Simon Hooper, Kevin Brauch

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It was back-to-back days for me with Beam Global starting with a Spirited Dinner with Jim Beam’s Great Grandson, Fred Noe III followed by the next afternoon with fine spirit sampling at Spirits Confidential. But even after 2 days, it’s incredible how varied the amount of spirits there are to sample with the large Jim Beam collection of brands ranging from whisky, bourbon, scotch, tequila, vodka and even Courvoisier cognac.

Also I got to join in the celebratory Disaronno dinner for Simon Hooper’s win as Toronto’s finalist for The Mixing Star global bartending competition.


Spirited Dinner with Jim Beam’s Great Grandson
The Drake Hotel was the scene for the sold-out exclusive 5-course Spirited Bourbon dinner with special guest: Jim Beam’s great grandson, Master Distiller Fred Noe III from Kentucky. There was also Master Bourbon ambassador, Adam Harris from Austin Texas. It was Fred Noe’s second trip to Toronto in 15 years and Adam Harris’ first trip. Read more …

Spirits Confidential 2013 at Evergreen Brick Works
The Spirits Confidential event at Evergreen Brick Works was a spirit lover’s delight with tons of fine spirits and cocktails to sample including whisky, tequila and vodka. Read more here….

The Disaronno Dinner with Mixing Star Finalist, Simon Hooper at Bloke and 4th
I was lucky to be invited to join in on the celebrations of Simon Hooper‘s recent win as Toronto’s finalist in The Mixing Star, Disaronno’s global bartending competition. Afterwards he would head off to compete in the international finals in Amsterdam. Read more…


Boys Night Out
In support of Prostate Cancer, the Lifford Wine Agency’s annual Boys Night Out event is happening tomorrow at Evergreen Brick Works so if you are a man (or a woman) who loves fine cigars, cars, suits, blackjack and boats then you might want to pay attention to this one for a good cause. $100 tickets are available on EventBrite here. Check out our photos from last year’s Boys Night Out 2012. It will be sure to be a great time… also, flood-free!

Also don’t forget to mark your calendars for August 17th for the second iteration of Crave TO.

Kultura Restaurant: New Chef, New Summer Menu, New Hookah Lounge
Photos from Boys Night Out 2013

Nick Lee

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