What a treat Art Beyond the Glass was! A new venue in the arts district of downtown Los Angeles, Resident LA, hosted the event for hundreds of cocktail lovers one short week ago but my memories will be living on much longer!
Bartenders showcased paintings, sculptures, murals and photographs, retro barware, hand painted trash cans and – innovative cocktails everywhere you turned – all benefitting non-profit Global Inheritance!
And, as is our habit to do this, we created a 2-minute slideshow of some of the fun! View it here.
Favorites for the guests included: a spicy and cool gazpacho made with Jägermeister, as well as cocktails made with St. Germain elderflower, El Silencio Mezcal in the “Mezcal Mango-Colada” and served in a coconut shell, Chartreuse, Pisco Porton, Fords Gin, Bulldog Gin, Jameson Caskmate, Few Bourbon Whiskey, Clement Coco, Jack Daniel’s, Boomerang Liqueur, Amaro Lucano, Liquid Alchemist Ginger, Grenadine and Apple Spice flavors, Szechuan Infused Montenegro, Mixwell Dandelion Tonic, Bitter Truth (bitters) and my own favorites were the two cocktails with Auchentoshan single malt scotch and served in an embossed tin cup.
A few of the single spirits we got to try were Angel’s Envy, Toki Suntory Whisky and Stark Spirits Aquavit.
In conclusion I’d have to say the day couldn’t have gone any better. The bartenders and their support teams never had lines of people waiting to be served, their attitudes were just as exemplary as their talents. The drinks were innovative in both the recipes and presentations. And, as could’ve easily been the case, there were no duplicates that I found. Each drink was a new taste treat for guests, with many of the bartenders offering more than one selection.
If cocktails are your interest, if art is an interest, if the arts district of LA is an interest, or supporting the community is an interest – don’t miss Art Beyond the Glass VI or an inaugural Art Beyond the Glass in your city as the event has just gone Global!
The press release with all of the information including the names of the bartenders, the venue and the non-profit are below.
Press Release (2019 editor’s note: this is now a past event.)
The fifth annual Art Beyond the Glass (ABTG) is taking place on Sunday, June 26 at Resident in Downtown Los Angeles. ABTG V features dozens of L.A.’s top bartenders mixing cocktails and showcasing their artistry, from painting to photography, live music and more. ABTG V is raising funds for Global Inheritance, an L.A.-based nonproﬁt organization that creates experiences which inspire individuals to take positive action on global issues.
To celebrate its five-year anniversary, Art Beyond the Glass is expanding to a five-hour event, featuring an incredible lineup of top bartenders from across the L.A. area mixing cocktails and showcasing their art, music, photography and much more.
Bartenders returning for this year’s ABTG include: Aaron Melendrez (Salazar), Alex Barbatsis (BarToni’s), Alyson Iwamoto (The Varnish), Beau Du Bois (The Corner Door), Cari Hah (Big Bar), Chris Amirault (Fiscal Agent), Christopher Day (General Lee’s), Dan Sabo (Ace Hotel), Dustin Newsome (Salazar), Christine Wiseman (Break Room 86), Eugene Lee (Big Bar), Francois Vera (Pour Vous), Genie Gore (Melrose Umbrella Co.), Greg Bryson (The Wallace), Jeremy Lake (Lost Property), Joe Valdovinos (Salazar), Karen Grill (Wolf), Kalani Ben (Sassafras Saloon), Katie Emmerson (The Walker Inn), Ryan Wainwright (Terrine), Una Green (Belcampo Meat Co.), William Cutting (Resident), Yael Vengroff (The Spare Room) and the Godfather of the L.A. cocktail scene, Vincenzo Marianella (Copa d’Oro).
First-time participating bartenders include: Adam Fournier (Chestnut Club + Areal), Bethany Ham (Corner Door), Brad Fry (Michael’s Restaurant Group), Florence Hartigan (Big Bar), Jodi Calderon (Normandie Club), Jonathan Joy (Belcampo Meat Co.), Josh Suchan (FOH), Julie Bersani (Big Bar), Michael Lay (Broken Spanish), and many more TBA.
Hosted by Matt Robold (aka rumdood), ABTG V is taking place at Resident, a stunning indoor-outdoor venue located in the heart of the Arts District of Downtown L.A. Housed in a historic industrial building, Resident features a craft cocktail program by Randy Tarlow (Liquid Alchemist), a beer garden and an eclectic calendar of live music and DJ sessions.
The all-inclusive ticket includes cocktails, art, entertainment, and bar bites. For the first time, Bar Keeper will be featuring a pop up store at ABTG. In addition, guests will be able to purchase bartender art, buy raffle tickets and bid on silent auction items such as artwork, photography, rare spirits and more. All proceeds will be donated to Global Inheritance.
Art Beyond the Glass V is being made possible with the generous support of our sponsoring brands: The 86 Co., Auchentoshan, Aviation, Bacardi, Back Bar Project, The Bitter Truth, BroVo Spirits, Classic & Vintage, Courvoisier, El Silencio, FEW Spirits, Golden Road Brewing, House of Agricole, Jack Daniel’s, Jägermeister, La Niña del Mezcal, McCluskey Group, Owl’s Brew, Pisco Porton, The Rum Society, SelvaRey Rum, Stark Spirits, Chartreuse, Liquid Alchemist, Miracle Mile Bitters, West Coast Ice Provisions and Winship’s Bitters.
Once again, Art Beyond the Glass is being produced with the participation and support of the USBG Southern California Chapter.
Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, a “certification in first globally-recognized course” as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video, authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits. You can also seek her marketing advice via Eve@EveBushmanConsulting.com