TLW Classes

The Last Word's TASTE OF MEXICO - With Giancarlo Aversa
5:00pm 5:00pm

The Last Word's TASTE OF MEXICO - With Giancarlo Aversa

A one night only class featuring tastings and cocktail instruction inspired by Giancarlo's appreciation for Tequila and his visits to the beautiful country of Mexico.

In this class, participants will discover what makes Tequila and how it's produced. In addition to hands on instruction in creating original tequila cocktails, this event will feature unique ingredients and flavors that are custom to Mexico. 

*Light snacks will be offered. Consumption of 1.5-2 cocktail equivalent expected. 


More About Giancarlo Aversa: Giancarlo has been the Principal Bartender at The Last Word Bar since it opened in 2012. As he got his start in the Ann Arbor bar scene in 2000, and has made some amazing stops aloing the way, he was a must-get for ownership in tying together their concept for what has become Ann Arbor's favorite hide out, The Last Word. 

Giancarlo has become a constant face in the World Class Bartending Competition and has represented Greater Detroit at the National Finals on numerous occasions. Aversa continues to be honored by his peers in the industry as has earned plenty of bartending titles not only locally but nationaling including his a recent feature in Beverage Media Group's 15 Bartenders to Watch in the US.

As a classically trained pianist, you can also catch Giancarlo on the keys with "The Pherotones" as they play jazz and pop in addition to their own reditions on classic themes on Thursdays at TLW.  

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5:00pm 5:00pm

The Last Word's - PURE MICHIGAN

In this class, participants will get a chance to explore some of Michigan's finest craft products first hand as they combine them with wonderfully fresh local produce. Hands-on demonstrations will be the highlight while guests use classic recipes made special by the addition of seasonal and local offerings.

*Light Snacks Provided. 1.5-2 drinks equivalent in this 2 hour class.


More About Robyn Cleveland: Originally from Berkeley Ca, Robyn Cleveland spent his early 20’s in Brooklyn, NY where he got his start behind the bar. Upon moving to Ann Arbor, MI in 2008 he founded the Greater Detroit Chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild for which he served as president for 2 years.

He has been featured in numerous local and national publications for both his recipes and ‘customer-service first’ philosophy of bartending. In 2015 He was honored by as one of the top 21 bartenders in America.

Between being a proud husband and father, Robyn continues to create new and exciting ways to experience the art of the drink with strong inspiration coming from classic recipes and traditional methods. While leaning heavily on the seasonal and artisanal, his drink style is simple, straightforward, and fresh with the ingredients acting as the stars.

With a love for travel and interaction with history, he seeks to explore the world one bottle at a time forging new friendships along the way. As an avid student of the beverage world it is of the utmost importance to Robyn to share his knowledge and contribute to the ever-evolving landscape that is the cocktail.

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