welcome event for beer drinkers who chafe at IPA’s dominance in this part of the world.

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