ROCKLAND—Glacier Ice Bar, now into its second weekend for January 24 to 26, is the definition of dog-friendly.
This year’s theme took inspiration from its premier sponsor Tito’s Vodka, to focus on and celebrate dogs.
Tito Beveridge, born and raised in San Antonio, moved to Austin when he got tired of working for a drilling company. With degrees in geology and geophysics, Tito still pursued the day job in 1992 while handmaking flavored vodka as gifts for friends. He then obtained the first legal permit to distill in Texas and created Tito’s Handmade Vodka, batch distilling a corn-based vodka using old-fashioned pot stills.
In the company’s video, stray dogs would come up to the distillery and employees would feed them, with many of the employees adopting them afterward. Since then, Tito’s side campaign “Vodka for Dog People” has paired up with 800 animal-related partnerships, events and campaigns every year.
And a couple from New Hampshire who submitted a photo of their dog “Teddy” won the competition to have his likeness carved in ice for this special weekend.
“We’ll be doing a St. Bernard mocktail, which is a warm drink with apple cider, where all of the proceeds for that will go to Pope Memorial,” said master carver and Samoset Resort Chef Tim Pierce. “We’re also going to try and do some fun stuff, including an old 1939 delivery truck, which we’ll be using as a beer bar, an extra element to this event.”
The event goes from 5 p.m. until closing and is free to the public.
If you don’t catch GLACIER this weekend, the ice crew is taking the Ice Bar on the road to Sagamore Resort in Lake George for next two weekends, and then back to Maine at Timber Kitchen and Bar in Bangor for the first two weekends in February.
Find out where else the ice is nice in our article: Cheap Dates: You be chillin’ at these ice bars in January-February
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