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Please note this will be updated often as the event nears and we gain more confirmations... 

Sunday April 28, 2019 

3rd Annual Polynesian Event

8:00 PM @ MG Road

Replacing the Tiki Dinner of years past, this year we will help celebrate the newly re-envisioned tiki fabulousness of MG Road. Sponsored by Cruzan Rum.

Open to the public. No ticket needed

Monday April 29, 2019 

US Bartenders Guild Meeting

1:00 pm  @ AC Hotel's Capella on 9.

USBG Membership widening training as Courvoisier Master Brand Ambassador Zahra Bates discusses critical thinking in hospitality and peer mentorship. 

 

All current USBG members are welcome.  Anyone interested in joining the USBG encouraged to come see what it's all about! 

"Second in Command" dinner

@ the Waterbird

6:30 - 9:00 pm  @ the Waterbird

The 3nd annual "Second in Command" pairing dinner will be prepared by area Sous Chefs. (Andrew Hauet/Waterbird, Raymond Hui/Ghan Shan Station, Brian Bennett/Zambra)This Asian fusion themed meal will consist of a 5 course dinner with cocktail pairings( By Henry Schmulling from The Kimpton Hotel Charlotte) featuring Japanese Whiskies from the House of Suntory. International Japanese Whisky Ambassador Gardner Dunn will be joining us to add to the conversation. 

There will be very limited seating for this unique dinner, so make sure to get yours before this sells out. If you're in the industry, let us know and we will give you a special ticket link.
 

US Bartenders Guild Bar Competition @ the Times

9:00 pm @ the Times Bar.

Join us for our first Asheville Chapter USBG bar competition.

Eight competing bartenders will mix up a good time. 

Open to the public. No ticket needed. 

Tuesday April 30, 2019 

Workshop:  Japanese spirits and ice education 

11:00 am @ Save the Waltz

Gardner Dunn digs deep on the history and nuance of Japanese spirits and their presentation in cocktails. Come taste and learn techniques that will broaden your knowledge and bar program. 

This event is free to folks in the food & beverage industry.  RSVP Required. 

Whiskey on the River:

Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. 

1:00 Pm @ Smoky Park Supper Club

This variation of last years dinner will be sponsored by Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. from right over our neighboring border in Tennessee. Master Distiller Nicole Austin is eager to get to know you as a bar community, so she is inviting you to lunch. 

This event is free to folks in the food & beverage industry.  RSVP Required. Lunch included. 

Makers Wanted: Ambassador Invite @ Daphne at Twisted Laurel

6:00- 8:00 pm @ Daphne at Twisted Laurel

 

Makers Wanted Activation will live on the patio of Daphne at Twisted Laurel for three full days in the middle of downtown. Celebrating the craftsmanship and "makers" of great products.  There are a variety of events within this activation for you to check out during the week. Please find the one that you fit within to come experience the makers. 

This is an invite only ticketed event. 

Meet the Distiller: Nicole Austin

@the Monks Flask

6:00 pm- 8:30pm @ The Monk's Flask

Spend some one on one conversational time with the Master Distiller of Cascade Hollow Distilling Co, Nicole Austin. Share some cocktails and bites while learning more about how Nicole is preserving the history of the distillery and planning on what is coming next for our distilling neighbor. 

Open to the public. No ticket required. 

Bar Take Over: Women of 1618

@ the Waterbird

The Bad Ass Women (Ellen, Evans, Casey, and Emma) from 1618 Restaurant Group take the helm of the Waterbird from 8:30-11:30

Support comes from Beam Suntory and Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. 

Open to the public. No ticket required

Wednesday May 1, 2019 

Workshop: Grape and Grain

11:00 am. @ The Pillar Bar at the Hilton Garden Inn

From the abundance of sherry casks in the 19th century to the unique regional flavors produced by fortified wines such as Pedro Ximenez, Amontillado, Madeira and Port, The historical influence of fortified wine  on the Scotch industry is undeniable. Explore the world of single malt Scotch and fortified wines with Beam Suntory’s Scotch ambassador Simon Brooking through comparative tastings of these misunderstood but widely praised spirits.

 

This event is free for food and beverage industry folks. Please RSVP!

Workshop: The Whole Fruit with Bedlam Vodka

1:00 pm. @ Social Lounge 

Bedlam Rice Vodka joins us for a walk through of the how to run a program within your bar following sustainable practices. Focusing on zero waste. 

 

This event is free for food and beverage industry folks. Please RSVP!

Makers Wanted: Consumer

6:00-8:00 pm. @Daphne at Twisted Laurel 

Makers Wanted Activation will live on the patio of Daphne at Twisted Laurel for three full days in the middle of downtown. Celebrating the craftsmanship and "makers" of great products.  There are a variety of events for you to check out during this activation, please find the one that you fit with. 

Opinions Welcome: Peat and Tobacco Sensory Experience

7:30 @ Casablanca Cigar Bar

Simon Brooking will be walking us through a sensory experience comparing scotch in the Laphroaig, Bowmore, and Auchentoshan families to the variety of flavors in tobacco. 

This is a ticketed event. Drinks and Cigar included in ticket price. 

Thursday May 2, 2019 

Makers Wanted: Trade Only

10:30 am - noon @ Daphne at Twisted Laurel 

Makers Wanted Activation will live on the patio of Daphne at Twisted Laurel for three full days in the middle of downtown. Celebrating the craftsmanship and "makers" of great products.  There are a variety of events for you to check out during this activation, please find the one that you fit with. 

Focusing on sustainability with United by Blue.

We welcome Charleston sustainability advocate, Megan Deschaine, will join to talk about how to use our buying power to make a difference on the products used in our city. 

ELIXIR Craft Cocktail Competition

7:00 - 9:00 pm @ The Historic Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville

 

ELIXIR is the event that started it all, and it is one not to be missed! Now in it’s 7th year, ELIXIR promises to bring another exciting evening of collaboration between mixologists and spirit specialists. This ticketed public event provides tastings from distilleries, industry relevant vendors, and mixologists from bars and restaurants around Asheville. It’s a fun environment for the public to get in front of drink specialists while they demo and provide sample drinks in a structured competition style forum. All participating mixologists collaborate with one of the participating distilleries. The bartender + distillery pair share a table during the event to showcase their cocktail created together.

ELIXIR After Party

9:30 pm - 12:00 PM @ Antidote

This event is sponsored by Sutlers Spirits, Outerbanks Distilling, and Great Wagon Distilling and GreyBeard Distilling. 

We will have special cocktails & small bites. 

This event is invite only. 

LATE NIGHT

12:00 PM - Until @ The Lazy Diamond (aka the down town double crown) 

The Lazy Diamond is the official late night spot for Asheville Cocktail Week.  For those of us who are in it for the long haul and want to help close the bars down, we will gather at The Lazy Diamond! 

Friday May 3, 2019 

Workshop: Oink and Barrel

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Vivian

This industry seminar (including brunch!!) is a comparison of age on whiskies, the barrels they are aged in and the pork products that we love to pair them with. 

 

This is an industry brunch   

RSVP required.

Knob Creek Barrel Celebration

@ the Montford at Hyatt Place

8:00- 10:00 pm.  @ the Montford at Hyatt Place

Asheville is fortunate enough to have several barrels headed our way. The team that leads the programming at the Montford traveled to Knob Creek Distillery to hand select the barrel that will be only sold at the Montford Rooftop Bar right here in Asheville in the coming months. 

Open to the public. No ticket required

Super 60's Band @ Block off Biltmore

7:00 PM until 10:00PM @ Block off Biltmore 

Come shake it with the Super 60's Band and 1960's inspired Cathead Vodka drinks. Cover charge includes a drink. 

Open to the public. $10 Cover at door includes a Cathead Cocktail 

Bar Takeover @ MG Road 

9:00 PM until Late @ MG Road

Asheville's long lost Amanda Houghtaling (currently of Lady Jane in Denver) will be back behind the bar of MG Road for a fun night of cocktailing in a true "throwback" of epic proportions. 

Open to the public. No ticket required

Saturday May 4, 2019 

Kentucky Derby Party Sponsored by Beam Suntory

4 Pm - 7 PM @ Post 70 Indulgence Bar

Join us at the annual Derby Party at Post 70 Indulgence bar. 
Showing full Southern roots, we will imbibe in the “Derby-style” with mint juleps, front row derby viewing, and music by Moonfish 2.

Asheville Cocktail Week's Derby Party is sponsored by Beam Suntory and will feature cocktails from Maker's Mark, Maker's 46, & Maker's Cask Strength. 

The Derby party will begin at 4 on Saturday, May 4th and go until... Come celebrate the best minutes in horse racing excitement.

Big hats encouraged & dapper attire is a must!

Open to the public. No ticket required.                    

Tito's Shift Drink

7PM - 11 PM @ Pillar Roof Top Bar

Local Chefs came up with their version of a Tito's cocktail, then refined by a bartender and all being served for one night only on the roof top bar of Hilton Garden Inn. Come sip what the chef recommends. Paper Crowns will be providing music. 


Open to the public. No ticket required

Sunday May 5, 2019 

El Tesoro Brunch

11 AM - 2 PM @ Mountain Madre

This is a celebration of the El Tesoro barrel that will be coming to Asheville later in the month. Come help us cheers to the tequila in that barrel. Brunch and drinks included.


This is a Ticketed event. 

Cinco de Mayo Dance Party

10 PM - 2 PM @ Aux Bar

We are going to party cinco style with Exotico Tequila in true Aux Bar style. DJ and drinks will be going until late. 

Come party the night away with us to wind down of 

Asheville Cocktail Week 2019!

Open to the public. No Ticket needed.