ABV, ICU’s new wine tasting, real ale and cocktail society, has confirmed that it’s launch party will take place on 22nd January.
An RCS club, ABV was the concept of its new chair, Vicki Simmonds. It was originally intended to cater only for cocktail lovers, but a little research showed that the Wine Tasting Society was reeling from a drastic budget cut and the Real Ale Society had died altogether. It seemed a pity to see these clubs disappear, so after a bit of discussion and a lot of paperwork, they were all merged into one society and ABV was born.
Vicki was asked about the name ABV – surely this stands for Alcohol By Volume? Doesn’t that just make this into one big drinking club? Not at all, apparently. “The idea is to introduce people to new drinks that they haven’t tried before and to appreciate new tastes. We want to try and get people to be a bit more adventurous when they go to a bar. Instead of ordering run-of-the-mill vodka or bog-standard lager, we want to try and get people thinking ‘Actually, I haven’t tried that ale before’ or ‘That’s a new spirit. Let’s have that’.” So where does the name ABV come from? “Anything But Vodka,” she replied.
The ABV Launch Party is in dB’s, from 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday 22nd January.