Posted by: Matt Browner Hamlin | February 3, 2009

DC Bartending Classes

My friend Derek Brown of The Gibson (and other noble cocktailian pursuits) is teaching a series of classes on bartending at Culinaerie. I thought readers might be interested in the opportunity to learn how to bartend from one of the best. Below is Derek’s description of the course:

I’m teaching a new course at Culinaerie on home bartending. It’s a three part series beginning Monday 2/16 and will continue each consecutive Monday on 2/23 and 3/2. This is an abbreviated version of the training I give to professional bartenders. It includes a professional bartending kit and guest appearances from some very talented mixlogists, including Hendricks Brand Champion Charlotte Voisey. The price for the series is $225. (If you think of how much money you’ll save by entertaining at home, is well worth it.)

This is a good Valentines Day gift and, quite literally, the gift that keeps on giving when your S.O. has a new mixology pedigree and can whip up the classic cocktail of your choice. This is a small class with hands on instruction so expect to learn a lot! Click on the links below to sign up.

Class One: Setting The Bar
During this lesson, students will learn how to select bargain spirits for their home bar and tools of the trade. Students will also learn how to squeeze juices, make syrups and master ice.

Class Two: The Classics Never Go Out of Style

During this lesson, students will learn how to make ten classic cocktails, including the Classic Gin Martini and Pisco Sour. Students will also be introduced to fundamental techniques such as shaking, muddling and stirring.

Class Three: Go Forth and Entertain!

During this final lesson, students will learn how to create their own signature cocktail and tips for entertaining guests. After, students will be able to throw parties and bartend for friends while looking like a professional.



  1. Hi Matt,
    I was wondering if I could possibly get Derek’s contact information. This type of class is EXACTLY what I am looking to get a couple people for a gift, but obviously I already missed the deadline for this particular series. Do you know if he provides them throughout the year? Thanks so much!!

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