In the last two years, I’ve spent more time in New Orleans than in any place other than my own home. Now it’s time to head back.
Tales of the Cocktail, the annual homage to mixed drinks, kicks off July 8th in the French Quarter. Headquartered at the Hotel Monteleone, Tales brings together bartenders, distillers, writers, cocktail bloggers, and the public from around the world for five days of seminars, workshops, talks, panels, dinners, and sampling.
Lots…and lots of sampling.
For a preview of what’s to come, check out the collaborative Tales Blog. Entries from cocktail bloggers around the world present interviews, snapshot of upcoming sessions, suggestions for surviving such copious amounts of alcohol (hint: just because it’s paid for, tasty, and in front of you doesn’t mean you have to drink it).
Chris Sule, distiller at Old New Orleans Rum, has spearheaded a session I’m particularly excited to attend. In fact, it’s a big reason why I’m coming this year. From Brewer to Distiller takes a look at what happens when beer brewers get their hands on a still. It is also a chance to examine what unique sensibilities—if any—brewers bring to the table when they start making rums, whiskeys, absinthes, brandies, and other spirits. My preview of the session is on the Tales Blog here.
Thursday, July 9 from 2:30-4:00 PM at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans.
You bet I’ll be there.