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Focus on Spirits Seminars – Tiki Oasis 19: “Catch the New Wave”

TIKI OASIS 19: “Catch the New Wave”
June 7-11, 2019
Bali Hai – Shelter Island, San Diego
Crowne Plaza Hotel – Hotel Circle, San Diego
www.tikioasis.com

Tiki Oasis 19 celebrates Tiki in a variety of educational seminars – here’s a focus on this year’s event spirits seminars, including a wine appreciation seminar co-hosted by Devo’s Gerald Casale!

Seminar entry included with deluxe and cocktail passes noted.
Seminar Tickets available at this link
ALL seminar tickets are available for purchase a la carte – no weekend wristband necessary!
All seminars except Kiddie Cocktails are 21 and over.

Tiki Oasis 19 "Catch the New Wave"
Tiki Oasis 19 “Catch the New Wave”

Spirits Seminars
Thursday
TIKI TASTING (TWO SEATINGS)
Interact one-on-one with makers representing new products, and some of our old favorites. Tiki Oasis has curated an international collection of a very limited number of rum and other spirit brands that go well in Tiki cocktails! Includes a Tasting Glass.

Friday
WINE APPRECIATION WITH VINTNERS, JUDD FINKELSTEIN AND GERALD CASALE
Winemakers Judd Finkelstein and Gerald Casale invite you to join them as they make wine approachable, and break down the intimidation factor surrounding the world of wine. Get wine-confident! You’ll learn sensory techniques and food pairing tips, gain knowledge of common grape varieties, hear engaging stories, and have some laughs throughout. Of course, all of this will be accompanied by an array of their wines The Fifty By Fifty and Judd’s Hill winery.

Judd Finkelstein is the proprietor of Judd’s Hill winery in Napa Valley and has 40+ years of winemaking experience in this famed region. In his other life, he is the band leader of the old-timey Hawaiian-style combo, The Maikai Gents. Gerald Casale is the co-founder of the band DEVO, a longtime wine educator, and proprietor of the Pinot Noir based wine brand The Fifty By Fifty. 

INGREDIENTS MATTER: GUIDE TO DRINKING WELL
Hosted by Randy Tarlow from Liquid Alchemist, this seminar covers the importance of choosing quality ingredients when making cocktails. Examining spirits, liqueurs, syrups, juices, and ice. Why we choose fresh and premium vs artificial products. How these ingredients affect the taste and presentation of cocktails. And most important, how to drink well to prevent a hangover. Guests will leave with the understanding of what they are actually consuming and why they should be discerning when ordering a cocktail, how pricing for quality products is justified. and health-conscious options for the long party weekend.

CREATE A WORLD OF TIKI IN YOUR HOME BAR
Pam Kueber of Retro Renovation is ready to reveal all the secrets of creating a world of Tiki in your home. Starting with six blank walls — yes, the ceiling matters, too! Learn how to tackle the process of creating a tiki paradise so that you too, can transform any room in your house into your own great escape. Based on interviews with professional tiki bar designers and homeowners who shared lessons from their projects, plus countless hours of research to create her own “Mahalo Lounge”, Pam has distilled this creative project into seven distinct steps. You’ll hear about tiki-theory essentials, design concepts, options for materials and where to get them, the big no-no’s, and more. Creating a home tiki bar can be an intimidating project – “more is more” here, but you can do it if you take it step-by-step!

MAI TAI ROA A’E! W/JEFF “BEACHBUM” BERRY
The world’s most famous Tiki drink is 75 years old this year … and so is the war over who invented it.  Trader Vic claimed he invented the Mai Tai in 1944. Bandleader Harry Owens claimed he introduced the Mai Tai to the world in 1954.  And Don The Beachcomber said he invented the Mai Tai way back in 1932.  At the risk of getting fragged in the crossfire, Beachbum Berry will examine the evidence and serve up samples of different Mai Tai recipes — including Vic’s 1944 Mai Tai, still “da kine” after all these years!

Saturday
RIFFS & SPIFFS
Come learn what makes a Tiki drink different from a tropical drink and how to make your own spin-off the Tiki classics. Join mixologist and author Tiki Lindy on this fun exploration of what makes a balanced and Tiki-inspired cocktail while trying a few Tiki Lindy original riffs.

Tiki Lindy is a veteran tiki bartender, rum advocate, and tiki icon most notable for her private events bartending, award-winning mixology and as the author of “Tiki Lindy’s Field Guide to Pupus, Tidbits & Exotic Provisions”–a first of its kind collection of regionally inspired tiki cuisine recipes. She is San Francisco based but bartends nationwide.

TIKI PAIRING
We have asked a limited number of rum, beer, and other spirit brands to share with the Tiki Oasis audience their favorite taste combinations! What should you sip while indulging in dark chocolate, nuts, dried and fresh fruits? Does jerky or popcorn really pair with any spirit brand? Join us for this unique event and find out!

THE HOME BAR GUIDE TO TROPICAL COCKTAILS
Join the pros, Tom and Kelly, as they explain the creation of their latest cocktail tome, The Home Bar Guide To Tropical Cocktails, from concept to printed book. The process took over two years! They give you an insider perspective of what it takes to bring a published book to fruition. From choosing over 150 original recipes, to the art and photography gathering process, through collaborating with a European book publisher, and working within layout requirements. They will also give a practical tutorial on syrup making. Q&A will be encouraged. Includes one of Tom & Kelly’s cocktails.

Sunday
IT’S KIDDIE COCKTAIL TIME!
Calling all junior mixologists! Join us for a swingin’ master class on slinging up some tasty Kiddie Cocktails! Learn more about the coolest-ever collection of fabulous drink recipes in every flavor and style under the sun – sharp and tangy, smooth and sweet, fizzy but never flat, crisp and fruity, or rich and creamy – all minus the hooch! Surprise your friends with a Kosmic Kooler, get the party started with a Dream Punch or cruise to Hawaii with a Little Pink Pearl. You’ll also find tips on setting up your own kiddie cocktail bar – with advice on choosing everything you’ll need to make your cocktails look as amazing as they taste! Come and wet your beaks with Kiddie Cocktails book author Stuart Sandler for an afternoon you won’t soon forget!

Stuart Sandler launched the Font Diner font foundry in 1996. Inspired by American popular culture of the 1930s–1960s, he has created more than 500 original typefaces for the graphic design industry, and solidly established a reputation as the premier retro display typeface designer.  In 2004, Sandler launched Mister Retro, offering retro graphic design software products to complement his original typefaces. Mister Retro features a wildly popular suite of Photoshop plug-ins, Snappy Hour vector artwork, and original serigraphs from the world-renowned lowbrow artist Derek Yaniger. When he’s not in his studio, Sandler enjoys life in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, with his family, and indulging in world-class supper club dining – hunkered over a fancy pickle, radish, and black olive relish tray and sipping on a Shirley Temple.

TIKI OASIS BARTENDER BATTLE
The Ultimate Fighting Championship, the Celebrity Death Match, the Thunderdome: none of these contests of grit and skill included cocktails. Shame on them. The Tiki Oasis Bartenders Battle will pit some of the best bartenders in San Diego against each other in a no-holds-barred, head-to-head cocktail throw-down. Sample some of the best, most innovative Tiki cocktails in San Diego while you cheer on your bartending champion. They all may battle but only one can win!

Ram Udwin is the founder and creative mind behind Boy Drinks World, maker of fine cocktail bitters, tinctures, and other delightful things. Aside from running Boy Drinks World, Ram is a professional craft cocktail bartender, spirts expert, educator, Tikiphile and sometimes rum judge that is enthusiastic about all things related to drinking well. When not sipping rum and slinging bitters by the pool.

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Tiki Oasis 15: Spotlight on Mixology and Party Symposiums!

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Tiki Oasis 15 “Yesterday’s Future Today”
August 13 – 16, 2015

Thursday Meet and Greet at the Bali Hai
Main Event at Crowne Plaza, San Diego
www.tikioasis.com

Tiki Oasis is a four-day Polynesian Pop lifestyle convention / party which takes place in Southern California each August, and is the only event of its’ kind on the West Coast. Each year Tiki Oasis presents a different theme which explores, celebrates, and preserves mid-century aesthetics via entertainment, fashion, food, drink and education, while showing its’ relevancy in contemporary culture. Tiki Oasis attendees experience four days of mixology, live and dj music sets, educational symposiums, book signings, marketplace shopping, art, burlesque, comedy, vintage cars, fashion, food, kids events, and more!

Each year the event takes on a unique theme. This year’s Tiki Oasis theme is “Yesterdays Future Today”. The Space Age ran parallel to the Modern Primitivism of Tiki Culture. While technology propelled modern man to the moon, the common man celebrated isolated islander cultures that were equally unattainable. Grab your tiki mug and let’s BLAST OFF!!!

Spotlight on Educational Mixology and Party Symposiums!

A full list of Tiki Oasis 15 Symposiums with ticket links can be found here

TO15_Ram UdwinBartending Techniques for the Atomic Age
with Ram Udwin
Sponsored by Cruzan Rum and The Cat Eye Club

Friday August 14th 1:00PM – 2:30PM
Grand Hanalei Ballroom, Crowne Plaza
Attendees: MUST be 21 years and older to attend. Entry included with the Deluxe Cocktail wristband.
Price: $20.00

Home bartenders, space cadets, and cocktail-crazy tikiphiles will all enjoy this interactive symposium that is one part molecular mixology, one part basic science, and all cocktail quaffing fun! Join Ram Udwin of Boy Drinks World as he guides you on a spirited scientific journey that will blast your tiki drink game into outer space with modern techniques and culinary flavors. During the symposium, attendees will enjoy a hands-on learning experience in applying space age techniques to tiki cocktails, with the opportunity to sample a selection of cocktails created in class. Ram Udwin is the founder and creative mind behind Boy Drinks World, maker of fine cocktail bitters, tinctures, and other delightful things.

TO15_richard_fossMyths, Mysteries, and Misconceptions About Rum
with Richard Foss
Sponsored by Ballast Point

Friday August 14th, 3:30PM – 5:00PM
Grand Hanalei Ballroom, Crowne Plaza
Attendees: MUST be 21 years and older to attend. Entry is included with ONLY Cocktail wristbands.
Price: $25.00

Everything about rum is wrong: it wasn’t invented where or when popular histories claim, and the most famous sea chantey about it was invented by a novelist, not a pirate. The truth is more interesting: rum helped spark the American Revolution, was currency in Australia, entered 18th Century medical cabinets as a health tonic, and is still a sacramental offering among voodoo worshippers. Rum made sea voyages bearable in the 1850’s and tikis fashionable in the 1950’s, and it once fueled the economy of half the world.

TO15_Kelly PattersonCountdown To A Spectacular Celebration
with Kelly Patterson from the Velveteen Lounge Kitsch-en
Sponsored by Apocalypto Tequila

Saturday August 15th, 10:00AM – 11:00AM
Grand Hanalei Ballroom, Crowne Plaza
Attendees: Entry is included with BOTH Deluxe Cocktail and Deluxe wristbands.
Price: $15.00

You’re T minus sixty minutes from planning the mid-century space age party of your dreams! From Project Mercury to Teenagers From Outer Space, whether you pilot a swinging bachelor pad or a swank couple’s escape pod, we’ll provide inspiration, recipes and tips that will send your celebrations straight into the Milky Way!

TO15_MartinCate2012Where Did My Rum Come From? with Martin Cate
Sponsored by the Cat Eye Club
and Duncan Taylor Ind. Bottlings

Saturday August 15th, 2:00PM – 3:30PM and 4:00 – 5:30PM
Grand Hanalei Ballroom, Crowne Plaza
Attendees: MUST be 21 years and older to attend. Entry included with the Deluxe Cocktail wristband.
UPDATE: THIS SYMPOSIUM HAS SOLD OUT!

A History of Merchant Bottlers & Private Labels That is Tastier than it Sounds. Explore the history of the rum trade through the fascinating stories of the merchants and brokers who helped bring interesting rums to the taverns of Europe and America. This centuries-old tradition continues to this day with modern brands taking on the role of offering unique and rare rums to consumers, often with unique cask finishes and creative blends. You’ll taste rare rums that illustrate both the role of the merchant bottler as well as the vast diversity of rums that are in the market today. Prepare for a sumptuous and flavorful journey into some of the best rums you’ll ever have!

San Diego Bartenders Tiki Battle at Tiki Oasis
Sponsored by Old Harbor Distilling Co.

Sunday August 16th, 2:00PM – 3:00PM
Peacock Room II, Crowne Plaza
Attendees: MUST be 21 years and older to attend. Entry included with the Deluxe Cocktail wristband.
Price: $15.00

This is your chance to watch a battle for the ages as the best tiki bartenders in San Diego meet to test their skills at Tiki Oasis! This is a space age battle with intergalactic implications as the harrowed inhabitants of Space Station TK-015 test these bartenders to determine which one has the skill and creativity to satisfy the rum hungry space pirates of PewPewPlaatar. The best tiki bartender will save the space station, win the San Diego Tiki Bartender Throwdown and wear our laurels for the coming year. Come for the spectacle and a taste (or three!) of victory

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Rum Cabana / Cigar and Rum Pairing Lounge

Which Cigars Pair Well With Deadhead Rum? Visit the Tiki Oasis Rum Cabana August 15th – 16th and Experience a Guided Tasting to Find Out! Tickets on sale soon…

 

 

TIKI OASIS 15 SPIRIT PARTNERS:
Angostura Rum and Bitters
Channel Islands Rum
Deadhead Rum
Apocalypto Tequila
CruzanShellback
Caribbean Rum
Papa’s Pilar
Pusser’s Rum
Galliano
Ballast Point
The Real McCoy
Forbidden Island
The Golden Tiki
Coco Real
VenTiki
ADVERTISERS
Bali Hai
5 Minutes of Rum
Rob’s Rum Guide/Miami Rum Fest
The Space Needler’s Intergalactic Bar Guide
The Rum Lab/California Rum Festival
Don The Beachcomber

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Tiki Oasis Special Event: Cigar n’ Rum Pairing!


DIG TIKI OASIS the BIGGEST TIKI WEEKENDER on the PLANET!

Tiki Oasis 2014: “Beat-Tiki”
A Gathering of the Urban Beachcomber – Bohemian Underground
Thursday August 14th – Sunday, August 17th – San Diego

TIKI OASIS SPECIAL EVENT… CIGAR n’ RUM PAIRING!
Come join us for a sip and a smoke at the Tiki Oasis Cigar n’ Rum Pairing Lounge. Co-Sponsored by Muneca Cigars, Zacapa Rum, Denizen Rum and Lost Spirits.

Tiki Oasis invites you to a special Cigar and Rum pairing experience in an exclusive cabana lounge setting. You will taste and learn about these premium rums and enjoy hand-selected cigars that pair exceptionally well with these rums.

Limited ticket/seating.


DenizenRum Saturday August 16th

Denizen Rum and Muneca Cigars
Hours: 12:00PM – 2:00PM
Location: Hawaii Bungalow, Crowne Plaza
Price: $75.00

Zacapa Rum and Muneca Cigars
Hours: 3:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: Hawaii Bungalow, Crowne Plaza
Price: $lost-spirits_distillery_logo_275.00

 



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Lost Spirits and Muneca Cigars
Hours: 12:00PM – 2:00PM
Location: Hawaii Bungalow, Crowne Plaza
Price: $75.00

Zacapa Rum and Muneca Cigars
Hours: 3:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: Hawaii Bungalow, Crowne Plaza
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Click Here For More Info and to Purchase Advance Tickets While They Last

Purchase tickets to Tiki Oasis at: www.tikioasis.com

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Tiki Oasis 14 Mixology Symposiums

Beat, Booze and Books! Tiki Oasis 14: “Beat Tiki” Mixology Symposiums
and a Cigar / Rum Pairing Lounge!

Tiki Oasis 14: “Beat-Tiki”  
A Gathering of the Urban Beachcomber – Bohemian Underground
in San Diego, August 14-17, 2014
Thursday August 14 –  Bali Hai Resturant
Friday – Sunday, August 15-17 – The Crown Plaza, Hotel Circle

Dear spirit lovers and writers,

In its’ 14th year, Tiki Oasis is offering over 30 educational Symposiums. Here is a list of the event’s mixology Symposiums,  for cocktail, and beat literature fans alike! If you are a writer and would like to do a post about our Symposiums, speak with or interview Tiki Oasis talent or organizers, need images, recipes, etc, please contact me via the Reverberations Media or Tiki Oasis contact forms.

If you would like to have a look at ALL the symposiums, click here
Check out the list of event spirit sponsors, on the right of the event home page

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To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion with Author Philip Greene
Sponsored by Papa’s Pilar

Ernest Hemingway enthusiast and cocktail connoisseur Philip Greene delves deeper into the author’s drinking habits than ever before, sharing stories around drinks directly connected with the novels, history and folklore, and colorful anecdotes about the man himself. Booksigning to directly follow Philip Greene’s symposium.

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The Bitter Side of Tiki
with Ram Udwin
Sponsored by Ballast Point

Bitters and tinctures aid home and professional bartenders in bringing balance and zest to their cocktails – adding perhaps the perfect final element to a well-crafted tiki libation. In this class, you will get an introduction to cocktail bitters, their history and how they are made. The class will culminate with a discussion on the how and why of using bitters in creating complex and delicious tiki drinks. Ram Udwin is a bitters maker, a booze blogger and a cocktail man, dedicated to the study and better enjoyment of spirited libations attend.

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On the Cheap with Kelly Patterson from the Velveteen Lounge Kitsch-en
Sponsored by Tiki Club Liquors

Cut Down On The High Cost Of Entertaining! In the book “On the Road”, the character Remi is quoted as saying: “You know what President Truman said: We must cut down on the cost of living.” Ok so maybe they did a little bit of the five finger discount to cut down on the costs! This symposium hosted by Kelly Patterson from “Velveteen Lounge Kitsch-en” gives you tips and tricks on how to entertain with flair on the cheap! Recycling, using leftovers, creative use of found items and picking items on sale. Ahem…. just no stealing!

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The Frozen Cocktail
with PKNY’s Richard Boccato
Sponsored by Privateer Rum (note, to accommodate all who wish to attend there will be two Frozen Cocktail symposiums)
Join PKNY’s Richard Boccato for a boozy foray into the once-venerated yet subsequently neglected art of the blended and frozen cocktail. The history surrounding the roles of the Hamilton Beach and the Waring Blender behind the tropically inspired bars of yesteryear will be revealed, and the resurrection of this technology at the modern drinking hole will be regaled. Most importantly, we will discuss the intricacies of balance, temperature, and water content as they pertain to the successful execution of a frosty beverage. Many tasty Tiki treats will be provided for your pleasure, so prepare for the inevitable brain-freeze that will surely ensue! Richard will be joined by his Aussie bartending crew all the way from White Lightning Tiki Bar at Alfred & Constance in Brisbane!
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Join The Rum Revolution!
with Martin Cate

Featuring Angostura No. 1, Denizen Merchant Reserve and Privateer Rums. Co-Sponsored by Lost Spirits, Owney’s, The Real McCoy, Penny Blue and Rhum Clement. (note, to accommodate all who wish to attend there will be two Join the Rum Revolution symposiums)

There’s never been a better time to be a rum lover! Join Smuggler’s Cove owner Martin Cate on a guided tasting of the very latest in brand new rums. Incredible & complex rums are now hitting the market in record numbers, and Martin has personally curated a selection of some of the best from producers both new and established. You’ll participate in a lively discussion and learn how you can help play a part in shaping this exciting and growing segment. I mean, we all love rum, right? RIGHT?! So spend an afternoon with some of the finest new tipples in town!

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Literary Drinks
with Dr. Clint Lanier & Derek Hembree
Sponsored by Ballast Point

Booze writers Derek Hembree and Dr. Clint Lanier are back at Tiki Oasis to guide audiences through the cocktails enjoyed by the Beats. Audiences will explore the favorite drinks of the most notable Beat writers and of the authors who influenced them. Learn the history of the drinks, their ingredients and why they came to gather in such sublime fusions. The presentation includes cocktail mixing demonstrations and samples.

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Cigar n’ Rum Pairing Lounge
Co-Sponsored by Muneca Cigars, Zacapa Rum,
Denizen Rum and Lost Spirits.
Tiki Oasis invites you to a special Rum and Cigar pairing experience in an exclusive cabana lounge setting. You will taste and learn about these premium rums and enjoy hand selected cigars that pair exceptionally well with these rums.

Saturday August 16th
Denizen Rum and Muneca Cigars
Zacapa Rum
Sunday August 17th
Lost Spirits and Muneca Cigars
Zacapa Rum

 There is extremely limited seating for this special event… so please plan to purchase tickets in advance – for more details click here
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