Boston Weekend Planner: January 10-12
Friday. Beer cocktails: proof that you can have the best of both worlds. But they have to be done right, and newly launched Boston brew Lambise aims to ensure that they will be. The carefully calibrated blend of Belgian ale and lambic (a tart, dry traditional style of Belgian beer) was designed specifically for mixing to make beer cocktails. And tonight, January 10, Chinatown gem Shojo (a newish bar nerd fave) is hosting two seatings (8 PM and 10 PM) of a small plates and dumplings served dim sum style, with Lambise-made cocktails prepared tableside. (You can also order from the regular menu.) Call ahead to reserve, and to find out if Lambise has indeed perfected the art of the beer cocktail pour: 617-423-7888.
Saturday. It's freezing out there, so there's no better time to warm up with a Fireside Chat; that's the name of the themed wine, spirit, and beer tasting and education series that Brookline American The Fireplace hosts two to three times per month. On Saturday, January 11, curl up with a three-course tasting paired with four selections of bourbon and rye, discover what makes them special, and keep the bitter weather at bay for a little while. The chat runs from 3-4:15 PM and the cost is $30. For a list of upcoming focuses, head here.
Sunday. Learn from the best at Rialto on Sunday, January 12, with An In-Depth Look at Braising, a cooking class with chef Jody Adams. Starting at 11 AM you'll sip coffee and munch on scones before taking part in hands-on instruction on braising technique alongside one of the city's best chefs. After the educational portion of the event, kick back and enjoy the real master's multi-course lunch with paired wines. You'll also go home with recipes and study materials. To reserve a spot ($125), call ahead: 617-234-8025.