When a Boston distillery is born and bottles based on a legend of a guy that came to fisticuffs with a building fire – and won – you know it's ripe for a party. So it went this Wednesday night, as Boston Elites flooded GrandTen Distilling in Southie for a night of rock carving, food trucking, spirit tasting outrageousness. It's the Earth, Wind & Firepuncher Elite Event!
Guests walked in to the non-descript distillery, being instantly gobsmacked by a full bar pouring house-powered craft cocktails. From the smokey Firepuncher vodka-fueled Ripe With Spice (a black currant and cherry vanilla bitters beauty, sweet with heat) to a Wire Works Gin and pear palate-pleasing Garden Grove, the bespoke drinks featured GrandTen's entire line of spirits and liqueuers. Craneberry and Amandine, anyone? The tasting table buzzed with purists.
To fill bellies (and provide the Wind by way of blowfish), the Fugu Truck slung Asian style street food to the masses, with paper pouched delights like grilled rice cakes with ground pork and sweet pepper paste, BBQ bulgogi & kimchi paninis and pork belly bao. Topped off with a fruit and housewhipped-laden poundcake, and we's full. For snacking on the go, guests muched on Pretzel Crisps while touring the distillery and learning from GrandTen staff how the magic's made.
Sipping and face-stuffing aside, Scott Cahaly live demoed his "super bitchin' artsy endorphin-releasing testosterone-juicin' stone carving" mastery to Hannah R and others, taking a chunk of alabaster from boxy to foxy and shaping a fine Yelp burst. DJ Aké spun the hits, maybe a little too well? Emily G insists, "This event was so good, it killed one of the guys from Kris Kross." RIP Mac Daddy.
In the end, Tatsu captured the magic here and here (tag furiously!), the five-star reviews are being hammered out, Talk is buzzin' and each Elite is now richer one spankin' new pair of Yelp socks. Good news to Andrew R: "My feet were getting jealous of all the attention my eyes, head, lips, hands, wrists, et al were getting from all the Yelp gear. Finally, they've been appeased!"
Damien S (with Yelptern Nisreen G and Lizzy B)