Crafting the Cocktail

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museumThe Museum of the American Cocktail Presents Crafting the Cocktail: Handmade Objects and Implements for Classic and Modern Libations

Craft in America Center and The Museum of the American Cocktail (MOTAC) invite you to join the craft cocktail revolution in liquid style. Crafting the Cocktail, an exciting collaboration between two of the country’s leading craft institutions, is a landmark exhibition of one-of-a-kind, handmade barware that showcases innovative designs inspired by the ways in which we enjoy distilled spirits, both neat and well-mixed. The exhibit will be hosted at the Craft in America Center (8415 West Third Street, Los Angeles CA) from December 6, 2014 to February 21, 2015.

Each new wave of alcoholic beverages has arrived in tandem with art movements: ornate Victorian serving pieces are as much a testament to their era as mid-century modern minimalism to fanciful tiki items. Now a new era of mixology, introduced by the craft cocktail revolution of the last quarter century, has inspired a wave of sophisticated, elegant, thoughtful, and sometimes whimsical objects created to advance the craft of the cocktail and, indeed, revolutionize fine drinking.

Cocktails are inherently craft-centered: making a fine beverage requires an arsenal of tools, materials, and know-how. The process is as fundamental as the product. From the muddler to the strainer, the jigger to the shaker, the tools of the bartender’s trade are many and highly specialized. This exhibition will encompass the myriad items in the bartender’s toolkit, ranging from the miniscule to the sizeable, from the swizzle stick to the punchbowl, from the barstool to the liquor cabinet.

Barware, of course, exists not only for the maker but the drinker as well. Sipping from a sexy champagne coupe can heighten one’s sensation tenfold; so, too, can sitting at a sensuous barstool. Craftsmanship is inextricably linked to the quality of experience.

Used for serving, storage, and display, drinkware is a mainstay of craft history. The variety of forms marks our wide range of occasions: be it a nightcap or a champagne toast, the vessels from which we choose to drink have an impact, enhancing the experience, and even the ritual, of imbibing.

Accompanying the Crafting the Cocktail exhibition at the Craft in America Center will be a full schedule of gallery talks by artists and seminars led by industry experts in the forefront of the craft cocktail revolution, among them master bartenders and drink historians, and presented in some of Greater Los Angeles’s more exclusive and storied watering holes.

PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 5:00-7:00pm

Opening Reception

Craft in America Center

8415 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048

MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 6:30-8:30pm

Touring the Cocktail: MOTAC Los Angeles

A History of Drinking (Abridged)

Liz Williams, President, SoFAB Institute and Managing Director, MOTAC

The Ace Hotel Upstairs Rooftop Lounge

929 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Admission: $40 in advance/$35 for SoFAB-MOTAC, USBG, and Craft in America members/$50 at the door (http://www.cocktailmuseum.org/events-and-seminars)

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11, 7:00pm

Cocktails: The History of Choice

Richard Foss, Food & Drink Historian and California Curator, MOTAC

Craft in America Center

8415 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048

Admission: FREE

TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 6:30-8:30pm

Touring the Cocktail: MOTAC Los Angeles

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Rob Floyd, Founder & CEO, rxliquidchef.com and National Director of Mixology, Ozumo Concepts International, LLC

41 Ocean

1541 Ocean Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Admission: $40 in advance/$35 for SoFAB-MOTAC, USBG, and Craft in America members/$50 at the door (http://www.cocktailmuseum.org/events-and-seminars)

THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 7:00pm

The Ritual and Craft of the Cocktail

Joe Keeper, Owner, Bar Keeper & Marcos Tello, Owner, Tello/Demarest Liquid Assets

Craft in America Center

8415 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048

Admission: FREE

FEBRUARY 2015

Touring the Cocktail: MOTAC Los Angeles

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FEBRUARY 2015

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Brandyn Tepper, Head Mixologist, Hinoki & the Bird

Craft in America Center

8415 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048

Admission: FREE