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Brush Up on Mixology During Portland Cocktail Week

Saturday, October 17, 2015

 

If Portland’s craft beer scene does not speak to your palette and mixed drinks are your libation of choice, check out this year’s edition Portland Cocktail Week, which kicks off today.

Each year, the Bar Institute gives Portland’s cocktail lovers a chance to learn more about the delicate science that goes into making their favorite drinks. 

The five-day event is set up like a miniature university, complete with “majors” like Advanced Bartending, Bar Ownership, Innovation and Development and Beyond the Bar. Professionals in the nightlife sandbar industry can sign up for “undergraduate” or “masters” programs, each with their own schedule of classes and requirements.

What would a true learning experience without some fun After School Activities? Throughout the week, events will be held that held attendees unwind. Celebrate at tonight’s Grand Opening, beginning at 9 PM at the House Spirits Distillery or learn about breakfast pairings  at Monday’s Whisky and Waffles event  at the Convention Center Pavilion

Looking to learn more about the world of fine cocktails, but don’t have the time (or the desire) to get your degree? No problem. Interested parties can register for a festival pass, which allows visitors to attend all After School Activities and sit in on classes that aren’t full.

This year’s festivities, which run from October 17 to October 23, will be held at the Oregon Convention Center. To Learn more, check out the Portland Cocktail Week website.

 

Related Slideshow: PDX Cocktail Week: Pre-Funking with Red Star & House Spirits

Portland Cocktail Week kicked off a little early with two parties on Saturday night. First up was the Negroni blow-out at Red Star Tavern, and the second was House Spirits "10th Birthday" party at Jacobsen Salt Co.

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Brandon Lockman

 Bartender Brandon Lockman shows off his guns while pouring a bit of the bubbly at Negroni Party at Red Star Tavern sponsored by Campari.

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Bassy Bartender

One of the bartenders played a bassy bottle of the good stuff at Negroni Party at Red Star Tavern  sponsored by Campari. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Electric guitar ice luge

One of the highlights of the Negroni Party at Red Star Tavern was the electric guitar ice luge.

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Tim and Tracy

Tim and Tracy Howard Gurton show some kind of hand signals at Negroni Party at Red Star Tavern sponsored by Campari.

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Rock Stars at Red Star

Revelers give it their best rock star look at the Negroni Party at Red Star Tavern sponsored by Campari. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Nice shot

 Taking a shot off the electric guitar luge at the Negroni Party at Red Star Tavern sponsored by Campari. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Nice Negroni Tat

Temp tat's were displayed on various body parts at the Negroni Party at Red Star Tavern sponsored by Campari.  

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Princess Bartender

One of several costumed bartenders (this one was Ariel from "The Little Mermaid") at the House Spirits 10th Birthday Party at Jacobsen Salt Co.

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Snow White Server

"Snow White" served cocktails at the House Spirits 10th Birthday Party at Jacobsen Salt Co.

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Party Hat

One of the guests, sporting a party hat, at House Spirits 10th Birthday Party at Jacobsen Salt Co.

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Scary (?) Clown Bartender

A (sort of ) scary clown served up Aviation gin cocktails at House Spirits 10th Birthday Party at Jacobsen Salt Co.

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Jennifer and Matthew

Jennifer Quist and Matthew Domingo at House Spirits 10th Birthday Party at Jacobsen Salt Co.

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Party Boys

Events and party person Mason Davis (right) and friend at House Spirits 10th Birthday Party at Jacobsen Salt Co.

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Tom Oliver

Photographer Tom Oliver at House Spirits 10th Birthday Party at Jacobsen Salt Co.

Photo by Byron Beck.

 
 

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