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San Antonio Cocktail Conference 2014 tickets are available NOW!

Tickets will be available at the door of events and classes, if not previously sold out. It is highly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance online or by phone at (866) 757-8330, as there are a limited amount of tickets left. On-site tickets are available from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel Lobby Friday and Saturday, and beginning 30 minutes before each evening event at the event location.


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Events

Opening Night at the Majestic Theatre

Majestic Theatre, Thursday, January 16, 7:00-11:00 p.m.

Event Time: 07:00 PM on Jan 16, 2014

Price: $100.00    

Party all night with friends as we kick off the 3rd Annual San Antonio Cocktail Conference with a spectacular night at the Majestic Theatre. The ornate landings and alcoves of this historic theatre play host to 25 bars, where ambassadors of select spirit brands will serve up their own signature drinks. Meanwhile, you'll move throughout all three levels of the theatre to enjoy food stations with unique treats, live music, including the smooth sounds of DJ Steven Lee Moya in the third floor lounge, and a benefit auction.

This is an event not to miss!

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The Macallan Scotch Whisky Dinner at Biga on the Banks

Biga on the Banks

Event Time: 06:45 PM on Jan 14, 2014

Price: $100.00    

*THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT*

Biga on the Banks, owned by James Beard award nominee, Chef Bruce Auden, plays host to this special, limited dinner on Tuesday, January 14, with a welcome reception beginning at 6:45 p.m. and a multi-course dinner beginning 7:30 p.m. This pre-conference feast will feature The Macallan Scotch Whisky paired perfectly with cuisine from this famed Riverwalk eatery. Additional details coming soon.

Seating is limited!

$100 all inclusive

Biga on the Banks - 203 S. St. Marys, Ste. 100

Welcome Reception: 6:45 p.m.
Dinner: 7:30 p.m.

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Herradura Tequila Dinner at Mariachi Bar

Mariachi Bar at Mi Tierra Café & Bakery

Event Time: 07:00 PM on Jan 15, 2014

Price: $75.00    

La Familia Cortez of historic Market Square offers SACC participants a sneak peak at their newest restaurant, Viva Villa Taquerίa, with a very special tequila-centric dinner. The pre-conference pop-up dinner features a variety of Herradura tequilas, all paired with uniquely prepared foods from this San Antonio landmark family’s kitchen. Get an insider’s view of the new space, design and menu that will open as Viva Villa Taquerίa in March, 2014.

Seating is limited!

$75 all inclusive

Mariachi Bar at Mi Tierra Café & Bakery - 218 Produce Row
7:00 p.m.

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BBQ & Bourbon Kickoff

Two Bros. BBQ Market

Event Time: 07:00 PM on Jan 15, 2014

Price: $60.00    

*THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT*

Kick off the San Antonio Cocktail Conference on Wednesday, January 15th at 7:00 p.m. with BBQ & Bourbon at Two Bros. BBQ, as only Jason Dady can do it. This pre-conference dinner will include assorted BBQ stations serving Texas Brisket with Bourbon Peach BBQ Sauce, Bourbon & Honey Glazed Baby Back Ribs, Smoked Porchetta with Pear Mostarda and Smoked and Fried Crispy Chicken Wings with Cumin Dust. All served with BBQ side dishes and paired with Buffalo Trace, W. L. Weller, and W. L. Weller 12 year bourbons. Oh, and did we mention Bourbon Pecan Banana Puddin’?

$60 all inclusive

Two Bros. BBQ Market - 12656 West Ave.
7:00 p.m.

 

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Imbibe Magazine Happy Hour

The Esquire Tavern, Thursday, January 16, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Event Time: 05:00 PM on Jan 16, 2014

Price: $0.00    

Imbibe Magazine and Anchor Distilling invite you to The Esquire Tavern for a Thursday-afternoon happy hour toasting to the release of the Imbibe 75: The People, Places, Flavors and Destinations that will define the way we drink in 2014! Bartender Houston Eaves will be mixing up delicious cocktails, so come by for a drink on your way to Opening Night at the Majestic Theatre, toast to the start of San Antonio Cocktail Conference, and see why Imbibe included San Antonio on its destinations to watch list.

Admission is free with the purchase of any San Antonio Cocktail Conference ticket or at the door for a $10 donation to our non-profit beneficiaries, HeartGift San Antonio and ChildSafe. A reservation is required, as space is limited. Reserve your spot by clicking the 'Buy Tickets' button.

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Happy Hour and Sherry Slam

Co-hosted by The Monterey and Virtuoso Selections

Event Time: 04:00 PM on Jan 17, 2014

Price: $0.00    

Enjoy a genteel introduction to “underappreciated” sherry – then burst into an all-out rowdy happy hour pachanga co-hosted by Virtuoso Selections and The Monterey.

Admission is free with the purchase of any San Antonio Cocktail Conference ticket or at the door for a $20 donation to our non-profit beneficiaries, HeartGift San Antonio and ChildSafe.

The Monterey - 1127 S. St. Mary's
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

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Texas Spirits Night

Rio San Antonio Cruises from Weston Centre beginning at 6:00 p.m. -and- Pearl Stables, 7:00 - 11:00 p.m.

Event Time: 06:00 PM on Jan 17, 2014

Price: $75.00    

The evening launches from the Weston Centre with cocktails hosted by Remy-Cointreau. Then board a barge and travel upriver to Pearl for a sparkling showcase of 11 Texas brands creatively presented by some of San Antonio’s finest craft cocktail bars. Enjoy live music from The Rick Cavender Band and chef-driven bites from Pearl area restaurants before being transported back to the Weston Centre.

Free parking is available at the Weston Centre Parking Garage (entrance on Soledad).

Boats launch continuously from 6:15 – 8 p.m.; the Pearl event runs from 7 – 11 p.m. and transportation back to the Weston Centre is available throughout the evening.

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Exclusive Pairing: Texas Spirits Night & Private LOOP After-Party

Event Time: 06:00 PM on Jan 17, 2014

Price: $75.00    

LOOP Members Only; code required to purchase tickets.

Launch Point: The Weston Centre (6 PM)
First Destination: Pearl Stable (7 PM)
Final Destination: Cured (11 PM)

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Sandeman Pleasure Reinvented

Hosted by Sandeman Porto

Event Time: 12:00 PM on Jan 18, 2014

Price: $0.00    

Sandeman is reinventing pleasure, one Porto cocktail at a time. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy delicious Sandeman Porto cocktails while relaxing in the Sandeman Lounge. A Chocolatier will be on hand offering a live interactive truffle-making demo complete with sampling opportunities. Before you leave, stop by for a relaxing chair massage or dress up as the “Sandeman Don” and have fun in the photo booth.

Admission is free.

Sheraton Gunter Hotel - Promenade
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

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Friendly Craft Beer Break

The Friendly Spot, 943 S. Alamo St.

Event Time: 04:00 PM on Jan 18, 2014

Price: $0.00    

Swing by for sampling and information straight from the brewers or brewery reps. Admission to the Beer Break is free with the purchase of any San Antonio Cocktail Conference ticket or at the door for a $20 donation to our non-profit beneficiaries, ChildSafe and HeartGift San Antonio.

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Combo Ticket: Stroll on Houston St AND After Party with The 86 Co. & The Spazmatics (Savings of $25)

Event Time: 06:00 PM on Jan 18, 2014

Price: $125.00    

SAVE $25 BY PURCHASING A COMBO TICKET FOR BOTH SATURDAY EVENING EVENTS!

 

Stroll on Houston Street - Bohanan's Restaurant & Bar -and- Luke San Antonio, Saturday, January 18, 6:00-10:00 p.m.

We’re closing the sidewalks and opening up the night to SACC, with parties, food and booze at the glittering Bohanan’s Bar and courtyard, and overlooking the River Walk at Lϋke. Between the two venues? Music, music, music.

Sponsored by: San Antonio Current

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After-Party with the The 86 Co. & The Spazmatics - Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, Saturday, January 18, 10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.

Aylesbury Duck Vodka & San Antonio Cocktail Conference
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The 1980’s Redemption Remix After-Party

Aylesbury Duck Vodka invites you for a night of fun and debauchery - 80’s style in the historic Charline McCombs Empire Theatre on Saturday, January 18, beginning at 10 p.m. Come enjoy Texas’ best bars and bartenders as they offer redeemed “throwback” 80's cocktails with Aylesbury Duck Vodka, Tequila Cabeza, Caña Brava Rum and Fords Gin. Accompanied by a live performance by The Spazmatics, go back to the decade that brought us skinny ties and big hair. Food trucks will be available for the hungry. Dance if you want to, but don’t leave your friends behind.

Sponsored By: The 86 Co.

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Stroll on Houston St.

Bohanan's Restaurant & Bar -and- Luke San Antonio, Saturday, January 18, 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Event Time: 06:00 PM on Jan 18, 2014

Price: $75.00    

We’re closing the sidewalks and opening up the night to SACC, with parties, food and booze at the glittering Bohanan’s Bar and courtyard, and overlooking the River Walk at Lϋke. Between the two venues? Music, music, music.

If you're more of a beer drinker, swing by the IBC lot for craft beers from Firestone Walker, Goose Island, Karbach and Saint Arnold's.

Author and cocktail historian Philip Greene will be on hand at Lϋke signing copies of his book, "To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion."

Sponsored by: San Antonio Current

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After-Party with The 86 Co. & The Spazmatics

Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, Saturday, January 18, 10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.

Event Time: 10:00 PM on Jan 18, 2014

Price: $75.00    

Aylesbury Duck Vodka & San Antonio Cocktail Conference
present
The 1980’s Redemption Remix After-Party

Aylesbury Duck Vodka invites you for a night of fun and debauchery - 80’s style in the historic Charline McCombs Empire Theatre on Saturday, January 18, beginning at 10 p.m. Come enjoy Texas’ best bars and bartenders as they offer redeemed “throwback” 80's cocktails with Aylesbury Duck Vodka, Tequila Cabeza, Caña Brava Rum and Fords Gin. Accompanied by a live performance by The Spazmatics, go back to the decade that brought us skinny ties and big hair. Food trucks will be available for the hungry. Dance if you want to, but don’t leave your friends behind.

10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.

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Bloody Mary Brunch Hosted by Deep Eddy Vodka

Sheraton Gunter Hotel, Sunday, January 19, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Event Time: 11:00 AM on Jan 19, 2014

Price: $35.00    

Brush off the cobwebs at a totally Texas brunch -- Deep Eddy style! Start with a shakeup call from a duo of Austin's finest: Deep Eddy 10X distilled vodka and Bloody Revolution mix. Then sidle into the fortifying brunch dishes and enjoy cocktails mixed with all three Deep Eddy Vodka varieties: Straight, Sweet Tea and Ruby Red; plus, get the chance to meet the Deep Eddy Bettys -- all in one of San Antonio's most eye-popping landmarks. Use the hashtag #DeepEddyBloodyBrunch while there for a chance to win a Deep Eddy Vodka sponsored party for up to 50 of your friends!

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Movie Screening: Hey Bartender

Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary's St. #200, Sunday, January 19, 2:00 p.m.

Event Time: 02:00 PM on Jan 19, 2014

Price: $10.00    

The documentary focuses on two bartenders trying to achieve their dreams through the world of bartending.

After being injured, a Marine turns his goals to becoming a rock star bartender at the best cocktail bar in the world. A former bank executive who bought the corner bar in his hometown struggles to keep it afloat in a community that no longer values a place where everyone knows your name.

Featuring the most famous bartenders in the world along with unprecedented access to the most exclusive bars in New York City and commentary from Graydon Carter, Danny Meyer and Amy Sacco.

Sponsored by: William Grant & Sons

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Original Cocktail Competition sponsored by William Grant & Sons (Spectator Ticket)

Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary's St. #200, Sunday, January 19, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Event Time: 05:00 PM on Jan 19, 2014

Price: $10.00    

Come join the fun as contestants prepare an original cocktail for a chance at cash prizes!  Each contestant will have 10 minutes to make a cocktail for the guest judges from their own original recipe.

Please Note: This ticket grants access into the competition as a spectator. 

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Original Cocktail Competition sponsored by William Grant & Sons (Contestant Entry)

Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary's St. #200, Sunday, January 19, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Event Time: 05:00 PM on Jan 19, 2014

Price: $20.00    

Prepare an original cocktail and enter for a chance at a prize of $2000! Each contestant will have 10 minutes to make a cocktail for the guest judges from their own original recipe. Each contestant will make three full cocktails (one for presentation and two to divide into four sample cups for judges to taste) using one or more of the following William Grant & Sons spirits: Hendrick’s Gin, Reyka Vodka, Gibson’s Canadian Whisky, Hudson Whiskey (Hudson Baby Bourbon), Milagro Tequila, Lillet (Blanc, Rouge and Rose), Sailor Jerry, Monkey Shoulder, Tullamore Dew, Glenfiddich 15YO, Balvenie 12 DoubleWood and Solerno.

The judging will be blind, with the panel kept in an adjoining room.

Contestants are responsible for bringing their own modifiers including glassware for presentation, bartending equipment and garnish materials. There will be Kold Draft, crushed and large format ice provided, as well as sugar, honey, mint and citrus fruits. Any other fruits must be brought by the contestant.

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A Tribute to Tequila

La Margarita Restaurant & Oyster Bar, 120 Produce Row, Sunday, January 19, 8:00 p.m.

Event Time: 08:00 PM on Jan 19, 2014

Price: $35.00    

Let the joys of hand-crafted, 100% agave cocktails move you as you enjoy a special performance by Grupo Azteca Teokalli, plus tunes from DJ Jarvis at La Margarita Restaurant & Oyster Bar.

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Closing Party at The Brooklynite

The Brooklynite, 516 Brooklyn Ave., Sunday, January 19, 9:00 p.m.

Event Time: 09:00 PM on Jan 19, 2014

Price: $40.00    

Toast another successful SACC at one of the city's most popular bars. Jeret Peña opens The Brooklynite to six of Texas' best bartenders and their creative cocktails. Stay inside for the music and drinks; step outside to food trucks for the included chow.

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Classes

Hot Off the Sugar Cane Press – Agricole Rhum

Event Time: 11:00 AM on Jan 17, 2014

Price: $30.00

Join Benjamin Jones, Christopher Morales and Wyatt Peabody for a rich history lesson and category tasting rolled into one exciting seminar. Learn about the deep complexities of fresh run can rum as you discover the importance of terroir to these world-class spirits. This isn’t a blind tasting to determine the best brand,  it’s a finely tuned education on the category, styles and craft of agricole rhums.

Sheraton Gunter Hotel - Mahncke Room

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

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Making Cocktails for Your Home Cocktail Party

Event Time: 11:00 AM on Jan 17, 2014

Price: $30.00

Learn from a respected pro and pour with confidence! Sasha Petraske will demonstrate basic techniques for making world-class drinks at home, including how to save time by making bulk quantity cocktails and punch for parties.

Sheraton Gunter Hotel - Alamo Room

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

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F*%# Wine: Cheese & Cocktail Pairings

Event Time: 11:30 AM on Jan 17, 2014

Price: $30.00

Quit whining about cocktail pairings for cheese. Bill Norris and Antonelli’s Cheese Shop will explore the pairing possibilities of cocktails and cheese. Step away from the corkscrew and pick up the jigger and shaker!

Sheraton Gunter Hotel - Baker Room

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

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Mixology 101: Build Your Own Signature Cocktail

Event Time: 11:30 AM on Jan 17, 2014

Price: $45.00

“The Cocktail Guru,” Jonathan Pogash, takes you on a fun-filled afternoon of cocktail creation, starting with the basics of bar tools, drink flavor balance, cocktail history and more. Then you’ll be let loose to experiment with spirits, liqueurs, seasonal herbs, fruits and juices – all the ingredients you’ll need to create a signature cocktail of your own (with Jonathan’s help, of course).

Sheraton Gunter Hotel - Quadrangle Room

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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The Evolution of Barrel Aging

Event Time: 12:00 PM on Jan 17, 2014

Price: $30.00

Join Wes Henderson in a discussion of the evolution of barrel-aged spirits, their production methods over the years, and how we’ve arrived at today’s craft spirits craze.

SoHo Wine & Martini Bar - 214 W.Crockett

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

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The Team Equation: Building a Family vs. Hiring a Staff

Event Time: 01:00 PM on Jan 17, 2014

Price: $30.00

Dushan Zaric and Jason Kosmas provide a groundbreaking, thought-provoking seminar on how to build a tribal relationship within your service staff, making common service and business objectives clear and attainable. Learn how to hire the right people that fit with your existing staff and your establishment, how to retain the staff you already love, and tips on how to develop a true team that enhances your bar’s personality.

Sheraton Gunter Hotel - Alamo Room

1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

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Fortify Your Spirit - Vermouth

Event Time: 01:00 PM on Jan 17, 2014

Price: $30.00

Dry, sweet, bitter or floral – Vermouth and aromatized wines are complex and deep. Learn how to classify the many styles of this alluring spirit class and taste fun and inventive Vermouth-based cocktails in this energetic event led by Brian McCullough.

Sheraton Gunter Hotel - Mahncke Room

1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

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Scotland vs. Mexico

Event Time: 01:00 PM on Jan 17, 2014

Price: $30.00

Tequila meets Single Malt Scotch with brand ambassadors, JP DeLoera of Milagro Tequila and David Allardice of Glenfiddich. The two will go head to head presenting a lively, informative session highlighting the differences and similarities between the two spirits from the harvest of raw materials to distillation and maturation which will of course include a comparative tasting across various ages of both spirits.

The Worm Tequila & Mezcal Bar - 123 Losoya

1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

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Cocktail Branches: How we got Here from There

Event Time: 01:30 PM on Jan 17, 2014

Price: $30.00

Michael Madrusan will take you on an exciting journey that explores just how far and wide the classic “mother cocktails” have taken modern drinks. You won’t leave thirsty, mate.

Sheraton Gunter Hotel - Baker Room

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

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Under Pressure: Carbonated & Bottled Cocktails

Event Time: 02:00 PM on Jan 17, 2014

Price: $30.00

House-made pre-bottled cocktails are a time-saver during peak service hours – and offer a unique labeling and packaging opportunity to extend and differentiate your brand. Kyle Ford and Evan Wallace will take you through the pros and cons, new methods and apparatus for batch carbonation and a how-to on batching up to 10 gallons of carbonated, bottled cocktail mixture.

St. Anthony Hotel - St. Anthony Club

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

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To Comp or Not to Comp: The Art of the Buyback

Event Time: 02:00 PM on Jan 17, 2014

Price: $30.00

A best-practices look at the philosophy of giving away goods for free. Chris Bostick explores the value of building regular business and how/when to offer a proper buyback through industry insight and experience. Delve into the idea of creating a thoughtful guest experience by never subtracting from a guest check.

Sheraton Gunter Hotel: Quadrangle Room

2:00-3:15 p.m.

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The Art of Tasting Pisco: A Sensory Experience to Portón

Event Time: 03:00 PM on Jan 17, 2014

Price: $40.00

Johnny Schuler, Portón Master Distiller and King Cocktail Dale DeGroff, will take you on a sensory journey on the different aromas, tasting profiles of Pisco Porton and its varietals. This is an invitation to dive into the essence of this grape’s based spirit and see for yourself how it can add layers of flavors to your cocktails.

Sheraton Gunter Hotel - Alamo Room

3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

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Beyond Mainstream Trends: Market Segmentation’s Role in the Beverage Industry

Event Time: 03:00 PM on Jan 17, 2014

Price: $30.00

The biggest flavor trend is “ethnic” and it continues to spread as consumers travel and share drinks with their multi-cultural friends. Join Sly Cosmopoulos as she explores the big flavor trends that are popular with African American, Asian and Hispanic consumers, and discover the influencers that are critical to today’s beverage menus.

Sheraton Gunter Hotel - Mahncke Room

3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

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SACC Master Class: Rum Ron Rhum

Event Time: 11:00 AM on Jan 18, 2014

Price: $40.00

Join the Ministry of Rum's, Ed Hamilton for an intensive shot of all things rum – arguably the most confusing spirit around. Is it made from sugar cane or a sugar byproduct? Does color always determine age? Considering the fact that rum is made in more countries than any other spirit, isn’t it time you understood it better?

Ocho at Hotel Havana - 1015 Navarro St.

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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The Glory of Grapes: Grape-Based Spirits and Why They Kick Ass

Event Time: 11:00 AM on Jan 18, 2014

Price: $30.00

Go ahead. Draw the line between un-aged brandy and vodka, cognac and Armagnac, eau-de-vie and pisco, grain- and grape-based gin. We dare you. Audrey Fort, joined by panelist May Matta Aliah, will broaden your world view of these pours, and explore the glory of grape-based spirits.

St. Anthony Hotel

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

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Gin is IN: The Rise of American Gin

Event Time: 11:00 AM on Jan 18, 2014

Price: $30.00

Travis Tober and Brooke Arthur will clear up the history of American gin and what makes it so fun and exciting. Learn new ways to incorporate this classic spirit into your bar menu.

Sheraton Gunter Hotel - Mahncke Room

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

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The Cellar Master’s Approach to Creating Elegant Cocktails

Event Time: 11:00 AM on Jan 18, 2014

Price: $30.00

Discover just how supple a spirit can be. During the session, Olaf Harmel will transform a root spirit into syrups and gastriques, then create a unique cocktail with all three ingredients. Don’t miss this opportunity to see a master’s mind at work as he celebrates the strengths of a spirit’s flavor profile.

Sheraton Gunter Hotel - Alamo Room

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

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Yoga For Vampires (AKA Bartenders, Cocktail Waiters and People Who Enjoy the Nightlife)

Event Time: 11:30 AM on Jan 18, 2014

Price: $30.00

This ain’t your mama’s yoga class. Courtney Munch silences the “ohms” and leads you through an easy way of finding balance to your party time and health to your life. It won’t make you immortal, but you may welcome the blinding light of day with a bit more enthusiasm.

Sheraton Gunter Hotel - Quadrangle Room

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

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Sexydranks

Event Time: 11:30 AM on Jan 18, 2014

Price: $30.00

Take the high view of garnish and presentation theory by applying elements of graphic design. Máté Hartai will help you relate solid design context and perspective to your cocktail presentation, introducing you to the basic elements of design in varied garnish and presentation materials – from edible, to visual and aromatic.

Sheraton Gunter Hotel - Baker Room

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

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SACC Master Class: Tequila - A Reference Point

Event Time: 01:00 PM on Jan 18, 2014

Price: $40.00

In the big scheme of things, tequila is a young buck in the U.S., yet its growth is unparalleled. Industrialization helped keep up with tequila’s recent popularity, but at the risk of artisanal production. Join the panel of experts in a discussion and tasting of some of the lost labels, new stewards carrying the torch of tradition, and a fresh look at which brands have maintained their standard of excellence through the growth.

Panel: John Garrett, David Suro, Tomas Estes and Wyatt Peabody

Menger Hotel - Menger Bar

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

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From Berry to Beverage: The Story of Juniper

Event Time: 01:00 PM on Jan 18, 2014

Price: $30.00

Join Kerrin Egalka as she peels back the layers of mystery surrounding the berry that makes gin so unique as you taste innovative juniper-based libations and treats. Discover the history of juniper and learn how it evolved from mythical medicinal wonder to spirits-world game-changer.

St. Anthony Hotel

1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

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Libations in the Stream: Hemingway’s Favorites from Key West, Bimini & Cuba

Event Time: 01:00 PM on Jan 18, 2014

Price: $40.00

Travel back to the 1920’s and ‘30’s with Papa’s Pilar Rum. Belly up to the bar as Philip Greene shares recipes, anecdotes and rum cocktails that would make Papa happy.

Philip will also be signing copies of his book, "To Have and Have Another", which chronicles Hemingway's love of good cocktails. 

Sheraton Gunter Hotel - Alamo Room

1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

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The 5 W’s of Drinking

Event Time: 01:00 PM on Jan 18, 2014

Price: $30.00

“A guy goes into a bar.” And stands there, wondering what he wants to drink. This seminar is designed exclusively for bar patrons who want to be able to talk to bartenders and convey exactly what they want. Chris Ware and Jake Corney, two seasoned barmen will offer insights into what they listen for, what flavors and aromas mean to different patrons, and how you can plan a successful flight of drinks.

Sheraton Gunter Hotel - Mahncke Room

1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

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Women Behind Bars: A Spirited History of Women in the Cocktail World

Event Time: 01:30 PM on Jan 18, 2014

Price: $30.00

Hanky-panky will flow freely as LUPEC-NYC takes a well-researched look back on our fore-broads – from mold-breaking saloon owners to today’s cocktail mavens – to understand the vital (though overlooked) impact women have had on the evolution of bars and cocktails. Expect colorful anecdotes, brazen statements and a few toasts to the women who have influenced cocktail history.

Sheraton Gunter Hotel - Baker Room

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

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Blinded by the Dark: Amaro, Herbal Liqueurs & Ancient Secret Recipes

Event Time: 02:00 PM on Jan 18, 2014

Price: $30.00

The bitters and digestifs we now commonly refer to as “amaro” are one of the oldest traditions in distilled beverages. Travel with Tad Carducci back through the ages as “amari” left the monasteries and apothecaries of the Middle Ages to become international business-drivers in the early 19th century. You’ll have a sense awakening from a blind taste test of this richly loved category.

Sheraton Gunter Hotel - Quadrangle Room

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

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The Virtues of Cider

Event Time: 03:00 PM on Jan 18, 2014

Price: $30.00

It’s hard not to love cider (or cidre), another new darling in the drink mix. Jason Littrell and Gregory Hall will teach you how cider is made, its unique qualities and its mixability.

Sheraton Gunter Hotel - Mahncke Room

3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

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SACC Master Class: Cognac - Taste the History

Event Time: 03:00 PM on Jan 18, 2014

Price: $40.00

Take an in-depth look at Cognac with Nicolas Palazzi of PM Spirits, and discover how history and economics have shaped its fate. Learn about the unique and traditional barrel-aged production of Cognac – and of course – taste, taste, taste the differences.

Bohanan's Restaurant & Bar - 219 E. Houston St.

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

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Honey and the Buzzing Bees

Event Time: 03:00 PM on Jan 18, 2014

Price: $30.00

Honey is an ancient elixir, food, medicine and spirit. It’s also a wonderful ingredient that brings modern interpretations to classic cocktails. David Alan and Matt Moody will teach attendees how important bees and their honey are to our world, and how their golden goo can add buzz to your cocktail creativity.

Sheraton Gunter Hotel - Alamo Room

3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

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Creating and Maintaining Standards of Service for your Bar

Event Time: 03:00 PM on Jan 18, 2014

Price: $30.00

A consistent standard of service maximizes your guests’ experience. But how do you get there? Drawing from historical and contemporary examples - from the perspective of both guests and operators - this class, led by Claire Bertin-Lang will help bar owners and managers develop dependable systems and protocols for your staff that won’t compromise your bar’s unique vibe.

St. Anthony Hotel

3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

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