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Spirits, Chocolate & Cheese tour 

When: Thursday, Nov. 2, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Tour begins across from Margaritas, at 14 Warren St., Concord, and continues through several restaurants in downtown Concord
Cost: $38 per person
Visit: tourotb.com




Into the spirit
New walking tour explores spirit pairings in Concord

10/26/17
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 A new walking tour in Concord will guide you toward some of the Capital City’s best spirits, cheeses and chocolates and offer history lessons, tastings and more.

The first of its kind, the two-hour tour will be held in Concord on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 6:30 p.m. and will be led by Tammy Downing, tour director and owner of the Manchester-based Out of the Box Tours.
“It used to be a wine, chocolate and cheese tour that I would do … [but] I switched it to spirits because some of the places that I go are not necessarily known for their wine, but for making some fantastic drinks,” Downing said. 
Downing said as with most of her tours that begin in Concord, this one will start at the south entrance of the Durgin Block parking garage, directly across the street from Margaritas. All of the restaurants that are participating in the tour are part of a walkable route, some of which have worked with Out of the Box Tours in the past, according to Downing, like True Brew Barista & Cafe, Concord Craft Brewing and Downtown Cheers Grille & Bar.
But you never know what businesses you may encounter; while Downing has established relationships with several businesses over the years for different types of tours, newcomers are always jumping on the bandwagon.
“Sometimes it’s a matter of just going in and asking a manager, and nine times out of 10 they’ll be on board,” she said, “but some of the establishments have reached out to me and said, ‘Hey, I want to be a part of this.”
Other businesses that are in negotiations to be a part of the Spirits, Chocolate & Cheese tour are the Concord Food Co-Op and The Crazy Goat.
“Different places will do different things when we visit,” Downing said. “A lot of times, I’ll just tell them the theme when we get in contact and they run with it. They look forward to the challenge. I know that Concord Craft Brewing likes to give a history of the building … and they’ll usually have a flight of three for guests. … Most will talk about [spirit] and cheese or chocolate pairing, and some will have samples to taste.”
Downing said all you need to bring on the tour are a comfortable pair of walking shoes and a camera if you choose to do so. Most tours are held rain or shine, and registration is available up until the day before.





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