Peeled Academy

Whether you’re a cocktail enthusiast or an aficionado, we’ve got something at Peeled Academy for you. Reserve a seat at Sub Rosa with Dale DeGroff, a workshop where you’ll learn how to make the best damn old fashioned, or a master class where you’ll be taught how to make your own bitters from the pros, just to name a few. The option is yours.

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The History of Cocktails with Dale DeGroff

Hosted by: Dale DeGroff
Date & Time: Saturday August 12 - 2:00PM - 3:30PM
Location: Sub Rosa
Price: $45

Dale DeGroff, a.k.a. King Cocktail, is a defining figure in the art of the cocktail. His book “The Craft of the Cocktail,” published in 2002, is an essential bartending guide. He is the founding president of the Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans. In the late 1980s he rose to prominence in the New York Rockefeller Center's Rainbow Room, where he pioneered a gourmet approach to recreating classic cocktails.

As chief drinkslinger in the heart of one of New York City’s most prestigious bars, his exposure to the weird and wonderful core of Western culture means his stories, experiences and knowledge may be stranger than fiction.

'Battle to the Top' - An Industry-Focused Wellness Seminar by Jack McGarry

Presented in conjunction with: LOT NO. 40 & PEELED
Hosted by: Jack McGarry - Owner of Dead Rabbit NYC
Date & Time: Monday August 7 - 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Location: Native Tongues

Invite Only

Bartending and hospitality isn’t all laughter, mixing and mingling. Staff have a front row seat to every side of the bar and liquor industries, and anyone who has worked those jobs knows it’s not all fun and frivolity. Jack McGarry struggled with substance abuse, depression and anxiety while operating one of the most renowned venues in New York City, The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog, so he is living proof of depression as “hidden in plain sight.”

Learn how he battled the depths of anxiety and mental illness, and carved out a path towards positive, healthy lifestyle choices. Like anything, it’s an eternal struggle, but come to learn how an accomplished peer has found some stability in the crazy world of hospitality.


Bringing the Old Fashioned Home

Presented in conjunction with: WOODFORD RESERVE & PEELED
Hosted by: Jason Wankel
Date & Time: Saturday August 12 - 2:30PM - 3:30PM
Location: Ox Bar de Tapas
Price: $35

If cocktails were people, the Old Fashioned would be the seasoned regular, the one who needs no introduction. Everyone’s known and appreciated the vivacious maturity they bring to the table, the timeless, balanced blend of smooth and spicy. As cocktail fads come and go, they are the old guard, never wavering, ever present to provide class and zip to whichever wise patrons care to sample.

Join Jason Wankel, bartender in residence of Ox Bar de Tapas, to learn the finer points of the perfect Old Fashioned. As we all know, the devil’s in the details.

How to Setup and Stock a Home Bar

Hosted by: Jeff Savage
Date & Time: Saturday, August 12 - 12:30PM - 1:30PM
Location: Pr%f
Price: $35

Equip your home bar like a professional. Jeff Savage, Best Of Calgary’s Best Bartender 2017 and chief cocktail curator at Proof, will enable you to stock, organize, and optimize your home bar setup.

A World of Bitters

Presented in conjunction with: Bittered Sling & Peeled
Hosted by: Jeff Savage
Date & Time: Sunday, August 13 - 12:30 - 1:30
Location: PR%F
Price: $35

Ever wondered what all those little bottles behind your favourite cocktail bar are? Come explore the history, creation, and flavour profiles of these magical ingredients, and learn how to use them in cocktails, non-alcoholic beverages, as well as many different culinary delights.