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The Windmill Lounge Hosting Amaro School Tonight -- Best Class You'll Ever Take

Tonight, local barkeep Chris Furtado, former president of the North Texas chapter of Bartender's Guild, is holding a little clinic at the coolest dive in town (this is a verified fact), The Windmill Lounge. Furtado will explain the meaning and importance of the Italian liquor amaro, and specifically how it can enhance the value of our lives.

See also: Where and How to Drink Fernet in Dallas

There are lots of different types and styles of amaros, the most popular brand being Fernet. The rather strong drink was originally created as a digestion tool and is commonly an after-dinner digestif. But what if dinner is drinking? See, that's the kind of question you need to put in your pocket and take to the Windmill tonight.

The Windmill has always carried a selection at the bar, and co-owner Charlie Papaceno is ready to unveil the mystique behind the bottles. "Customers have always asked me about them and I just want an opportunity to explain them better," explained Papaceno. So, with the help of Furtado, tonight will forever be known as the night of Amaro Enlightenment at the Windmill.

There's no RSVP or line to get in. Just show up. Class starts at 7:30 p.m.

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Lauren Drewes Daniels is the Dallas Observer's food editor. She started writing about local restaurants, chefs, beer and kouign-amanns in 2011. She's driven through two dirt devils and is certain they were both some type of cosmic force.