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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Last Night's Giant Cocktail Party in Vancouver

Posted by on Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Last night's big Tales of the Cocktail Vancouver party featured an inscrutable mock wedding accompanied by kazoo, fake mustaches on sticks for holding above your upper lip, and a real dog with a little cask hanging around his neck. The dog’s name, according to the person on the other end of the leash, was Huxley. How did he come to be at the party? “He’s a rental.”

Huxley was very popular. The cask seemed to be already empty.
  • Huxley was very popular. The cask seemed to be already empty.

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The party was held at the Vancouver Urban Winery, a high-ceilinged, old-fashionedy place near Gastown. There were candelabras (with people painstakingly swapping out the burnt-out candles), lots of wine barrels, rose petals on tables... and a ton of cocktails.

This is Christina Mah, of justcocktails.org and the Calgary Bartenders Association.

She was making a cocktail called Earl's Garden—Hendrick's gin (the sponsor), sour apple shrub (shrub is fruit vinegar, very in vogue in cocktails), ginger beer, and Earl Grey bitters—served in 250 mL beakers.

Someone said, "Everybody says your drink is the best!" and she said, "Don't tell the boys that."

Speaking of boys—spotted from Seattle: Oola owner/distiller Kirby Kallas-Lewis, Liberty owner Andrew Friedman, and booze industry man Rocky Yeh.

Oolas Kirby Kallas-Lewis. He said his first drink ever was at 16, stolen from his parents liquor cabinet. He then noticed there were little pencil marks for the levels of liquid in the bottles. He was insulted: Wheres the trust?
  • Oola's Kirby Kallas-Lewis. He said his first drink ever was at 16, stolen from his parents' liquor cabinet. He then noticed there were little pencil marks for the levels of liquid in the bottles. He was insulted: "Where's the trust?"

Andrew from Liberty and friend. Someone said he was drinking a lot of this hot punch.
  • Andrew from Liberty and friend. Someone said he was drinking a lot of this hot punch.

Rocky Yeh. On the way up, he unwisely told the border agents,
  • Rocky Yeh. On the way up, he unwisely told the border agents, "We're coming to party," which led to someone in his party getting strip-searched.

 

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