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Charity auction: have drinks with Derek Brown at The Columbia Room

Here's a great chance to help a good cause while having a lot of fun in the process. Derek is an amazing bartender and The Columbia Room experience is truly amazing.


Cocktail connoisseurs in the DC area know that the search for the best-quality beverage ends with Derek Brown, and his bar-within-a-bar watering hole, The Columbia Room. Those that have been itching to slide into one of those coveted seats are in luck, because Brown has partnered with Charitybuzz, the leading destination for online charity auctions, to give one aficionado the chance to take over The Columbia Room with nine friends for a drink date with Derek!

The winning bidder and nine friends will occupy all 10 seats at the swanky spot and watch (and sip) as he works his whiskey wonders on the group’s taste buds, and gives the ultimate lesson in mixology magic. With bidding at just $450 for this intimate experience, this is one drink that bidders cannot refuse! The auction closes this Wednesday, April 18 at

Derek Brown is a writer, illustrator, bartender and owner of acclaimed bars The Passenger and Columbia Room in Washington D.C. He has been hailed by the Wall Street Journal as a “master of mixological science” and his martini was named by GQ magazine as the best in America. In 2010 Brown was listed in Washingtonian magazine as one of the 40 Who Shaped 2010, and the D.C. City Council established his Rickey cocktail as Washington D.C.’s native cocktail. He has been featured in every major news outlet including CNN, MSNBC and FOX. 

Proceeds benefit Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation DC, dedicated to making sure no kid grows up hungry by raising the critical funds needed to end childhood hunger in Washington DC and all over the country.

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Year in Review: Top 5 Cocktail Experiences of 2011

Derek Brown, owner of DC's The Passenger and one of the cocktail world's brightest luminaries, took to the pages of The Atlantic to share his Top 5 Cocktail Experiences of 2011.

Over the course of the year, Derek visited some of the country's (and the world's) best bars in order to sample the cutting edge of mixology. It's a difficult job, but Derek took the hit for us.

Among his favorite drinks he encountered: the Martinez Sour, as prepared by Justin Pike at The Tasting Kitchen in L.A., a Rob Roy, as mixed by Arash Hanjianpour at Candelaria in Paris, and the Cold Hot Chocolate from Craig Schoettler at Aviary in Chicago.

Derek opines that the trend for high-end cocktails shows no signs of abating; if anything, it's now become part of the mainstream. Good news for those of us who love fine spirits. (Even if it makes our livers a little sad.)