Last night's Drinking Lessons kickoff class at the Sorrento Hotel (9th & Terry) was a treasure trove of tips for amateurs and bartenders alike. Part of a new series called Night School, a collaboration between the Sorrento and local event organizer/One Pot guy Michael Hebb, Drinking Lessons promises to bring the country's best bartenders to the Hunt Club to talk about and share their craft. Ryan Magarian, a nationally known cocktail consultant out of Portland and a former Seattleite, gave away the house, information-wise. At times it seemed like he was recruiting, and by the end of the session you could tell that several attendees had been inspired to amp up their home bartending game. If anything, Magarian's lessons showed just how much hard work, knowledge and creativity go in to being a bartender (or should).
Foodista has a recap of the entire affair, as it will with each lesson in the series. You can view the recap here.To sign up to be notified of upcoming classes, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Each lesson has a 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. session, with room for only 12 attendees (the number of stools at the bar). Don't even think about getting in on Zig Zag bartender Murray Stenson's class next week, but you could stop by for the tail end of the Sorrento's bitchin happy hour (4:00-6:00 p.m.) and eavesdrop from a booth. More class dates will be announced soon.