The brainchild of Ezra Johnson-Greenough of the New School beer blog, Portland celebrity mixologist and writer Jacob Grier, and Yetta Vorobik, owner of the Hop & Vine, the second installment of Brewing up Cocktails aims to be a spirited event exploring craft beers as interesting and relatively unexplored ingredient for combining with spirits to create something truly unique.
Due to a birthday trip to Astoria I missed the media preview last Friday, but truly, I am intrigued, and hope to make it to the event on Saturday. Yesterday, Ezra Johnson-Greenough began a daily series of posts at the New School on some of the beer cocktails to be featured at the event next Saturday. First up: The Lovers Quarrel.
The super dry and fruity tartness of Luciernaga [by Jolly Pumkin] with the added lemon-pepper quality of the Coriander lends this beer well to a smooth botanical gin and a bit of the ever popular St. Germaine, a liqueur made with elder flower blossoms and then just a touch of added lemon juice to really bring out the citric tartness of the beer and finally the secret ingredient: a dash of cayenne pepper that really brings this drink the edge it needs and is where the name Lovers Quarrel comes from. The interplay of the spicy heat of the chiles and pepper qualities with the cool and refreshing fruit and citrus acidicness they play off of each other beautifully I must say for a thirst-quenching cocktail that may well be my favorite of the lineup.
Other cocktails to look forward to include a NW Wassail based on Deschutes Brewing‘s Jubelale, a rum and hard cider concoction called the Tea Party, and the Hot Scotchy which features Upright Brewing wort and scotch!
The public are invited to Brewing up Cocktails 2. Drinks will be individually priced.