LUPEC Seattle Dismantling the Patriarchy…one drink at a time!

Ladies for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails, Seattle Edition!
We try to meet up once a month in the area's best cocktail bars to try tasty libations made of gin, rum, tequila, whiskey, etc.
Occasionally we throw a party and use our power to raise money for local charities.

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

LUPEC Seattle is Having a Party & Even Boys are Invited!

LUPEC Seattle Cocktails for a Cause
Saturday February 19, 2011
8pm- 12am
$40 in advance/ $50 at the door
Limited Space!

Join the ladies of LUPEC Seattle at The Penthouse, A Rob Roy Collaboration, for a cocktail party benefiting Jubilee Women’s Center. Enjoy drinks & Seattle’s best view from 37 floors up!  

Ticket price includes 2 cocktails by Anu Apte of Rob Roy & Jenn Hegstrom of LUPEC Portland as well as light hors d’Oeuvres.  Additional drinks available at the cash bar.

Special guest Ted Munat of the recently published “Left Coast Libations” will be signing copies of his book. Kristina Barnes, owner of Inner Chapters Books will have books for cash or credit card sale $24.95+tax.  And who knows which other esteemed bartenders may be on hand to lend a signature as well!

A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to the Jubilee Women’s Center whose mission is “To provide women a safe and supportive place to live and an opportunity to learn while becoming self-reliant in housing and employment”.

Please bring an article of winter women’s or children’s clothing to give to the Center & get an additional drink on us!

Special thanks to our sponsors Makers Mark Whiskey, Ebb&Flow Vodka, Corrido Tequila & Voyager Gin!

Buy your tickets today!

Friday, January 14, 2011

January Meeting- Japanese Whisky at Liberty Bar

Happy New Year! The ladies of Seattle's LUPEC toasted each other with a delicious tasting of 3 Japanese Whiskys (no e in this Whisky) at Capitol Hill's Liberty Bar.

Bar co-owners and whisky enthusiasts Keith Waldbauer & Andrew Friedman were gracious & generous hosts to about 30 of us last week. We had the gorgeous private back room all to ourselves and were welcomed in with glasses of punch which Keith made based on the cocktail "The Japanese Gardner": Yamazaki 12, lemon juice, apricot liqueur, simple syrup and Peychaud bitters. Delish!

We all got a chance to mix and mingle while snacking on some yummy sushi rolls. I think there were about 4 new attendees- welcome!

Andrew then led us in a fantastic side by side tasting and lecture on 3 whiskys. First up was the Hibiki 12, a gorgeous blended whisky partially aged in Japanese Plum Liquor barrels. Lighter and fruitier in flavor, everyone was immediately impressed!

Next we tasted the Yamazaki 12. Unlike the Hibiki this is a single malt whisky and is aged in casks made of American, Spanish and Japanese white oak. The flavor has more dried fruit & wood. A personal favorite of mine (Andrew first introduced me to this before my trip to Japan in 2008) I think it was also the group's favorite of the night.

The final whisky was Yamazaki's 18. A powerful stunner it's the same single malt of the 12 only aged a full 18 years. And although the alcohol % is the same most of us felt it was much hotter. Lots of toasty wood, a dark caramel color and a drier finish this is a beautiful sipping whisky.

Andrew then presented us with a riff on a hot toddy (perfect for that cold evening!) made with the Hibiki 12, a black tea infused syrup and lemon. Thanks go out to Courtney and Cameo for helping to remember what was in that!

After the planned portion of the evening Andrew & Keith left us to continue our in-depth discussions on the fine nuances of Japanese Whisky with the open bottles they had poured from earlier. Dangerous, very very dangerous!

If you were there what did you think of the whisky? Did you have a favorite?

Huge thanks to Liberty- Andrew & Keith! If you couldn't make the meeting or haven't been I absolutely recommend an evening there. Btw their back private room is great and available for parties!

Liberty Bar
517 15th Avenue East
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 323-9898