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New Haven Cocktail Week Showcases Brands and Venues

By September 28, 2019Connecticut, Top News

Downtown New Haven venues participated in a weeklong showcase of spirit brands and cocktails for the second annual New Haven Cocktail Week (NHCW). Founded and organized by New Haven bar owners and industry professionals, including Ordinary’s Tim Cabral and Ben Zemke, The Owl Shop’s Glen Greenberg, Elm City Social’s John Brennen and Opici Family Distributing’s Scott Randall, the goal to “showcase area bars and restaurants” through education and walk-arounds was met with sold-out seminars and a variety of spirits-centric events for the trade and public alike. The weeklong festivities kicked off with a Spirits Ball at the High George rooftop bar on August 18. With more than 25 bars offering specialty cocktail menus and more than 30 spirits brands highlighted, visiting patrons were given the chance to learn about spirits brands, try new tastes and participate in a “passport program” culminating in a Friday celebration in Temple Plaza. All proceeds from the 12 seminars were donated to All Our Kin, a New Haven-based organization that trains, supports and sustains community childcare providers.

Photos 2, 14, 15 and 17 by Christopher Beauchamp. Photo 16 courtesy of Gary Dritschler, Campari America.

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