If you enjoyed Bissinger’s, Bourbon + BBQ, you won’t want to miss its brand new sister event, Tapas + Tequila. Fine-tune your tequila taste buds with 100-plus tastings while filling up on various chef-paired tapas along the way from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Lumen in Downtown West.

“Everyone has had that bad experience with tequila many years ago, but Codigo 1530 is a ultra-premium tequila that will completely change your mind about what you thought tequila was,” says Karissa Willard, a Codigo representative. “The tequila category is on fire, and premium tequila is what’s driving it. I promise you will walk away with a different view of this agave spirit.”

The offerings will include a combination of familiar options as well as craft tequilas and mezcals. There will be a variety of expressions, including blanco, reposado and anejo, as well as other unique flavored premium tequilas, plus a signature Codigo cocktail.

Código 1530 stands out among other tequilas for a multitude of reasons, according to Willard. It’s 100% agave with no additives, flavors, sweeteners or colors; it is bottled at its origin at a family-owned and -operated distillery for five generations; it is aged in French white oak Napa cabernet wine barrels, as opposed to bourbon or whiskey barrels; and it’s the only tequila brand to have a rosa tequila, which all VIP guests will get to take home a bottle.

And to keep all that tequila from hitting you too fast, there will be a variety of Spanish-inspired small plates including familiar flavors but with locally grown produce and farm-raised meats. 

“23 City Blocks Catering is passionate about utilizing seasonal and local flavors as much as possible to create from-scratch and handmade bites,” Willard says. “These delicious bites will be expertly paired with over 100 tequilas.”

There will also be live music from LustreLights.

“The LustreLights are an upbeat, versatile band that brings events to life,” she says. “From classical to jazz to pop/rock, their years of experience and contemporary style will ensure they will be the talk of the town.”

General admission includes a tasting glass and passport, a three-hour premium open bar, a signature tequila cocktail and a photo booth with take-home prints.

VIP tickets include all the above plus early entry at 12:30 p.m., Himalayan salt glasses to take home, 23 City Blocks branded Código tequila bottle, one hour early access to the event, “rolly” guacamole made tableside 30 minutes prior to the event and a private mixologist experience, where you will be taught how to drink and enjoy ultra-premium tequila.

“It is not just an ingredient for a margarita or a shot with salt and limes – there is much more,” Willard explains.

Designated driver tickets include all you can eat and the experience minus the booze. Tickets are available online.

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