69 Colebrooke Row is throwing January calorie caution to the wind to host a beer-based cocktail masterclass. For those troubled with fearful visions of a pale ale Pina Colada or a shandy Martini, fear not, you're in safe hands. After all, the bijou Islington hang-out has been named top 10 bars in the world—and even Heston Blumenthal enjoys a tipple there when he's not tinkering with his chemistry set.
The beer cocktail masterclass is hosted by bartender Tony Conigliaro (he's kind of a big deal in the kingdom of alcohol). The former International Bartender of the Year has a rep as a bona-fide drinks pioneer and molecular mixologist, and the bar even includes a bespoke laboratory where couture concoctions are apparently created using smoke guns, centrifuges and water baths. This will hopefully ease any concerns that a beer-based cocktail masterclass means perfecting the turbo shandy and other dodgy lager concoctions reserved for student union bars.
In fact, according to Tony, beer-based cocktails are the next big thing in the world of mixology. During the class, he'll show you how to create (and sample) cocktails mixed with a wide variety of beers including local stouts, light beers from Germany, and stronger pale ales from around the UK. Intrigued? Don't worry, you can always do dry January next year...