In just over a week I’m headed to San Francisco to attend a whisk(e)y-lover’s dream event, WhiskyFest.
How could you not want to go to something called “WhiskyFest”? And if the name alone isn’t enough to bring you running, consider this: the pouring list offers more than 200 different types of whisk(e)y, from Aberlour and Ardbeg to Van Winkle and Woodford Reserve (and if you need a break from whiskey, there’s also Martin Miller’s Gin and Appleton Estate rums, among other diversions). Add to that a speaker’s list that includes Parker Beam from Heaven Hill, Fred Noe from Jim Beam, Ian Millar from Glenfiddich and John Campbell from Laphroaig, and you’ve got a pretty full evening.
That’s right — it’s one night only, on Tuesday, October 23. Presented by the good folks at Malt Advocate, WhiskyFest is pretty well established in New York and Chicago, but this year marks the debut of the event on the West Coast. If you’re going to be anywhere near the Bay Area next Tuesday, be sure to check this out — it takes place at the Hyatt Regency at Embarcadero Center, and tickets are available online.
I’ll be trying to take in everything on Tuesday night, but I’ve also worked a little personal time into the program, for visiting a few bars and stocking up on supplies at the local liquor boutiques. If you’re in town on Monday or Tuesday, you may bump into me at Alembic, Cantina or Bourbon & Branch, or any of the other places I’ve been yearning to try. I’m pretty easy to spot — I’ll be the guy sponging a drink off you while obsessing about the kind of rye the bartender is using. And you thought I was just pretending to be a geek…..