On December 10th the Brewing up Cocktails team presents a special evening of the popular event series at its original home, The Hop & Vine. This event will focus on Winter Warmers and Holiday-themed beer cocktails.
Last year’s winter edition was perhaps the most popular installment of Brewing Up Cocktails ever, featuring concoctions that delighted drinkers and critics, like the now infamous Hot Scotchy, but also some lesser-known favorites like the hot mulled Wassail, and the dark, rich, herbal, and aptly named Furburger, all three of which will make their return on December 10th. There will also be four brand new beer cocktails to set your head right and warm the cockles of your heart as the holidays near.
The new beer cocktails run the gamut of styles. Three varieties will be served hot to fend off the winter cold; an effervescent and citrusy take on the French 75, a fruity and hoppy punch made with IPA, and a silky smooth beer flip. There will be something for everyone at this event, even an ugly Christmas sweater contest!
Expect to see more on the exciting lineup of beer cocktails for the event on The New School next week. For now, some basics on the drink list…
Returning from last year’s hit Brewing up Cocktails is the hot mulled classic Wassail made with a base of Deschutes Jubelale slowly heated in a crockpot with brandy, sherry, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and orange. Served warm in a mug with a lemon slice.
Beervana described the Hot Scotchy as “The Greatest Beverage in the World.” Perhaps the most popular beer cocktail to date, made with hot (wort) unfermented beer and Scotch. It may be the perfect winter brewers beverage.
A new creation served steaming hot, it is one boozy treat. Starting with a base of dark rum, a little Galliano Ristretto is added and then topped off with steamed 9% abv Choklat Imperial Stout and a float of whipped cream. Served with or without a dash of chili powder.
Trade Winds Punch:
Rum, gin, vanilla beans, grapefruit zest, ripe guavas, Chinese five spice powder, and a stalk of lemongrass are infused over night and then built into a tasty beer punch the next day with fresh lime juice, citrusy IPA, and sugar. This is our recreation of a punch originated by Washington, DC bartender Jon Harris. You have never had anything like it, we promise you.
The lightest and most refreshing of the bunch, the Euclidean 75 is made with gin, lemon, and sugar, then topped off with an effervescent and refreshingly tart Berliner-Weisse. A creation from Denver bartender and beer cocktail afficionado Ryan Conklin of Euclid Hall.
The lovingly named Furburger returns from the very first Brewing up Cocktails. Black and thick as night with chocolate and roasty creaminess from Great Divide’s Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout, balanced with herbal Chartreuse and bourbon.
Smoked Vanilla Bean Flip
This creamy dessert of a beer cocktail has an incredible melange of flavors, from the anise-tinged aquavit to cream sherry, rhubarb, and chocolate bitters, one whole egg, and Stone Brewing’s Smoked Porter.
About Brewing up Cocktails:
Founded in July 2010 in Portland, OR, the Brewing up Cocktails series of events explores the interplay of craft beer and spirits to create a new breed of beer cocktails. Since its introduction beer cocktails have exploded onto the national drink scene and BuC has been at the forefront. Founders Ezra Johnson-Greenough, Jacob Grier, and Yetta Vorobik have presented more than seven different cocktail events spanning three states and two countries in just one year. They have also been asked to present on beer cocktails at the Spring Beer & Wine Festival, Cocktail Camp, Tom Douglas Restaurants, and Portland Cocktail Week.
“Take note: A hot scotchy is the best tasting drink you’ve never had—and it’s just one of six adventurous, genre-defying beverages waiting to be crafted for you on Saturday evening.” – Jeff Schmitt
“some of the country’s tastiest beer-based cocktails. The verdict: they’re delicious.”
– Serious Eats
“Straight-ahead beer fan that I am, I have to agree that beer cocktails open up a brave new world.“
– Mix Magazine
Saturday December 10th 6-9pm
(Drinks individually priced)
The Hop & Vine
1914 N. Killingsworth
Portland, OR 97217