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History Happy Hour! The History of Moonshine (and moonshine workshop)

Friday, September 21, 2018 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Seating is limited to 40 people

Distilling specialist Angel Rivera will talk about the history of pitorro, including why the spirit is also known as lagrima de montaña – tears of the mountain, while guests sample a flight. Three tastings of several fruit-flavored varieties are included.  This program will be followed by a one-of-a-kind moonshine workshop!

Puerto Rican moonshine rum, a distilled spirit made from sugarcane molasses, is an integral part of the island’s culture. Often much stronger than commercially produced rum and made in hidden distilleries, “pitorro” is traditionally buried in jugs in the ground and flavored with fruits such as raisins, dates, oranges, or pineapple.

Rivera of Cultura Plenera, an organization dedicated to increasing awareness of Puerto Rican culture and performing arts, will present the history and stories of the “true” Puerto Rican rum, while guests sample a flight of traditional pitorro. Learn about Rivera’s new family business, Puerto Rico Distillery, which will be located in Howard County, and will feature classes and other community outreach events. The lecture portion of the evening includes tastings of three different kinds of pitorro in traditional and tropical flavors.

Want to learn even more?  Moonshine Workshop (following the presentation):

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind workshop on how to flavor pitorro – and take home your own 750ml bottle! With its rich tradition of personalized recipes, participants will learn to mix the coconut, almond, or coffee flavorings that give pitorro a smooth texture and delicious taste.  Let Angel Rivera teach you these artisanal techniques.  All participants will go home your own bottle of pitorro flavored to your personal taste.

History Happy Hours are generously sponsored by Therrien Waddell Construction Group.


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