We thought we had finished finding anything new and interesting to experience. That is, until we attended Thirst Boston. Thirst Boston is an undiscovered gem that celebrated its second annual session at the Boston Fairmont Copley Hotel. The four day extravaganza was a gathering of bartenders, beverage industry icons, and cocktail enthusiasts to enjoy and learn about the science, craft, and taste of all components of drink.
Thirst Boston kicked off the long weekend with “The Thing”, the opening night gala. As soon as we stepped inside the entrance, we knew we were going to attend an extraordinary event. The men were all dressed in suits and the women donned beautiful dresses. However, many outfits veered to the more funky side so the feel of the event was more fun with a touch of fancy. There were eight stations all concocting different cocktails. From a delicious old fashioned to a playful tiki drink served in a coconut, the choice was yours! Interested in a shot of tequila? No problem! How about a champagne cocktail? Why not! A delightful array of hors d’oeuvres complemented the beverages. Our favorites included Peking duck dumplings and skewers of beef tenderloin. However, the highlight was the oyster bar, hosted by Island Creek Oyster Bar. You could literally eat your fill of Island Creek Oysters! The event hosted a live band early in the evening, followed by a DJ later at night. Drinks, dining, and dancing equaled a perfect evening and a fantastic way to launch Thirst Boston!
An important part of Thirst Boston is the educational component. Throughout the weekend, there were a multitude of 1.5 hour long seminars. One seminar was entitled “The Re-Emergence of Rum”, where attendees sampled a number of rums and learned about the diversity of the spirit. From sipping on its’ own to being a component in tiki cocktails, rum can be part of it all. There were also classes on topics such as how to infuse vodka and learning how to create your own vermouth. With 23 different seminars, there was something interesting for everyone!
In between seminars on the first day, there was a room that hosted “State Lines: Portland and Providence Pop-up”. This fantastic event showcased four exceptional cocktail establishments from the two cities. We knew Portland has a pretty amazing food and spirit scene. However, we were absolutely surprised about Providence. Although we live only an hour away, we learned there is much to be discovered about the city. The culinary and cocktail establishments are taking off. I guess there is more to be uncovered in New England! At the pop-up, each of the eight booths served three cocktails. And, once again, each booth highlighted a different spirit. If you’re interested in a coffee brandy, try it three different ways. How about cachaça? It’s a diverse spirit that can make more than a caipirinha.
After a full day of learning and sipping on drinks, you may not be ready for bed. Why not attend an after party? With your attendance to daytime events, you are granted access to parties hosted by top cocktail bars in Boston. We attended the party hosted by Drink. We have been to this incredible establishment on several other occasions, but the after party was the best time we’ve had here. The cocktails were amazing as usual. However, the fellow attendees made this time exceptional. We sipped on hand crafted beverages while chatting with bartenders and other beverage industry professionals whom we met throughout the event.
Tom and I were amazed by how professional and how well Thirst Boston was organized. The event never felt crowded. As an attendee, we always felt every person we spoke to was passionate about their craft and ready to impart their vast knowledge. Thirst Boston is truly an exceptional event and we highly recommend it to anyone interested in all things related to beverages. In fact, this event left such a positive impression on us that everyday we mention to each other how amazing Thirst Boston was and that we hope the event continues to be successful for years to come.