Are you already dreading the onset of winter doldrums? If so, plan to ward off the chill with a taste of upcoming Portland Tiki bar Rhum next month. No, it's not actually hosted at Rhum's underground space at 4 Free Street, but women who buy a $32.64 ticket to the "Ladies' Tiki Rum Tasting" at Bramhall on Tuesday, December 1 will get a tropical alcohol flight plus snacks from Rhum chefs Frank Anderson and Rebecca Ambrosi. (You may even get a lesson in pronunciation from the owners, who have been doing their best to clarify that "Rhum" is pronounced just like "rum.")
The initial portion from 5 to 6 p.m. is for the ladies only but includes entry to a gender-inclusive Tiki party from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Anyone arriving after 6 p.m. will have to pay around $10 to get in, with Tiki drinks available for purchase from the bar.
The event is organized by women's group Portland Spirits Society, for "ladies who love booze — tastings, education, social, fun," according to group founder and Blueberry Files blogger Kate McCarty, who writes that she's "the MOST excited" about this next event (full disclosure: she's also an Eater contributor). Bramhall's owner Mike Fraser is a partner in Rhum along with Jason Loring of Nosh and Slab and builder Nat Towl. Their upcoming bar was burglarized in late September and over $3000 worth of equipment was taken and never recovered. Loring said thankfully insurance covered most of the costs.
Update, 11/19/15: Tickets for the 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. timeframe, open to anyone, are now on sale for $11.54 and include "a libational surprise" from the evening's "Tiki Only Cocktail List." The Eventbrite description also notes that bitters maker Owl and Whale is "tiki-ing with us too!"