To understand anything, you need historical context -- for instance, Wilt Chamberlain's scoring records might seem staggering today, but hey, it was the '60s. Even Tommy Heinsohn slept with, like, 4000 chicks. Providing context for your boozing: Tipsy Tech.
Led by The Tipsy Texan (who's also president of Austin's USBG chapter) and ATX's top-dog female mixologist, Tech's an intensive 11-week course, centered around 2hr Twin Liquors classes focused
on how much Torii Hunter had to drink to get over having a girl's name not just on making cocktails, but also on their origins, and the evolution of the spirits involved. To obtain the knowledge he'll soon relay to you, Mr. Tipsy traveled extensively to various heartlands of booze, including:
Bourbon Country: In Kentucky, TT explored the timeline of America's preferences from Prohibition-mandated, lighter Canadian versions, to today's full-flavored hooch, for which apparently we have Maker's to thank. He also hit Buffalo Trace's warehouse to learn the effects of minute barreling details, like what parts of the tree were used, and why do Bavarians use the barrels to make joints?
South of the Border: The Mexico trip included sit-downs with the Tequila Regulatory Council and Chamber of Commerce (so, bureaucra-seeing double), as well as visits to the La Altena family distillery (El Tesoro) and their under-construction off-shoot that will modernize their artisan techniques.
The Land of Absinthe: A trek through France led to sipping extreme rarities (home brews made of wild wormwood, 100yr vintages) and seeing the inner workings of the Tenneyson distillery, constructed by the guy who literally wrote the Absinthe Encyclopedia, a book sold door-to-floor.
In addition to classroom discussion (and plenty of tastings), there'll also be a field trip to the Treaty Oak distillery, named for a tree whose history draws a stark contradiction with yours: it survived getting poisoned, while you apparently live for it.