If you like consuming alcohol under the guise of charity, have we got a line-up for you: Yellow Rose Distilling is hosting a weekly cocktail series beginning tonight in which each Thursday evening sees a new bartender shaking a signature Yellow Rose cocktail, with proceeds from the sale of the cocktails going to a different local charity every week.

Thur Mix a Lot
Each Thursday thru May 28
4 to 7 p.m.
$7
Yellow Rose Distilling
1224 N. Post Oak Rd.
yellowrosedistilling.com

In addition to contributing to truly excellent non-profits around town, the Thur Mix a Lot weekly series is also an opportunity familiarize yourself with some of the city's best bartenders, as well as a chance to explore Yellow Rose's in-town distillery—the only one in Houston. When it first opened in 2012, Yellow Rose was the first legal bourbon distillery in greater Houston, emphasis on greater; the distillery was nearly in Tomball, located in an un-air-conditioned warehouse that recalled the early days of Saint Arnold. Co-owner Ryan Baird and master distiller Troy Smith moved their operation into the city limits proper in July 2013, hosting a grand re-opening of the new facility at 1224 N. Post Oak Rd. in September of that year.

Unlike many distilleries that have popped up nationwide, each riding the wave of the latest whiskey boom, Yellow Rose stands out from the pack by actually making its own whiskey and bourbon from scratch (in case you hadn't heard, most new "craft" distilleries don't). Thur Mix a Lot presents the opportunity to sample Yellow Rose's products in their unadulterated form: tickets for each weekly cocktail event are $7, which includes a tour of the distillery as well as five pours of whiskey or bourbon. (Here's where you start planning for a designated driver or an Uber home.) The featured cocktail of the night plus any additional cocktails are $6 each.

Tonight's bartender will be James Watkins, the beverage director of the Cordúa Group and recent recipient of the Somms Under Fire Champion title for 2015. The weekly series will run through May 28, at which point proceeds will be split between eight area charities—the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Bayou Buddies, the Houston Zoo, Preservation Houston, Candlelighers, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Dress for Success and Lucky Dog Rescue—and one of the eight participating bartenders will have their Yellow Rose cocktail chosen as the best of the series.

Upcoming bartenders and dates include:

  • April 9: Michael McMullin of Boheme
  • April 16: Akiko Dulaney of Sanctuari Bar
  • April 23: Kimberly Paul of Etoile Cuisine et Bar
  • April 30: Larry Bates of Grazia Italian Kitchen
  • May 7: Peter Clifton of Radio Milano
  • May 14: Faith Guajardo of Canyon Creek Bar & Grill
  • May 21: Rachel Hitteman of Onion Creek Bar & Lounge
  • May 28: Final juried competition

 

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