Win Tickets ($80): Cocktail Camp @ Gerding Theater | Drinks, Mixology Classes, Socializing

Pipeline has another pair of tickets to give away for Cocktail Camp PDX on Sunday, April 10. Tickets include four drink tickets. To win tickets, comment on this post why you would like to attend. Winner will be drawn & emailed Friday, April 1.

From our sponsors at Cocktail Camp:
cocktail campCocktail Camp 2011
Sunday, April 10
10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
$40 before April 1 | $50 after April 1

The Gerding Theater @ The Armory
128 NW 11th Avenue

We all love a good cocktail, but how often do you get the chance to really explore the wide world of spirits? To learn about the making of the latest hand crafted whiskeys, to taste locally distilled spirits, or to learn how to throw a killer cocktail party at home? We’re here to help with Cocktail Camp PDX.

Cocktail Camp is a day long event that’s part social gathering and part learning experience. You can listen to talks and panel discussions from experts on distilling and mixology, all while enjoying some fine drinks and chatting with other cocktail enthusiasts. We endeavor to bring you a laid-back, fun approach to the craft of making cocktails while our bartenders serve you cocktails and punches.

Tickets include four drink tickets good for cocktails served at social hours throughout the day. Enjoy a drink with us and explore the world of cocktails!

Here’s a little more about what you can expect from your day:

The Art of Tasting Beer and Spirits
Set the stage (and your palate) for the day by learning how to really taste your spirits and beer. Learn what makes spirits different and how to pick out their defining characteristics. Lee Medoff Bull Run Distillery, Nathan Gerdes (Thatch Tiki Bar, Northwest Distillery, and Alex Ganum Upright Brewing will lead the discussion.

Beer cocktails: Why Have One When You Can Have Both?
Jacob Grier Metrovino and Ezra Johnson-Greenough Upright Brewing will teach you how to craft fantastic cocktails using the unlikeliest of ingredients.

The New American Whiskey
The other whiskeys that have been taking bars by storm and redefining what “American whiskey” means. Learn more from Lance Winters St. George Spirits, Lee Medoff Bull Run Distillery, and Sebastian Degans Stone Barn Brandy Works about this growing movement.

Yes, You Can Entertain!
Learn how to plan your own amazing cocktail parties with the help of David Shenaut Beaker and Flask, Irving Street Kitchen and Jacqueline Patterson Lillet.

DIY Sodas, Syrups, and Bitters
Expert instruction on doing it yourself from San Francisco’s Jennifer Colliau Small Hand Foods, Slanted Door and Columbine Quillen.

In addition, there will be three cocktail social hours throughout the day with complimentary cocktails and punches by Lillet, Northwest Distillery, and House Spirits Distillery.

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82 Responses to Win Tickets ($80): Cocktail Camp @ Gerding Theater | Drinks, Mixology Classes, Socializing

  1. Sarah March 29, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    This sounds like so much fun. I love learning about alcohol as I drink it, my memory maybe isn’t as good, but it makes you feel like a connoisseur instead of a lush. Also makes for good conversation starters with cute guys at bars.

  2. Hannah March 29, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    It has to be said, I am not a good bartender. I would love to go to this event to learn how to make cocktails my guests will enjoy and get tips on how to make my parties better. AND I am particularly a fan of the cocktails at Beaker and Flask so that is quite the bonus.


  3. Jon March 29, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    My restaurant just started carrying liquor, this would really help me step up my mixing game. Looks really fun.

  4. ryan herron March 29, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    “DIY Sodas, Syrups, and Bitters” ’nuff said. If I win me and the Mrs. will be front and center. Thanks!

  5. sparkledarkko March 29, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    Yes please!

  6. K March 29, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    I’m so interested in the art of cocktail-making that I own six different cocktail recipe/reference books and I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see these pros at work. And of course sample the “art.” :)

  7. Trish March 29, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    This is my kind of camp!

  8. Matt Shoobridge March 29, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    To explore the wide world of spirits?! To learn about the making of the latest hand crafted whiskeys, and to taste locally distilled spirits. I’m in!

  9. Donna March 29, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    I love alcohol and sounds like fun!

  10. Hope March 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    Ooh, pick me please! I need to learn how to add some spice to my drink mixing skills. This event sounds delightful.

  11. PdxDrinkUp March 29, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    This sounds like an awesome event. The Gerding theater is my favorite place in Portland.

  12. Kate McMullen March 29, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

    I never go to go to real camp…this sounds much better though!

  13. dori March 29, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    I love classic cocktails!

  14. Amanda March 29, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    Sounds awesome

  15. Courtney March 29, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

    I would love to learn how to make cocktails for parties that I host!

  16. Lucas March 29, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    What a great way to mix up your Sunday :)

  17. AriH March 29, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    Sounds great – mixology is a new and exciting area of cooking and combining ingredients that I know too little about. I’d especially love to learn about pairing cocktails and food, and using unexpected ingredients in innovative combinations.
    Pick me pick me pick me pleeeze!

  18. Hannah March 29, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

    I’ve moved to a great spot and need to throw a fancy cocktail house warming. TEACH ME!

  19. Todd Evans March 29, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

    As I said the last time, I need to learn more about spirits and this would be a good time. My wife and I go to what we call adult camp, which is really volunteering to help decorate one of the floats for the Pasadena Rose Parade. This would truly be an adult camp.

  20. Jeremy March 29, 2011 at 8:59 pm #

    4 Reasons why I would love to win…
    1. I love the art of the cocktail
    2. I like to drink
    3. I didn’t win the first drawing for tix
    4. I missed it last year

  21. AJ March 29, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    I’ve spent over 100000 dollars on drinkin n partying in the last year! I need this camp so I can start makin my own cocktails n invitin friends over lol

  22. Steven March 30, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    I always did want to lean how to tend bar.

  23. Carla March 30, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    Sounds like fun!

  24. Matt March 30, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    Wow this looks amazing! I would definitely pass on the knowledge if I was able to attend.

  25. Cameron March 30, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    I love that this starts at 10:30am. That way I can be buzzed by noon! Cocktails are great! (my fingers and toes are crossed.)

  26. Sarah March 31, 2011 at 9:50 am #

    I love educational social events. Please help me throw a better cocktail party!! Thanks!

  27. Brian G March 31, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    Cocktails (especially BEER cocktails!) are where it’s at! Would love to attend, but being mostly-unemployed makes the cost a little prohibitive…

  28. cristopher dillard March 31, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    I am interested in the beer coctails, for sure. I have always been leary to try any, even though i LOVE craft beer. This would be a great opportunity to try some without shelling out the big bucks. Pick me, PDX Pipeline!

  29. Veronica P March 31, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    I’d love to win these tickets! I’m not good at mixing drinks by any means and would love to know more about cocktails in general. Plus hello! cocktail camp . . . I’m sure it will be a blast.

  30. Warren March 31, 2011 at 2:30 pm #


  31. Michelle March 31, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    Please free me from the bonds of mediocrity, and make me a Pro!

  32. Elizabeth March 31, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

    This sounds like so much fun! I love the art of mixing cocktails and I’d love to learn more!

  33. Emily March 31, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    This sounds like so much fun! I’d love to go. Plus afterward I could throw awesome cocktail parties with my new skills.

  34. Mickey March 31, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    This sounds like a fun and interesting event! I’d love to go :)

  35. Corbin Griffing March 31, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    Well drinks is one of my fav thinks to do now that I have a broken ankle and tons and tons of time. I want to go to summer camp like really people do outside of my apt of DOOM!

  36. Rebecca March 31, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

    This sounds amazing – especially the DIY class. I would love to go!

  37. Erin March 31, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    I love throwing cocktail parties but I am running out of fun drinks to prepare! This camp looks like a great way to spice up future parties.

  38. Ashleigh March 31, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    My creativity when it comes to mixing drinks is so disappointing. I’d love to fix that, and this would be the perfect opportunity to have some fun and try something new!

  39. Lucky Linda Sheeley March 31, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    Just bought an old school 1970’s bar for my apartment, and a mixology event would help my skills in providing great drinks to my friends while entertaining! Would love to attend this!

  40. kristin March 31, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

    i would love to learn more about cocktails and try some by the master mixologists! fingers crossed! ;)

  41. Rachel March 31, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    I am not a church-goer. What else can I do to fulfill my Sunday? :D

  42. Sandi March 31, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    This would be an awesome opportunity. A nice way to learn to mix coctails for at home gatherings. My husband and I are always trying something new!
    This would be a great way to get ideas from the experts in learning the “mixology”

  43. Carlos March 31, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    was just dreaming about this very thing last night…

  44. Shay March 31, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    I believe I NEED this! Well, my cocktail bar NEEDS this. Tired of Cosmopolitans and Lemon Drops. Oey vey!

  45. Ashley March 31, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    Beer cocktails sounds like the best mix of all sort of worlds.
    And let’s just say that the Doors’ Alabama Song is one of my ringtones. “Oh show me the way, To the next whiskey bar,
    Oh don’t ask why, Oh don’t ask why.” ;)

  46. Nicole March 31, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    What a lovely way to spend a Sunday Funday! I would love to learn the ways of the expert mixologists that will be in attendance! Love PDXPipeline: thanks so so much for all the great event news and information: You ALL ROCK!!!

  47. DanielB March 31, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    I am trying to train myself from the ground up to become a craft mixologist, and I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to attend this event to further my knowledge and make some great connections!

  48. Cristina March 31, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    My family makes Italian moonshine (grappa) but there is not much art to pouring it, pour rocket fuel into shot glass. I would love to learn how to make some cocktails with it and more!

  49. Jessica March 31, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    The cosmic powers compel me to attend this event and master the delicate art of drunkenness. You have been chosen to facilitate my entry to this event. The Gods of Inebriation have spoken. OBEY.

  50. Jaydoh March 31, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    Wouldn’t WINNING be amazing? Mixology is kewl.

  51. Jeremy Brill March 31, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    I need to upgrade my drinking habit

  52. Claire March 31, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    I’m already well versed in cocktail appreciation, however I could still use some pointers on cocktail creation. Once I return from camp, we’ll be clinking glasses to Ursula 1000. Won’t you join me for a drink?

  53. Honor March 31, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

    I would love to win this because my partner and I have always wanted to throw cocktail parties straight out of the 1950’s but I can’t make a drink to save my life! We need help!

  54. Jason Castro March 31, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    I’m 23 and I don’t know how to impress women with my drink making skills. Lots of whiskey and a tad bit of coke isn’t too impressive.

  55. Angel Anderson March 31, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    Wow, is this coincidental or what? Here are 3 really good reasons (at least in my opinion :)…
    1) My little sister graduates from bartending school on Monday. Please let me go to this so I can go head to head with her and her new skills.
    2) My fiance and I are looking to improve our cocktail knowledge so we can develop some really awesome signature drinks for our upcoming wedding. With this, I would be able to really impress our guests.
    3) I just hit the big 30 this week so it would be an awesome bday present… you know you want to give me a present, don’t ya? :)

  56. Shelley A. March 31, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    Did someone say cocktail? Ohhh…Cocktail Camp! Even better. Mix it! Who said beer cocktails? NICE.

  57. Cari March 31, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    Drinking is one of my favorite past times… Why not learn how to make some of my favorites from the pros?

  58. Lisa S. March 31, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    These tickets would really lift my “spirits”….

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  59. Simone March 31, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    A great way to meet people while drinking and learning! I would love to surprise my newly licensed bartender friend with these! And drink tixx are always a great plus…

  60. Alicia March 31, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

    My boyfriend and I have started cooking together at home. It’s a nice thing to do and it saves money. We’re getting better at cooking but are terrible drink makers. Unless it has only 2 ingredients (mainly a form of rum or vodka plus soda) we don’t do too well… This would be great to go to as we’ll be able to finally serve our guests a rereshing cocktail, even if the main dish doesn’t come out just right.

  61. Katie G March 31, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

    I make some fair concoctions of my own, but would love to know more.

  62. Barbara March 31, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    Oh Please Pick me for this one! I love booze. There, I’ve said it. I would love to know how to put it together in fancy cocktails and entertain my friends and loved ones instead of just throwing the bottle up on the counter next to the red cups and yelling “come and get it!”

  63. erin March 31, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    I like to pretend I have bartending skills when I throw parties but I rarely venture from the norm of mixes so it can’t be messed up but then again I guess it couldn’t be mind blowing either. I would love to take it up a notch and actually learn a thing or two.

  64. pdxRay March 31, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

    Let me!

  65. Emily March 31, 2011 at 10:42 pm #

    omg hooooray!!!!!!!! minty, cilantroy vodkay goodness. Yes please.

  66. Debra March 31, 2011 at 10:42 pm #

    If I won this, all of my friends would be so appreciative, since I would use my “mad skills” to throw some amazing get togethers with equally amazing drinks!

  67. Jacqui March 31, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    I love to entertain and mix drinks for guests. Plus I’m a great addition to a party! ;)

  68. Jane April 1, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    I always have had innate mixology skills to go along with my fervent passion for alcohol and would love to study under these booze gurus. Starting to dabble with distilling and would appreciate tips to keep me from making booze that makes my friends go blind.

  69. Chris April 1, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    would be nice to take this class to accompany my brand new OLCC license.

  70. Lori Colt April 1, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    After becoming a fan of Mad Men, I’ve tried out a Sidecar at a local pub but can’t seem to master it at home. Please help me become the new “Mrs. Draper”.

  71. licorous April 2, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    Sounds so much better than band camp!

  72. sean April 3, 2011 at 7:45 pm #

    I have nothing clever or witty to say, but I bet after I attended this camp I would.

  73. Lacey April 4, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    Im in need of a good cocktail :)

  74. Sarah Elizabeth April 4, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    I need some new cocktail and party ideas, I love meeting new people and well… booze :)

  75. Jodie April 5, 2011 at 12:38 am #

    there will be so much to learn at this event. sounds amazing!

  76. sarah April 6, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    Need to start drinking more than just whiskey and tequilla shots. I never know whether to fight someone or take my clothes off. I’m also from Chicago and I am still waiting for Portland to wow me. Make it happen.

  77. Emee April 6, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    This would be a great class for an event planner like me, so I can share this knowledge with my clients.

  78. Andrea Levy April 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    I see this wonderful event as:
    as an excellent opportunity to get out and mix and mingle,
    a wonderful way to meet new people while drinking (and as it so happens, I am at my most charming after 1.5 drinks)
    A chance to try new things and learn new skills,
    and last but not least as a possibly life-altering, career-changing, rollicking good time.
    Consider me intrigued!

  79. Sarah Pool April 7, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    Evrrrrraaayyboodayyy get together at the Cocktail Camp!
    Evrrrayyyybooodayyy learn how to mix like a champ!

    Grier, Gerdes, Ganam, and Greenough leadin’ the way!
    See you bright and early this Lucky Sunday!!!!!!!!

    Hope to go!!! There is “Amazing”….and then there is “Beyond Amazing”! This opportunity would be the latter. -sarah

  80. sci-fi kitty April 7, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    Ooooh! Sounds delish! I’ve been a die-hard beer drinker and would love to expand my drinking horizons with some drink mixing knowledge.

  81. Joe April 7, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    This would be perfect for my weekend trip to Portland from Eugene. I’ve created a few cocktail recipes, but I would love to learn from the pros.

  82. Maddness April 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    “First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you” (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

    Not only do I enjoy drinking (alcohol) and inventing cocktails, I am working on a blog in which I read novels and drink what the author drank while writing them or what the characters drink (think champagne or gin rickeys with “The Great Gatsby” or martinis for “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”). Then I write about both.

    I would love the opportunity to learn how to make all the drinks to go along with what I’m reading and the chance to experience something I can’t afford (being the sadly unemployed college grad that I am). Pretty please with whiskey on top, pick me!

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