st patrick's day 2019 - whiskey tasting and flask making

March 17, 2019

classes

On St. Patrick's Day, Sunday March 17th, 2019, the Uphill Designs workshop opened its door at 4pm for the debut of our Flask Making & Whiskey Tasting Class

At the door, guests were politely greeted with an excited sniff by Ragknarr, the blue-eyed shop dog. One of the owners and leather-crafter Dan introduced guests to the Uphill workshop before handing them off to Master Bartender Tommy Patrick for their first whiskey tasting - WL Weller Antique 107 wheated bourbon from Kentucky.

After the first drink and bites from the charcuterie spread., the group descended on the oversized Uphill Designs cutting table. To the question "What brought you here to this class," one answered "I've never tried whiskey before and this seemed like a good time" and another said "a poster was hung at my work and leatherworking looked fun". It was special to create an excuse for people to meet one another and connect. After formal introductions with the workshop cat, Scipio, everyone set out to cut their piece of leather that would eventually, painstakenly be formed throughout the night into a flask wrap. We shaped corners and tooled lettering into the leather, we chose colors and dyed our flasks. A number of people found they could apply a darker color of dye onto a lighter color, creating a beautiful transitional look. When the dying was done it was time to let the leather dry, and that meant more whiskey.

Now that the sharp tools were set aside it was time for a flight of whiskey tastings. The line-up: Michter's 10 Year Bourbon, Jameson Gold Reserve Irish Whiskey, and Whistlepig 10 Year American Rye.

As Tommy poured, professional superhero moonlighting as a photographer Tim Sullivan took in the evening through the lens of his camera.

Tommy filled our ears with tales of the history of each whiskey, the epochs lived through by their distillers, the branding, the nomenclature and labeling. The room was wrapt for half and hour and we could have easily listened to him for twice that long.

As the whiskey trays were cleared we took the final steps to complete our flasks. We punched holes in the leather (always after dying lest the dye bleed through!) and set the snap hardware that would set it firmly around the stainless steel flask provided.

Tastings of Hibiki Harmony Japanese Whisky and Auchentoshan 18 Year Single Malt Scotch were paired with a smoked sea-salt double chocolate torte baked by owner Mallory. The pair of whiskeys went perfectly with the smokey chocolate elegance of the tort.

The evening wrapped up with each student the proud new owner of a handsome and hand-made leather wrapped flask. Ragknarr walked guests to the door by ones and twos when they'd had their fill of cake, charcuterie and conversation.

see more of our upcoming class dates

st patrick's day 2019 - whiskey tasting and flask making

March 17, 2019

classes

On St. Patrick's Day, Sunday March 17th, 2019, the Uphill Designs workshop opened its door at 4pm for the debut of our Flask Making & Whiskey Tasting Class

At the door, guests were politely greeted with an excited sniff by Ragknarr, the blue-eyed shop dog. One of the owners and leather-crafter Dan introduced guests to the Uphill workshop before handing them off to Master Bartender Tommy Patrick for their first whiskey tasting - WL Weller Antique 107 wheated bourbon from Kentucky.

After the first drink and bites from the charcuterie spread., the group descended on the oversized Uphill Designs cutting table. To the question "What brought you here to this class," one answered "I've never tried whiskey before and this seemed like a good time" and another said "a poster was hung at my work and leatherworking looked fun". It was special to create an excuse for people to meet one another and connect. After formal introductions with the workshop cat, Scipio, everyone set out to cut their piece of leather that would eventually, painstakenly be formed throughout the night into a flask wrap. We shaped corners and tooled lettering into the leather, we chose colors and dyed our flasks. A number of people found they could apply a darker color of dye onto a lighter color, creating a beautiful transitional look. When the dying was done it was time to let the leather dry, and that meant more whiskey.

Now that the sharp tools were set aside it was time for a flight of whiskey tastings. The line-up: Michter's 10 Year Bourbon, Jameson Gold Reserve Irish Whiskey, and Whistlepig 10 Year American Rye.

As Tommy poured, professional superhero moonlighting as a photographer Tim Sullivan took in the evening through the lens of his camera.

Tommy filled our ears with tales of the history of each whiskey, the epochs lived through by their distillers, the branding, the nomenclature and labeling. The room was wrapt for half and hour and we could have easily listened to him for twice that long.

As the whiskey trays were cleared we took the final steps to complete our flasks. We punched holes in the leather (always after dying lest the dye bleed through!) and set the snap hardware that would set it firmly around the stainless steel flask provided.

Tastings of Hibiki Harmony Japanese Whisky and Auchentoshan 18 Year Single Malt Scotch were paired with a smoked sea-salt double chocolate torte baked by owner Mallory. The pair of whiskeys went perfectly with the smokey chocolate elegance of the tort.

The evening wrapped up with each student the proud new owner of a handsome and hand-made leather wrapped flask. Ragknarr walked guests to the door by ones and twos when they'd had their fill of cake, charcuterie and conversation.

As the whiskey trays were cleared we took the final steps to complete our flasks. We punched holes in the leather (always after dying lest the dye bleed through!) and set the snap hardware that would set it firmly around the stainless steel flask provided.

Tastings of Hibiki Harmony Japanese Whisky and Auchentoshan 18 Year Single Malt Scotch were paired with a smoked sea-salt double chocolate torte baked by owner Mallory. The pair of whiskeys went perfectly with the smokey chocolate elegance of the tort.

The evening wrapped up with each student the proud new owner of a handsome and hand-made leather wrapped flask. Ragknarr walked guests to the door by ones and twos when they'd had their fill of cake, charcuterie and conversation.

see more of our upcoming class dates