The Ride to Tales consists of six of the world’s best bartenders, aka the Wandering Spirits, heading out on an epic road trip through the South en route to New Orleans. It’s a travel narrative, a motorcycle ride through the deep south with world-renowned bar tenders in tow including Woody Creek Distillers National Brand Ambassador Sean Kenyon. Originating in Denver, with stops in Santa Fe and Austin, culminating in New Orleans, they are sure to cultivate tales to tell for years to come on their journey.
With sights set on their final destination, Tales of the Cocktail, the premiere cocktail festival in the world, these road warriors prepare for the ultimate trip!
Come join us as we send off the Wandering Spirits on the eve of their Ride to Tales. There will be Woody Creek Cocktails, beer, food and great music and even better personalities. The following morning, on July 14th, the Wandering Spirits will leave Denver for a five-day journey towards Tales of the Cocktail in the Crescent City.
Once the Wandering Spirits arrive in New Orleans, the Woody Creek team will join them and everyone in New Orleans for the Tales of the Cocktail! Below is a schedule of events featuring the Wandering Spirits’ ride as well as Woody Creek Distillers’ events at TOTC.
Wednesday, July 13
Kickoff party at Occidental in Denver 7-11 p.m. 1950 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Thursday, July 14
Party at Secreto Lounge in the St. Francis Hotel in Santa Fe and hosted by mixologist Chris Milligan.
Saturday, July 16
Party at ½ Step in Austin, TX.
Monday, July 18
Wandering Spirits arrive to New Orleans!
Tuesday, July 19
10 a.m. First Sip: So Good When It Hits Your Lips! Your first sip at the 14th Annual Tales of the Cocktail should be sensational, so be sure to plan your registration hours to coincide with a refreshing Hibiscus Collins Woody Creek Gin Cocktail created on site by 2014 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award Winning Best Bartender and owner of Williams & Graham, Sean Kenyon. Stop by and sample thorough our portfolio of hand crafted, batch distilled, #returnofreal spirits! Presented by Keith Hemeon and Sean Kenyon.
Thursday, July 21
10:30 a.m. Cream of the ‘Craft’ Crop.The Liquid Projects returns to TOTC with the American Distilling Institute to bring you the finest in American artisan distilling. Guests will be afforded the opportunity to meet with master distillers from coast to coast, discuss all matters of process and progress and of course sample these fine spirits in the loveliest room-with-a-view of the Hotel Monteleone, the Vieux Carre!
Friday, July 22
10:30 a.m. A Tale of Two Stills: Building A Brand presented by Woody Creek Distillers, With the explosion of local distilling in nearly every market in North America, how do you sort through the scores of labels and determine what brand to back? Understanding the process of crafting, creating and cultivating a product that is true to its brand message is no simple feat. Join us for a panel discussion, moderated by Andy Seymour, on the art of distilling, marketing what matters, and how to get on board with a bottle on your back bar. ***JUST ANNOUNCED: SPECIAL GUEST CARDSTACKER SCOTT DYER WILL BE BUILDING A LIVE DISPLAY DURING OUR EVENT***
Check out the entire Tales of the Cocktail schedule online here. Follow the Wandering Spirits ride via social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.