Aspen Times Weekly: Current Events
In its third outing, the Après Ski Cocktail Classic is moving to Aspen for four days of tastings and seminars celebrating the art of slopeside spirits.
The events, previously headquartered in Snowmass Village, will be based at the Little Nell and gondola plaza, running from March 5 to 8. The base of Aspen Mountain will transform into the Classic’s Grand Tasting Village featuring mixologists and brand representatives.
The Grand Tastings will run from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, with a Private Reserve Tasting Room inside the Nell.
Seminars will run Thursday through Saturday in the Nell and at Justice Snow’s, with demonstrations and talks on Colorado distillers — one dedicated to Woody Creek-born Stanahan’s Colorado Whiskey — Champagne and fondue pairings, hot toddies, and tequila aromatics. Other events include a fireside chat series, pop-up bars, tastings, brunches and dinners.
The festivities culminate with the Great Après Ski Pub Crawl on Sunday, March 8, sending participants to 10 Aspen bars to taste competing cocktails vying for the title of Best Après Cocktail, with seminars at Justice Snow’s and Chef’s Club.
“We truly have something for everyone,” Cocktail Classic co-founder Laura Albers says in a press release.
Pub crawl tickets are $45. Admission for the rest of the action ranges from $85 for a grand tasting to $390 for a VIP pass. A $165 Locals Pass gets you into two grand tastings, the pub crawl and one après party. Tickets and more information at http://www.apresskicc.com.
Carbondale artist Chris Hassig will be spotlighted in a solo show at the Nugget Gallery, showcasing his new “Grass Series.” Hassig, who had a solo show at the gallery on the Hyman mall in 2013, has made intricate, large format pen and ink grassscapes.
The show opens on Thursday, March 5 and the gallery will host a reception with Hassig on Saturday, March 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. More information at http://www.nuggetaspen.com
Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Trevor Wilson has been in the valley this winter, traveling around Colorado and forging songs out of the experience as Justice Snow’s inaugural composer-in-residence. Wilson will give the final live performance of his residency on Sunday, March 8 at the bar and restaurant at 5 p.m.
Wilson’s show is also the final event in Justice Snow’s 20-event Americana Music Series, which has included workshops, songwriter spotlights and performances by the band Hot Eagle. More information at http://www.justicesnows.com
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