Interesting events coming up in the world of drinking. The Aviary continues to be a draw for impressive visitors, and the next will be Mikkel Bjergsø of Copenhagen’s Mikkeller “phantom” brewery. What’s a phantom brewery? It’s a guy or two who turns up at other breweries and collaborates on interesting one-of-a-kind beers, which can be very hard to get hold of. (Mikkeller has their own bar, at least, which is your best bet in Copenhagen.) Bjergsoe will be at The Aviary on June 20th, serving rare beers and talking about his work while you nosh on Aviary bites; tickets are $90, email your interest to Mikkeller@theaviary.com.
• Top Chef contestant Grayson Schmitz, who recently announced plans to settle in Chicago and open some kind of cool food space in Wicker Park, will do her first event here Thursday May 24 with 5 Rabbit brewery at Logan Square Kitchen (which can probably tell her a few things about opening an unconventional food space in this city). It’s called “Cooking With Grayson” and you will, indeed, take part in cooking three courses. Seating is very limited for this $125 event; go here to buy your ticket.
• Want to learn how to make a caipirinha, the favorite drink of Brazil? Leblon Cachaça will host a mixology class at Texas de Brazil on Thursday May 24, showing you how to mix and match caipirinha spirits and flavors. $35 gets you two cocktails and other samples along the way, plus hors d’oeuvres; call 312-670-1006 to reserve your spot.