4/26/2012 12:37 PM
On Monday, May 7, Bastille welcomes Ben Capdevielle, co-owner and distiller of Captive Spirits Distilling for the first in a series of interactive “Meet the Producer” Happy Hours.
Ballard-based Captive Spirits, proud makers of Big Gin, is a partnership between friends, including long time Bastille employee, Holly Robinson. The Seattle Gin Society sponsored GINvitational took place over theweekend. Big Gin was named “Best NW Gin” and awarded second place overall, behind Martin Miller’s Westbourne Strength London Dry Gin that took first place. Pretty cool!
“We are super excited for Holly and Ben,” says James Lechner, GM of Bastille. “Big Gin is a great product, and we’re stoked to have it behind the bar – people who’ve had it are anxiously anticipating the June 1 public launch date!”
This special happy hour will take place in the front bar area from 4:30pm – 6pm. Barman Erik Carlson will create two special cocktails that featuring Big Gin, one shaken and one stirred for $8 each. Capdevielle will be on hand to talk distilling, Big Gin and anything else that might pop-up.
Chef Jason Stoneburner will be making a Big Gin and Lamplong Peppercorn Mignonette to accompany the$1 Hama Hama oysters. He will also be offing a Big Gin cured Wild King Salmon for $3.
Future “Meet the Producer” Happy Hours will include winemakers, brewers, distillers, and artisans. Each happy hour will showcase specific products and have them available for guests to enjoy. A representative will also be on hand to answer questions and talk about their area of expertise and passion. New producers are being confirmed daily, and the goal is to makes this a weekly event.
Save the Date:
May 14 – Winemaker Anna Shafer of àMaurice Cellars
May 21 – Winemaker Tim Sorenson of Fall Line Winery
June 11 – Steven Stone of Sound Spirits
June 18 – Erik Chapman of Sun Liquor Distillery
July 12 – Special Thursday “Meet the Producers” with Benjamin Jones, owner of Rhum JM and Clement Rhum Agricole
July 16 Dragos Axinte of Novo Fogo
Captive Spirits Distilling began as an idea between Ben Capdevielle and Todd Leabman over four years ago. Through ample research, several experimental batches, and a few broken stills, Big Gin came to life in March 2012. Big Gin is an English dry gin with a pepper edge and a savory botanical build. Beginning June 1, Big Gin will be available to the general public at the Ballard-based Captive Spirits distillery. To learn more, visit www.captivespiritsdistilling.com.