Monday, August 31, 2020


Whiskey, Mixologists, and the Pacific Northwest

Hotel Oregon - Mattie's Room

Event goes live at 7 pm

All ages welcome

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Due to COVID and staffing changes, this event has been postponed indefinitely.

About Whiskey, Mixologists, and the Pacific Northwest

Whiskey, Mixologists, and the Pacific Northwest

Presented by Renée Cebula, cocktail historian

American drinking traditions expanded west with the nation and changed along the way. The barkeep deserves a place alongside explorers and farmers in our western pantheon. Hear the stories about how what people drank and who served them changed as America expanded west.

This wide-ranging presentation will cover the rise of American whiskey and westward expansion, early drinking and distilling traditions in the Pacific Northwest, and the first "golden age" of American cocktails. Learn about how the golden age of cocktail culture intersected with the rise of western cities like Seattle, Spokane, and Tacoma. We'll also talk about the many functions of the 19th-century saloon, from workers' ethnic enclaves to gentlemen's retreats, and the controversies that arose around saloon culture.

About the Speaker:

Renée Cebula is a cocktail historian. A history educator for over 20 years, Cebula and her company, Raising the Bar, connects people to history through interactive cocktail-themed classes, writing, and unique shopping experiences. She has a regular column in Artisan Spirit magazine. Click here for more information.

***Photo Courtesy of the Washington State Historical Society

About Hotel Oregon Virtual History Pub

Hotel Oregon Virtual History Pub

McMenamins History is pleased to broadcast live, free virtual programming, accessible to anyone with a Facebook account. We’ll bring you scholars, writers, experiencers, experts and more who will give presentations on Pacific Northwest history. Join us for these scheduled events on the McMenamins History page on Facebook – and don’t forget to stock up on your favorite McMenamins beer, wine, cider and more beforehand!