Thirst Boston, which debuted last year, describes itself as "a gathering of bartenders, industry icons, and beverage connoisseurs from Boston and beyond." It's an education and a celebration, and it involves plenty of imbibing, of course. Tickets are now on sale; there are single-day and weekend passes that include seminars and more, and there are also individual tickets available for some events.
The seminar line-up includes discussions on cocktails and music (presented by musician/bartender/local legend Brother Cleve); understanding tequila flavors through aroma (The Hawthorne's manager Katie Emmerson presents this with Don Julio Ambassador Auriela Nossa); the history of the martini (by Tavern Road bar manager Ryan McGrale with Tanqueray National Ambassador Rachel Ford); and lots more. On the event side, get ready for debauchery galore at opening night gala The Thing, after-parties at area bars, Blender Bender at Chau Chow City, a New England craft showcase, and other happenings. There's even a Portland & Providence Pop-Up featuring bartenders from destinations like Eventide Oyster Co. and the Portland Hunt & Alpine Club.