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Thursday, July 21 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm

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Why isn’t bread alcoholic? Why are Campari and Aperol red? What is actually in Pat O’Briens Hurricane Mix? In Liquipedia, Tristan and Jake will answer all of these questions and eighty-seven more, as they attempt to pose and deliver a set of ninety broadranging booze questions and answers over a ninety minute period. The questions will be answered with a variety of methods including but not limited to, straight verbal answers, practical demonstrations, scientific experimentation, a one time only “phone a friend option”, or by reference to peer reviewed journals and publications. Every answer will, to the greatest extent possible, be a factually correct answer not an opinion, hearsay or folklore. The topics covered will be hugely varied but united by their appropriateness to a Tales of the Cocktail event ie: They will cover the: science/history/mathematics/language of alcohol, cocktails, New Orleans or of Tales of the Cocktail itself. Some of the questions will have a very quick answer, it might even just be a yes or no, some will take a little more time to reach a satisfactory resolution. The next question will not be raised until both Jake, Tristan, an independent adjudicator played by TIME Magazine's Jeffrey Kluger, and timekeeper, Ali Dedianko, have approved the answer given. Eighty of the questions and answers will be preprepared and rehearsed, but to add an air of excitement and challenge to the proceedings ten questions will be generated from the audience guests and via social media during the seminar. Two count down clocks will display the time elapsed and the number of questions answered to further increase the drama. Liquipedia is dedicated to all those alcohol-related questions that are unworthy of a 90-minute seminar, but that it sure would be nice to know the answers to. It will be entertaining, informative, engaging, irreverent, and at times... bizarre. Most of all, it will put to bed forever some of the more persistent pseudo science and urban myths of the drinks world.

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Tristan Stephenson

Author, The Curious Bartender, Fluid Movement
Tristan has been involved in the hospitality industry for 16 years, as a chef, waiter and bartender. After leaving Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant in 2007, Tristan took a role as a Brand Ambassador for the Reserve Brands Group, training bartenders and consumers on the delights... Read More →

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Jake Burger

Director, Portobello Road Gin / The Ginstitute
Having bartended for 20 plus years, in 2011 Jake stepped out from behind the bar and became part of the team that opened The Ginstitute and launched Portobello Road Gin. Since opening The Ginstitute has educated over 15 000 people on the history and science of gin and is consistently... Read More →
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Ali Dedianko

Director of Education, Belvedere Vodka
Ali Dedianko is a Baltimore native who moved to New York City in 2003 to attend New York University. While she majored in European Studies and minored in Russian Language, she has always had a true passion for spirits. After 7 years behind the bar, she entered the Belvedere Dream... Read More →
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Jeff Kluger

Science Editor, Time Magazine
Jeffrey Kluger is the science editor for Time magazine and Time.com, principally covering science and social issues. His newest nonfiction book is Apollo 8. His newest novel is Freedom Stone, a young tale set on a South Carolina plantation in 1863, also published in 2011. He is the... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
Acadia Suite at the Royal Sonesta Hotel