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Saturday | Nov 9

The Thing  at the Harvard Club


Saturday, November 9th, 9pm-1am @ The Harvard Club (374 Commonwealth Ave.)
Cost: $75.00
Black Tie Optional (but encouraged!)
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Join us for the second edition of a truly epic party. This year we pull out all the stops as Old Boston meets New in one of the city's most storied and beautiful venues, The Harvard Club. Don't miss this showstopping gala! Black tie optional. Cocktails by Bulleit, George Dickel, Remy Martin, Oxley, Tito’s, Plantation and MS Walker. Beer by Pabst Blue Ribbon.


Sunday | Nov 10

High Tea and Tipples with Drambuie

Sunday, November 10th, 12:30-2:30pm @ The Hawthorne (500a Commonwealth Ave.)
Cost: $30.00 (includes lunch & drinks)
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Ladies and gentleman, your presence is requested at tea. In honor of this great British tradition, Drambuie and friends have created a toasty and tasty tea party not to be missed. So put on your best pearls and white-gloved duds, and join us for entertainment, tea and tipples. London is calling!

Sapphire East World Bazaar

Sunday, November 10th, 5:00-8:00pm @ The Gallery (Hotel Commonwealth 2nd floor)
Cost: $30.00 (includes light bites & drinks)
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Grab your passport and get ready to travel to the Bombay Sapphire World Bazaar. Take your senses on a journey and experience a global infusion of hands-on cocktail creations. We even transport you to the future with a Tarot card reading! Let your imagination take flight as you discover the true essence and versatility of Bombay Sapphire Gin. This botanical delight will transport you around the world, one sip at a time. 

Blender Bender

Sunday, November 10th, 8:00-11:00pm @ The Esplanade (Hotel Commonwealth 2nd floor)
Cost: $50.00 (includes island-inspired snacks, drinks & a bitchin’ tee shirt)
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A battle between 12 bartenders and their blenders – and you choose the winner! This challenge showcases Boston’s best bartenders as they devise the ultimate brain freeze. Your vote determines the winner. Pull out that Miami Vice outfit, Hawaiian shirt and flip-flops as 1980s-meets-Tiki attire is strongly encouraged! Beer by Red Stripe. Blenders powered by Vitamix. T-shirts by ShakeStir. In partnership with the USBG Boston.

Meet the Blender Bender bartenders & featured spirits:

Jess Li from Trina's Starlite 
blending Cruzan Rum
Clinton Terry from Boarding House 
blending Don Q Rum
Josh Taylor from West Bridge 
blending Bully Boy Rum
Joy Richard from Citizen 
blending  Ron Zacapa Rum                    
Kevin Mabry from JM Curley 
blending Olmeca Altos Tequila  
Kevin Martin from Eastern Standard 
blending Berkshire Ragged Mountain Rum       
Ran Duan from The Baldwin at Sichuan Garden 
blending Bacardi Rum
Ryan McGrale from Tavern Road  
blending Ferrand Dry Curacao
Sam Gabrielli from Russell House 
blending Privateer Rum
Sam Treadway from Back Bar 
blending Disaronno 
Ted Kilpatrick from No 9 Park  
blending Combier                        
Ezra Star from Drink 
blending Plantation Rum            

Complimentary Events

Registration
Sunday & Monday, November 10th & 11th, 9am-6pm @ Lobby Hotel Commonwealth

You must stop by registration to have your ID checked and receive a wristband as well as pick up your tickets. Check in for evening events after 6pm will be at the door of the event.

Thirst Lounge: Cocktails & Conversation
Sunday & Monday, November 10th & 11th, 9am-6pm @ Commonwealth Room, Hotel Commonwealth 2nd floor
Cost: Complimentary with purchase of Thirst ticket to any event.

Hosted Bar

Stop in at have a tipple or two between events at our featured bars:

10:30am-2:30pm - "Wake Up Breakfast Bar" with Galliano 

3:00-7:00pm - "French 75 Bar" with Citadelle

Boston Shaker Pop-Up Store

Inspired after that seminar to make a killer cocktails? Stop by The Boston Shaker Pop-up Shop, located in the Commonwealth Room, and check out our selection of bar tools and ingredients. Whether you're a cocktail novice or mixology nerd, we've got your favorite must-haves, new gadgets and books to further your education. Come on by and pick up some of the best souvenirs at Thirst - the ones that help you make a cocktail! 

On The Bar

Fun things from the app for bartenders, cocktails, and the people who love them.

Media Lounge

Relax with your cocktail and read the latest in beverage news from our media sponsors: Imbibe, Boston Common, Massachusetts Beverage Business, Where to Eat & Drink, Beverage Media

Thirst Hall of Liquids
Sunday & Monday, November 10th & 11th, 9am-6pm, Hotel Commonwealth 2nd floor
Cost: Complimentary with purchase of Thirst ticket to any event

Quench your thirst with non-alcoholic libations from Flat Black Coffee, Fiji water, Ripe all-natural fresh mixers and juices, Fever Tree tonic, club soda, ginger ale & ginger beer.

Or, “hop” on over to our beer area and tip back sudsy samples from some of your favorite New England Craft Brewers: Boulevard, Rising Tide, Bantam Cider, Ithaca Beer, Newburyport Brewing, Peak Organic, Notch, Long Trail

Burke Spirits Tasting Suite

Sunday, November 10th, 11:00am-6:00pm @ Hotel Commonwealth, 5th Floor
Cost: Complimentary with purchase of Thirst ticket to any event.

At Burke Distributing we take great pride that so many bartenders know and love our selection of fine spirits.  Come and taste brands with a real history, from our El Dorado Demerara Rum (est. 1670) to our Belgian Diep 9 Genever (est. 1910)  Over the years we have relentlessly sought out and collected nothing but the best for your cocktail glass and we are pleased to share their stories with you.

Fernet Branca After Party

Sunday, November 10th, 11pm-1am @ Citizen (1310 Boylston St.)
Cost: Complimentary entry with purchase of Thirst ticket to any event.

Fernet on tap did you say?

Don Julio After Party

Sunday, November 10th, 11pm-1am @ Lolita (271 Dartmouth St.)
Cost: Complimentary entry with purchase of Thirst ticket to any event.

Join The Legendary Don Julio Tequila (Blanco, Reposado, Anjeo, 1942) for a South of the Border after party at Lolita lounge.

 

Monday | Nov 11

The Appleton Estate Jamaican Bartender's Brunch

Monday, November 11th, 12:30-2:30pm @ The Hawthorne (500a Commonwealth Ave.)
Cost: $30.00 (includes lunch & drinks)
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Join Willy Shine, The Hawthorne & Appleton Estate Rums of Jamaica for this afternoon island escape! Let us take you on a musical, soulful and enticing trip into the flavors and rhythms of the beautiful island of Jamaica! We will recreate a tropical fresh fruit beach cart for fresh frozen blended beach cocktails, along with morning after eye opener blue mountain coffee cocktails & Jamaican Fizzes, Fixes & Swizzles paired with good vibes, island tunes and Jamaican-inspired cuisine.

House of Bols: Bols Bartending Academy

Monday, November 11th, 5:00-8:00pm @ The Gallery (Hotel Commonwealth 2nd floor)
Cost: $30.00 (includes light bites & drinks)
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The Lucas Bols team have created an exciting interactive replica of the world famous House of Bols in Amsterdam, including the Bols Bartending Academy. This hands-on workshop focuses on advanced bartending techniques for professionals and at-home mixologists alike. The Lucas Bols ambassador team will demonstrate techniques in ice cutting, freepour, flair and much more. In addition, the House of Bols will feature artifacts from as far back as the 17th century including original recipes for the many products that the Lucas Bols company makes today. Taste as you travel through the history of the company, founded in 1575, and discover why Genever became so popular all over in the world in the 1800s.

Stars, Stripes & Swing

Monday, November 11th, 8:00-11:00pm @ The Esplanade (Hotel Commonwealth 2nd floor)
Cost: $50.00 (includes late night snacks & drinks)
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Thirst Boston is closing out their weekend cocktail festival with 'Stars, Stripes, and Swing', a celebration of Armistice Day benefiting the ongoing mission of the USO. Get decked out in your finest 40's fashion and ready to drink & dance the night away to the classic sounds of a full 18-piece big band, Dan Gable and the Abletones!

Stars Stripes and Swing  is presented in partnership with local arts cocktail group  Opus Affair  along with the Boston chapter of  LUPEC  (Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails), offering a full menu of period cocktails from the Whiskey Daisy to the Hanky Panky blended with  Brugal,  Beefeater,  Plymouth Jim Beam,  Maker’s Mark.  Beer by  Miller High Life.

Complimentary Events

Genesis Tasting Suite

Monday, November 11th, 10:00am-5:00pm @ Hotel Commonwealth, 5th Floor
Cost: By invitation only from 10am-3pm and open to Thirst attendees from 3-5pm

Enjoy the unique experience of meeting the founders, master distillers, and national ambassadors of some of the most highly regarded brands locally and in the world! These brands are special selections from our Martignetti’s exclusive Genesis portfolio, masterminded by the newly formed team of F. Paul Pacult and Troy Clarke. You will not want to miss some of your favorite Boston bartenders slinging incredible cocktails with these spirits.

Hosted Bar 

Stop in at have a tipple or two between events at our featured bars:

10:30am-2:30pm - "Top o’ the Morning Bar" with Kilbeggan & Tyrconnell

3:00-7:00pm - "American Boutique Spirits Bar" with M.S. Walker

Boston Shaker Pop-Up Store

Inspired after that seminar to make a killer cocktails? Stop by The Boston Shaker Pop-up Shop, located in the Commonwealth Room, and check out our selection of bar tools and ingredients. Whether you're a cocktail novice or mixology nerd, we've got your favorite must-haves, new gadgets and books to further your education. Come on by and pick up some of the best souvenirs at Thirst - the ones that help you make a cocktail! 

On The Bar

Fun things from the app for bartenders, cocktails, and the people who love them.

Media Lounge

Relax with your cocktail and read the latest in beverage news from our media sponsors: ImbibeBoston CommonMassachusetts Beverage BusinessWhere to Eat & DrinkBeverage Media

Thirst Hall of Liquids
Sunday & Monday, November 10th & 11th, 9am-6pm, Hotel Commonwealth 2nd floor
Cost: Complimentary with purchase of Thirst ticket to any event

Quench your thirst with non-alcoholic libations from Flat Black CoffeeFiji waterRipe all-natural fresh mixers and juices, Fever Tree tonic, club soda, ginger ale & ginger beer.

Or, “hop” on over to our beer area and tip back sudsy samples from some of your favorite New England Craft Brewers: Boulevard, Rising Tide, Bantam Cider, Ithaca Beer, Newburyport Brewing, Peak Organic, Notch, Long Trail

William Grant Speakeasy


Monday, November 11th, 11:00pm - 1:00am
Cost: Complimentary entry with purchase of Thirst ticket to any event.

Just steps from the Hotel Commonwealth, for one night only, Boston’s most exclusive speakeasy will open in in the otherwise sleepy neighborhood of Audobon Circle. In a nod to the Prohibition-­‐era gin-­‐ joint, guests will navigate symbols, passwords and intrigue to gain entry to this seemingly empty building. Once inside, they will be engulfed in a swinging party featuring some of the country’s best bartenders, turning out carefully crafted cocktails featuring the spirits of William Grant & Sons.

Bulleit After Party

Monday, November 11th, 11pm-1am @ Citizen (1310 Boylston St.)
Cost: Complimentary entry with purchase of Thirst ticket to any event.

Toast the closing of Thirst with the legendary Bulleit Bourbon and Bulleit Rye!

 


Tuesday | Nov 12

Thirst Detox: World's Slowest Bike Race with St-Germain

Tuesday, November 12th, 3:00-6:00pm @ Citizen (1310 Boylston St.)
Cost: This volunteer and staff appreciation event is by invitation only

Ready to detox? Us too! A whole lotta drinks and a whole lotta people are what makes Thirst special. Here, we raise a glass to toast hard work or our staff and volunteers.