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Take This Class: The Art and Science of the Cocktail

Up the ante at your next party by showing off the cocktail skills you learned at this new, weekly class at Huckleberry Bar in Williamsburg. Taught by head barman Ian Hardie and general manager Jon Katayama, the class highlights a different aspect of the alcoholic beverage world during each session. Since May the two have covered an array of topics including brown spirits and maturation, and they plan to go over other hot subjects like bitters, using fresh juices, clear liquors and so on.


Cocktail Class at Huckleberry Bar

Take a cocktail class at Huckleberry Bar and learn a little bit more about liquor (Photo: Linnea Covington)

What to Expect: Whether you are just starting to learn about liquors and cocktails or want to freshen your expertise, this 90-minute seminar will challenge you. Situated in the back of the bar, each class goes into depth on the main topic, like last week’s discussion on aged spirits, which covered the ins and outs of bourbon, cognac, whiskey and even some tequila. In each session, Katayama talks about how these liquors are processed and the flavor profiles, while Hardie shows the group how to create two cocktails, one classic and one a special of the bar. Of course you get to drink these offerings too, after all how else would you know how to describe them later? That’s an exercise Katayama and Hardie do to get people talking about what they are drinking. Be prepared to sniff, swirl, drink and talk about what you like and don’t like about what’s in the glass. To find out what the focus of the next class will be and reserve a spot, call 718-218-8555 or email

Price: $45 per person, includes two drinks

When: Every Thursday starting at 7pm

Where: Huckleberry Bar, 588 Grand St., Brooklyn,

What to Bring: Homemade focaccia bread is served with the provided with cocktails and water, so just make sure to bring a pen and paper if you want to take notes.

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