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TOAST 2012

March 28, 2012 by  
Filed under Spirits Events

On Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, 2012, on the sky bridge level of the World Trade Center in Portland, the Oregon Distillers Guild will hold TOAST 2012, the largest public tasting of craft spirits in North America, featuring more than 50 local, national, and international artisan producers, pouring over 100 different spirits. TOAST allows small distillers to showcase their handcrafted spirits, while providing an opportunity for the public to experience the diversity and quality of craft spirits from Oregon and beyond. From Absinthe to Whiskey, virtually every spirit category will be represented.

An exciting new addition to this year’s event will be The Bottle Shop. For the first time in Oregon, bottles of select spirits will be available for sale on site, allowing attendees to purchase bottles of some of their favorite spirits sampled at TOAST.

A cornerstone of the event will be The Mix Lounge, featuring the Oregon Bartenders Guild mixing and pouring samples of cocktails using many of the local spirits at TOAST. This will allow show attendees to meet some of Oregon’s best bartenders, and experience how some of the spirits being tasted at TOAST can be used to create unique artisan cocktails. As the bartenders mix their drinks, they will be discussing how and why they use the techniques they do, making this an opportunity for the public to learn about the art and skill involved in mixing cocktails. Complementary collectible recipe cards will be available for each cocktail.

TOAST is open from 3–8 p.m. on both April 28th and 29th. Admission at the door is $49 each day, and includes spirit and cocktail samples. $40 advanced tickets can be pre-purchased online, and two-day passes are just $75. Purchase tickets here. A souvenir ODG logo tasting glass and light buffet are included with admission. Complementary drink recipe cards are available at participating distiller’s tables. The Distillery Merchandise and Home Bar Gift Shop will offer great prices on drink condiments and home bar accessories.

The second annual TOAST is sponsored and presented by The Oregonian, KINK FM, KXL FM News, and the Oregon Distillers Guild. Weekend stays at Hotel Fifty and the Downtown Marriott Hotel area available at a special rate of $119 a night plus tax. Contact the hotels for reservations.

This event is restricted to adults 21 and over with valid ID.

For more information, and a promo code for discounted tickets, see TOAST.

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