Aquavit Week North America

The sixth annual Aquavit Week, the week-long celebration of the signature spirit of the Nordics, returns for 2017 from December 3rd to 9th. This year’s Aquavit Week will conduct three events in Portland, three around the country, and a week-long “Snaps & Taps” beer pairing adventure. Bars from all over are invited to join the celebration by offering aquavit drinks throughout the week. Bars can sign up here and will be listed here. This year’s featured events include:

Aquavit Week Opening Party (Portland, Dec. 3) – Join us at Broder Nord to experience Portland’s largest selection of aquavit. This ticketed event will feature more than a dozen different aquavits, aquavit cocktails, light Scandinavian fare, and a true Nordic toast with visiting aquavit producers. Come say “Skal!” with us! Tickets $30 per person, with a portion of proceeds going to support IRCO. Call (503) 282-5555 to reserve tickets. Additional tickets may be available at the door. 6:00-9:00 pm.

Snaps & Taps (Portland, Dec. 3-9) – Sample aquavit paired with special beers and ciders from some of Portland’s finest brewers at Portland’s best bars. Look for beers from Breakside Brewing, Upright Brewing, Wayfinder Beer, Culmination Brewing, Stickmen Brewing, and a special cider release from Reverend Nat’s. Check here for details on where to find these brews and pairings.

Meet Your Maker (Portland, Dec. 5) – In this installment of the Multnomah Whiskey Library’s Meet Your Maker series, the Library is honored to welcome Lars Kragelund of Arcus, the world’s largest producer of aquavit. Lars has garnered his expertise as a blender and distiller with Arcus, helping to produce their widely known Aalborg and Linie lines of aquavit. Lars will be here to share his expertise as well as discuss the traditions of Norwegian and Danish aquavits. Along with the delicious spirits, light bites will be provided by Chef Ben Grossman and the kitchen. Tickets will be released on November 7th and space is extremely limited. Please visit for tickets and further information.

Aquavit Distillers’ Happy Hour (Minneapolis, Dec. 6) Minneapolis is one of America’s best cities for aquavit. Come meet the producers behind local brands of aquavit as those from Norway and Denmark. Eat Street Social will offer a special cocktail menu for the evening featuring aquavit cocktails from all the producers. 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm.

Nordic Cocktail Night (Chicago, Dec. 7)Aquavit Week returns to Sportsman’s Club to take over the cocktail menu for one night only in Chicago. Four different local and international aquavits will feature in four different cocktails from the Sportsman’s Club bartenders, and all four spirits will be available to sip neat as well. 5:00 pm to 2:00 am.

Literary Cocktails (Washington, DC, Dec. 7 and 8) –Bartender Chantal Tseng continues her weekly series of literary cocktails with a menu inspired by the works of Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. Join her in the Reading Room at Petworth Citizen for this aquavit-centric menu of creative cocktails. 7:00 pm to 12:00 am.

Aquavit Week Post-Party (Dec. 10) – Toast the ending of the biggest Aquavit Week ever at the internationally inspired Expatriate, featuring aquavit cocktails from some of Portland’s most creative bartenders. 9:00 pm – 12:00 am.