Jun 20, 2017 to Aug 19, 2017 from Tuesday, 04:00 PM to Saturday, 05:00 PM (EDT)
Alley Twenty Six 320 East Chapel Hill Street North Carolina

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About Cider Classes Round 3: Cider Cocktails

Cider Cocktail Tasting with Alley 26's Shannon Healy and Rob Mariani, Mattie Beason of Black Twig Cider House, and Local Distillers.

Alley Twenty Six and cider expert extraordinaire Mattie B. will be doing a series of cider cocktail tastings on Saturdays throughout the summer starting Saturday, May 20th.  Featuring cocktails using a combination of different ciders and liquor from various North Carolina distilleries, prepare to learn about these delicious products and new ways to concoct summer cocktails for your friends at home.  

Featured Distillers:

Saturday, June 17th Topo Distillery
Saturday, July 29th   Fairgame Beverage Company
Saturday, August 19th Durham Distillery 

The hour long tasting class will feature three smaller portions of different cider cocktails with product descriptions from the distiller and Mattie B.  Rob Mariani will be on hand to talk about how to put all the products together into a tasty cocktail.  

Join us after the tasting at 5:30pm for full versions of your favorite cider cocktail from the class with Mattie B. as a guest bartender!

Where:  Alley Twenty Six
Dates:  Saturday, June 17th Topo Distillery
             Saturday, July 29th   Fairgame Beverage Company
             Saturday, August 19th Durham Distillery 
Time: 4pm to 5pm
Price:  $25
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Alley Twenty Six

Alley Twenty Six 320 East Chapel Hill Street Durham North Carolina United States 27701

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About the Organizer

Mattie Beason

Co-Owner: Black Twig Cider House in Durham, Mattie B’s Public House, Six Plates Wine Bar A native of Durham, NC, Matthew Beason is an integral component of the rising culinary culture in his community. Attaining his certification in cider through Sicera, Beason continues to grow the expanding cider community with the opening of Black Twig Cider House. “This passion for cider started ten years ago while traveling through the Basque region and experiencing not only the incredible varietals of ciders but also being a part of the communal aspect around the txotx, the cider barrel,” states Beason. “I knew I wanted to make that a part of the Durham community.” Beason experienced a similar cultural revelation with wine while attending Kenyon College, attaining a degree in Philosophy and Business Ethics. Dining at L’Arpege in Paris, a Michelin three-star restaurant, Beason enjoyed a bottle of 1995 JL Chave Hermitage Blanc, revolutionizing his appreciation for wine and becoming a converted oenophile. Upon graduation, Beason immersed himself into the burgeoning food scene of Durham, developing the wine program at Pop’s, a popular Italian eatery, and it’s sister restaurant, Nana’s, which earned the “Award of Excellence” from The Wine Spectator. In 2007, Beason branched out with his own wine concept, Six Plates, a wine-pairing restaurant with a revolving menu around six different plates of food. Cited in The New York Times as one of the forbearers of Durham’s local culinary scene with his famous “lamby joe” sandwich, Beason illustrated in his first restaurant his adept leadership in the culinary evolution of his hometown. A prominent food and beverage innovator, Beason continues to evolve his passion for pairing beverages with food, expanding the selection from wine to include cider and craft beers with the opening of Mattie B’s Public House in 2013 and his new Black Twig Cider House in the spring of 2016. Beason’s philanthropic ties to the community are vast and most notable with his participation in the Urban Ministries, helping to bring food, shelter and a future to the poor and homeless in Durham.

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