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Portland’s Drinkable Day Camp

April 6, 2011 by  
Filed under Spirits Events

Imagine a day camp for adults that is filled with spirits tastings, cocktail classes and other and complimentary drinks. Welcome to Cocktail Camp PDX, Portland’s most drinkable day camp.

Cocktail Camp PDX debuted at New Deal Distillery last year, selling out a month before the event. This year, organizers have moved the camp to the larger Armory building in Portland’s Pearl District and have included three complimentary social hours, sponsored by Lillet, Northwest Distillery and House Spirits. They’ve also brought in some of Portland’s hottest bartenders to teach everything from DIY beer cocktails to how to throw a successful cocktail party.

If you don’t have tickets yet, here’s a last minute discount code. Enter CHEERS and save $15 off the $45 ticket price – includes 3 social hours and a day filled with all things cocktail. A complete schedule is listed below.

When: Sun., April 10, 10:30am to 5pm.
Where: Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 NW 11th Avenuem Portland, OR.
Cost: $30 with the discount code mentioned above.
Tickets: Click here to purchase tickets

Cocktail Camp PDX Schedule

10:30 — Lillet Meet & Greet and social hour
Morning social hour with complimentary low-alcohol cocktails served by Lillet. Come have a morning refresher and meet some of your fellow cocktail enthusiasts before the day gets started.

11:00 — The Art of Tasting Beer and Spirits
Set the stage and your palate for the day by learning how to really taste your spirits and beer. Learn what makes spirits different and how to pick out their defining characteristics. Lee Medoff (Bull Run Distillery), Nathan Gerdes (h50), and Alex Ganum (Upright Brewing) will lead the discussion.

12:15 — Beer cocktails: Why Have One When You Can Have Both?
Jacob Grier (Metrovino) and Ezra Johnson-Greenough (Upright Brewing) will teach you how to craft fantastic cocktails using the unlikeliest of ingredients.

1:00 — Northwest Distillery Social hour
Complimentary cocktail and punch bar hosted by Northwest Distillery and served by Nathan Gerdes.

2:00 — The New American Whiskey
The other whiskeys that have been taking bars by storm and redefining what “American whiskey” means. Learn more from Lance Winters (St. George Spirits), Lee Medoff (Bull Run Distillery), and Sebastian Degans (Stone Barn Brandy Works) about this growing movement.

3:00 — House Spirits social hour
Complimentary cocktail and punch bar hosted by House Spirits Distillery and served by Kyle Webster (St. Jack).

3:00 — Yes, You Can Entertain!
Learn how to plan your own amazing cocktail parties with the help of David Shenaut (Beaker and Flask, Irving Street Kitchen) and Jacqueline Patterson (Lillet).

4:15 — DIY Sodas, Syrups, and Bitters
Expert instruction on doing it yourself from San Francisco’s Jennifer Colliau (Small Hand Foods, Slanted Door) and Columbine Quillen (10 Below).

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