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TipsyTech is an informal series of classes that seeks to revive and strengthen our collective knowledge of cocktail history and individual spirits while encouraging new ideas in cocktail culture.

When I started the course, I thought I was a fan of wine. Nope, wrong. Turns out what I really like is good booze, and I haven’t bought a bottle of wine since.

– Matt Wright, Tipsy Tech Alumnus

Note: This is not a bartending school, a trade school, nor any other kind of accredited or licensed educational institute. This is a series of informal community-based cocktail discussions led by industry personalities for avocational purposes. We do not purport to represent any trade organization or industry standard, nor do we offer any type of approved industry training or certification.

2010 Critic’s choice award for “Best Tippler Teach-In” in the Austin Chronicle’s Best of Austin Poll.

Tuesday April 22nd, 2014 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Join us as a panel of local whiskey experts leads you in a discussion of (and a little friendly debate over) the Scotch whisky category. We’ll also touch on Irish and Japanese whiskey.

Topics Covered

  • Styles, origins, history
  • Guided tasting by a panel of experts


Posted by admin on February 19, 2014

Tuesday April 29th, 2014 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Texans have a love affair with tequila, and we’re some of the most enthusiastic tequila drinkers in the world – but do you really know your juice? From the hills of Jalisco to your local cocktail bar, we’ll discuss how tequila travels from agave to glass. We’ll also spend ample time discussing tequila’s primordial forbear, the heady agave spirit mescal.

Topics Covered

  • History of agave spirits
  • The Margarita—the Official Drink of Texas and how to make it
  • Sip It, Don’t Shoot It: the resurgence of artisanal mezcal
  • Sustainability issues in agave spirits distillation
  • Classic cocktail demonstration: Margarita, Paloma
  • Modern cocktail demonstration: The Brave (Anvil, Houston)
  • Special guest: John Garrett (Virtuoso Selections), Alba Huerta (The Pastry War, Houston)


Posted by admin on February 19, 2014

Tuesday May 6th, 2014 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

In this class, we’ll cover the history of vodka, including how it came from virtual obscurity in 1950s to being the most consumed spirit within just a few short decades. We’ll discuss how vodka’s rise coincides with emergence of home bartender, as well as taste vodkas side by side to learn the subtle nuances of each type.

Gin is the foundation for many of the greater classic American cocktails and has experienced a resurgence in recent years. We’ll cover the category’s expansion from staid London Dry to modern interpretations of this noble spirit.


Topics Covered

  • Styles, origins, history
  • Rise of “local” gin
  • Cocktail demonstration
  • Special Guest: TBA
Posted by admin on February 19, 2014