FEAST 2016 RECAP PART 3. DRINK TANK'S PRESENTED BY IMBIBE

let's just preface this post by saying in the past scurry of buying Feast Portland tickets, i may have severely overlooked some knockout, smaller, intimate Drink Tank events -like really really overlooked- because i favor variety, and crowds really don't bother me.

last year i was fortunate enough to attend a few of the drink tanks events on a Feast Portland media pass. although i was super pregnant (like 34 weeks) and unable to partake in drinking, i was completely impressed by the entire event set up, the fun joking atmosphere, the amount of knowledge behind every individual on the panel, and, of course, how much drinking was involved! although Feast Portland is very much a food forward festival let's not forget about the drinking that is to be done during Feast week!

two things you must know about Feast Portland's drink tank series: 

1. the Drink Tank's are one part interactive drinking audience and two parts education.

2. the Drink Tank events are a really good deal, for under $60 you get a dedicated hour of learning, a reserved seat, personal cocktails; beer; wine; cider (depending on what course you choose), paired snacks to share amongst your table-mates, water, education on what you're imbibing on, and a guest panel of very serious drinkers to answer all of your serious or canny questions. 

 just scroll down my list of 2016 Drink Tank events presented by Imbibe below to read the reasons why you and i will never overlook these events again.


  • 2016 APERITIFS ASCENDANT: UNDERSTANDING VERMOUTH, QUINQUANAS AND APERITIF WINES

1. reserved seating. no lines, no juggling drinks and eats, just a nice sit down atmosphere.

guest panel lineup:

  • kate bolton, maven, portland, or
  • paul clarke, imbibe, portland, or
  • neil kopplin, imbue cellars, beaverton,or
  • ryan magarian, hamlet, portland, or
  • jake parrott, haus alpenz, bristow, va

  • 2016 WASHINGTON WINES ON THE RISE

2. a guest panel of enthusiastic and knowledgeable speakers. 

guest panel lineup:

  • kate derby raymond, spring valley vineyard, walla walla, wa
  • brennon leighton, b. leighton wines, seattle, wa
  • tony rynders, tendril wine cellars, carlton, or
  • bruce schoenfeld, saveur, boulder, co

  •  2016 THE DAY OF THE DAIQUIR: HOW RUM AND LIME CONQUERED THE WORLD

3. lots and lots of alcohol!

guest panel lineup:

  • paul clarke, imbibe, portland, or
  • simon ford, the 86 co, studio city, ca
  • jim romdall, rumba, seattle, wa
  • michael shea, rum club, portland, or

although i didn't participate in the drinking, i was dumbfounded at the bits of knowledge tossed out behind the rum making process and how to concoct a great daiquiri.

[ps. how much more alcohol do we need to hammer the point of a great cocktail? as i was leaving this event people from the audience were asking to take the cocktails i was sitting in front of, apparentely these were really good!]


  •  2016 BEER VS WINE, THIS TIME IT'S PERSONAL

4. audience interaction and participation from your own seat.

for not drinking at any of the Drink Tank events, this event was possibly my favorite events to sit through. so much audience interaction, and i had a girl crush moment listening to wine aficionado marissa defend her choices in wine and cheese pairings, while christian contested the moods of his beers, which made for some great laughs and a desire to pair my beer with cheese.  

the guest panel lineup:

  • christian debenedetti, wolves & people farmhouse brewery, newberg, or
  • marissa ross, bon appetit, los angeles, ca
  • steve jones, cheese bar, portland, or

although a majority of the participating audience had pre-voted wine as their choice drink between wine and beer, the cheese pairings and marissa's charming rebuttals definitely won the audience over as wine won the overall vote. 


tickets go on sale for Feast Portland's 2017 festival this friday, june 2nd 9a. the schedule goes live thursday, june 1st at 9a, don't forget to spend all 24 hours from when the schedule drops to when tickets go on sale to figure out which events you want to attend.

if you don't enjoy sifting through crowds of people, standing for hours while juggling your drinks and eats, a Drink Tank series might be the event for you. with all Drink Tank events you get reserved seating, a sit down intimate atmosphere, all of the conversation realness from your favorite food/drink celebrity, the ability to ask drink or personal related questions to said food crush without too much rush, and, oh snap, let's not forget that there is a whole lot of drinking to be done at these events! don't hesitate on the trigger, tickets drop friday, june 2nd 2017 at www.FEASTPORTLAND.com


full disclosure:

i was kindly provided a Feast Portland 2016 pass that included entry to the Drink Tank events in exchange for media coverage. all opinions expressed are my own.