Thursday, January 11, 2024

Funky Picnic launches Dry Bar Pop-Up, a mocktail experience

Mocktail offerings in The Back Room at Funky Picnic: I Know That She's Pretty (top left), Mule Love This Too (top right), Mochaccino Martini (bottom).

Over the last couple of years, it's been noted how breweries have begun to offer alternative drinks and experiences as a way to expand their customer bases. Following through on this approach seems particularly important in light of Dry January and the growing demand for alcohol-free alternatives.

As such, The Back Room at Funky Picnic Brewery & Café has launched its Dry Bar Pop-Up, bringing a refreshing twist to the world of mocktails and sober lifestyles. The Dry Bar Pop-Up will kick off this weekend, January 11-13 from 5-9 pm, and will continue to enchant guests with celebrations of liquor-free flavor on select dates throughout the month.

At the heart of the Dry Bar experience is the innovative Build-Your-Own Mocktail Bar, where patrons collaborate with skilled bartenders to craft customized drinks. From selecting glassware to choosing syrups, garnishes and more, the Build-Your-Own Mocktail Bar offers a unique and interactive journey into the art of mocktail mixology.

Funky Picnic’s Dry Bar Pop-Up also features an array of signature mocktails, including year-round favorites like Resolution Solution, a tantalizing blend of hibiscus, ginger, lemon, lime, Topo Chico, and tajin. Other standouts include I Know That She's Pretty (pink lavender syrup, lemon juice, angostura bitters & soda water), Mule Love This Too (apple butter, lime juice, ginger beer), and the Mochaccino Martini, a sober twist on the classic espresso martini.

"We are thrilled to introduce the Dry Bar Pop-Up to our community," says Samantha Glenn, co-owner of Funky Picnic. "With the rising interest in mindful drinking and Dry January, we wanted to create a space where individuals can savor exceptional mocktails and celebrate their commitment to a sober lifestyle."

While some of the signature mocktails are year-round staples available on the Funky Picnic menu, the full list of Signature Mocktails and the Build-Your-Own Mocktail Bar will only be available during select dates in January in Funky Picnic’s private event space, The Back Room (check the brewpub's website for details). Funky Picnic’s full food, beer, and cocktail menus will also be available, making it a perfect date night to keep resolutions going strong.

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