Upcoming: West of West Wine Festival in Sebastapol, California

west of westThe often rough and difficult weather and terrain of the Sonoma Coast may make it inhospitable to travelers, but it’s also responsible for some of the best wines being made in California today. Now this region is getting its own wine festival, “West of West,” which spans three days next month, August 2 to August 4, in Sebastapol, California.

You’ll find dinners and seminars a plenty at the event, but the centerpiece is two days of grand tasting events, where 40 wineries from the region — including some of the top dogs in all of California — will be pouring their stuff.

Tickets are now available for the various events. Purchase passes and get all the information on the big weekend here!

Upcoming: California Beer Festival – Marin County, June 29, 2013

CBF_Main_LogoIt’s summertime, and we’ve been covering a lot of California-brewed beer lately here at Drinkhacker. If you’ve wondered where you can score some of these more obscure brews, well, here’s your chance! At the upcoming California Beer Festival, Marin County.

We’ll let the CBF tell you the rest of the story:

With more than 70 different craft brews on tap and local participation from breweries such as Hopmonk Tavern and Lagunitas Brewery, ale lovers won’t want to miss this foaming event on Saturday, June 29 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at Stafford Lake in Novato.

Breweries will be coming from across the state so beer lovers can sample their ales. Some of them include: Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, Sierra Nevada, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Anchor Brewing, Hoppy Brewing Company, as well as Hangar 24 Craft Brewery and Ninkasi Brewing Company with huge followings in the craft beer market.

This is the second year the event has been scheduled in the Bay Area. Its festivals in Ventura, Santa Cruz and Claremont/San Dimas sell out every year. “We are excited to be bringing some of the best brews in the country to the North Bay,” said founder Vincenzo Giammanco. “The picturesque lakeside setting nestled between Marin and Sonoma counties is a perfect location for a day of beer sampling, enjoying music, and barbecue. We are looking forward to the same success here as at our other popular festivals through out the state.”

Admission is $40, which includes one craft beer heaven ticket, a souvenir cup and beer sampling. Beer tasting begins at 1 and ends at 4:30 p.m. The event is for adults 21 and over, but children under 12 can accompany their parents for free.

The festival is looking for barbecue teams to participate in its first cook-off. Teams of four, including friends, family, co-workers, are invited to compete for more than $1,000 in prizes. Teams will be judged in four different categories: chicken, beef brisket, pork and beer based on appearance, taste, texture and overall. Guests get to sample the different styles of barbecue (while supplies last).

Proceeds from the California Beer Festival benefit the Gen Giammanco Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides financial support to student athletes in their pursuit of scholastic and athletic support. A shuttle service will be provided for $3. Tickets and additional info are available at californiabeerfestival.com.

See you there!

Drinkhacker Reads – 11.29.2012 – Pappy Van Winkle Edition

For those of you picky about where you get your news, take your pick:

The Atlantic Wire runs the 10 millionth profile on Pappy Van Winkle and how hard it is to come across. [The Atlantic Wire]

OR

Fox News runs the 10 millionth profile on Pappy Van Winkle and how hard it is to come across. [Fox News]

Online retailer of rare spirits Caskers is hosting a celebrating on December 6th at the Solo Event Space in Manhattan. Over 15 small batch distilleries will be on hand for sampling and you’ll be able to try signature cocktails and participate in a cocktail making class. You can find more information at the event’s website, and if you use the coupon code “HACKER” you’ll be able to take 10% off your ticket purchase. Not a bad deal for a great time. [Caskers]

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2012 Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza Dates and Discounts

We’re becoming increasingly big fans of the Scotch Whisky Extravaganza — and the dates for 2012 have finally been announced. The full lineup for eight cities can be found below.

If you’d like to attend, we’ve got discounts for you: Just use code TDH2012 when purchasing tickets online to get $15 off the $135 non-member price tag at this link. Your ticket includes dinner and premium cigars. Get more info here. See you there!

Ladies and Gentlemen are cordially invited to enjoy a connoisseur’s evening featuring rare & exceptional single malt, Scotch and unique whiskies from around the world. The evening includes a delicious dinner buffet as well as a selection of premium imported cigars for our guests’ later enjoyment. The Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza brings the discerning enthusiast the opportunity to sample the participating whiskies in a sophisticated and elegant environment with genuine camaraderie and knowledgeable representatives from each participating distillery.

All events from 7:00pm-9:00pm. Registration begins at 7:00pm. Business casual, Jackets preferred. No denim or athletic attire.

2012 Scotch Whisky Extravaganza Tour Dates

Boston
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The Taj Boston
15 Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116

Chicago
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The Union League Club of Chicago
65 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60604

Washington, DC
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
JW Marriott Hotel
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004

Philadelphia
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The Union League Club
of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Los Angeles
Friday, November 9, 2012
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
1700 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401

San Francisco
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The Intercontinental San Francisco
888 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Seattle
Please contact SMWSA for Seattle Extravaganza information

Fort Lauderdale
Thursday, December 6, 2012
The Seminole Hard Rock
Hotel & Casino
1 Seminole Way
Hollywood, FL 33314

WhiskyFest San Francisco Coming October 5, 2012

275 whiskies will be available for the sampling at the country’s most notable whiskey event, comprising 80 exhibitors and 9 seminars worth of whiskey enthusiasm.

On hand will include:

  • Jeff Arnett, Master Distiller, Jack Daniel’s
  • Steve Beal, Senior Master of Whisky, The Classic Malts
  • Parker Beam, Master Distiller, Heaven Hill Distilleries
  • David Blackmore, Master Brand Ambassador, (David will present a Glenmorangie seminar, as well as an Ardbeg seminar)
  • Martin Daraz, Brand Ambassador, Highland Park (Martin will be joined by the Beer Chicks: Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune)
  • Gable Erenzo, Brand Ambassador, Hudson Whiskey
  • Iain McCallum, Master of Malts, Morrison Bowmore Distillers
  • Neyah White, Brand Ambassador, Yamazaki Single Malts

The event, presented by Whisky Advocate magazine, happens Friday, October 5, 2012. Regular admission ($155) begins at 6:30 pm, with VIP admission (sold out) at 5:30 pm. Again to be held at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel — 55 Fourth Street, San Francisco. For the most up to date information, to get tickets, and to see the ever expanding list of whiskies, visit whiskyfest.com.

Say hi if you see me at the show!

Dates for Spring 2012 Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza Announced – Discount Code Within

This just in from our friends at the Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza:

Ladies and Gentlemen are cordially invited to enjoy a connoisseur’s evening featuring rare & exceptional single malt, Scotch and unique whiskies from around the world. The evening includes a delicious dinner buffet as well as a selection of premium imported cigars for our guests’ later enjoyment. The Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza brings the discerning enthusiast the opportunity to sample the participating whiskies in a sophisticated and elegant environment with genuine camaraderie and knowledgeable representatives from each participating distillery.

All events from 7:00pm-9:00pm. Registration begins at 7:00pm. Business casual, Jackets preferred. No denim or athletic attire. Special rates for groups of 8 or more.

Use the promotional code “TDH2012″ to save $15 on each ticket. You can purchase tickets directly from the website or call us at 800.990.1991.

Here’s the Spring 2012 Extravaganza schedule. Fall dates, which will hit many more cities, to be announced soon.

ATLANTA

March 28, 2012 The Intercontinental Buckhead

3315 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, GA 30326

HOUSTON

April 18, 2012 The Intercontinental Houston Near The Galleria

2222 West Loop South Houston, TX 77027

DALLAS

April 25, 2012 Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum By The Galleria

14901 Dallas Parkway Dallas, TX 75254

DENVER

May 2, 2012 The Brown Palace Hotel

321 17th Street Denver, CO 80202

NEW YORK

May 10, 2012 The Roosevelt Hotel

Madison at 45th Street New York, NY 10017

Win 2 Tickets to Whiskies of the World 2012 in San Francisco!

If you’re reading this blog, there’s a good chance you like whiskey, and if you like whiskey, you need to be at Whiskies of the World, where you can sample dozens of whiskeys in a single night, enjoy dinner, smoke a cigar, listen to some bagpipes, and live to tell the tale the next day.

We’ve got two (general admission) tickets to the March 31 event (6-9 pm), held at the San Francisco waterfront. All you need to do is email us your name, address, and written assurances that you are both over 21 and will actually be able to attend the event. We don’t want these tickets — a $240 value — to go to waste! Winner selected on February 29, 2012.

13th Annual Whiskies of the World Expo & Artisanal Spirits Fest

The Whiskies of the World Expo gathers the world’s most fascinating distilled spirits along with their makers and ambassadors to give its guests an opportunity to sample, learn and experience a night of delicious spirited fun. By popular demand, the 13th Expo will be back on the San Francisco Belle Yacht (docked) with its three ballroom-size tasting decks, and an open roof Whisky & Cigar Pairing deck. Come on March 31 to enjoy a full buffet dinner; meeting and learning from the world’s spirits producers; a live Pipe and Drum Concert; whisky mixology; artisanal food pairings with exclusive whiskies; live jazz and more. Learn, celebrate, experience!

For More Details: www.WhiskiesOfTheWorld.com

The fine print: Contests and giveaways are open only to readers age 21 and up with a U.S. mailing address. One prize per person per giveaway. We reserve the right to cancel any giveaway at our sole discretion. We are not responsible for lost, misdirected, or late entries. Not open to employees/contributors or immediate family members of Drinkhacker or Null Media employees/contributors, its affiliates, or advertising/promotion agencies and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, and agents. This offer is void wherever prohibited or restricted by national, state, or any governmental laws. We are not responsible for late, lost, or damaged prize packages. We do not use your mailing address for any other purpose than sending prizes; addresses are not kept on file. One entry per contestant — your entry is good for the length of each giveaway. Duplicate entries will disqualify the entrant.

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Upcoming: Whisky Live LA 2011

I won’t be there, but if you’re in Los Angeles this Friday, check out Whisky Live — definitely worth it to give Compass Box’s Great King Street a try!

Whisky Live LA 2011

Featuring the Finest Scotches, Bourbons and Whiskies from Around the World

Whisky Live LA, on Friday, Oct 21, 5:30-10pm, will take place in the elegant Century Plaza Hyatt Regency, 2025 Avenue of the Stars. Situated on the fashionable West Side, adjacent to Beverly Hills, encompassing the magic of Hollywood, and the grandeur and energy of LA, Century Plaza Hyatt Regency is the perfect setting for the premier whisky event on the west coast. Easily accessible from downtown and the suburbs, ample on-site and public parking makes this the ideal place to host the largest and most diverse whisky tasting in California.

There will be several whiskies from around the world making their debut with Whisky Live LA this year.

• Great King St. – A fantastic new scotch from the master blender at Compass Box will be making its LA debut Friday night at Whisky Live!!

• Amrut Whisky – A deep, rich and full bodied family of whiskies from India. In both peated and non-peated expressions. With rare expressions as much as $2000 a bottle for you to sample!

• Lark Distilleries – The award winning unbelievable whisky from Tasmania!

Also new for WHISKY LIVE LA 2011 –

The new Rye from Bulleit – You have to taste it to believe it.

As well as our new feature area hosted by Whisky Live’s own whisky expert showcasing the finest in micro-distillery malts.

With the finest Scotches, Bourbons and whiskies in the world coupled with gourmet dining, chocolate/whisky pairings-featuring custom flavors from Cellar Door Chocolates, cocktail demonstrations, live music and entertainment all surrounded by the absolute best Southern California has to offer, creates a Whisky Live LA experience not to be missed!

Make Whisky Live LA your Complete Evening Out!

2011 Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza Dates Announced — Discounts Inside!

I greatly enjoyed the 2010 Scotch Whisky Extravaganza — finding it a quieter counterpart to the bustle of WhiskyFest and Whiskies of the World — and am looking forward to visiting it again in 2011. This year’s event dates have just been announced, and you’ll find the full lineup below.

If you’d like to attend (and if you live in one of the cities below, you probably should), we’ve got discounts for you: Just use code TDH2011 when purchasing tickets online to get $15 off the $135 non-member price tag at this link. Over 110 whiskies will be poured at the event, which includes dinner and premium cigars. (Last year’s feast was awesome!) Get more info here. See you there!

2011 Fall Extravaganza Schedule

Chicago Wednesday

October 5, 2011

The Union League Club of Chicago

65 West Jackson Boulevard

Chicago, IL 60604

Jackets Required (No Denim or Athletic Attire)

Boston Thursday

October 13, 2011

The Taj Boston

15 Arlington Street

Boston, MA 02116

 

Washington, DC Wednesday

October 26, 2011

JW Marriott Hotel

1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20004

 

Philadelphia Friday

October 28, 2011

The Union League Club of Philadelphia

140 South Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19102

Jackets Required (No Denim or Athletic Attire)

 

San Francisco Wednesday

November 9, 2011

The Intercontinental San Francisco

888 Howard Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

 

Los Angeles Friday

November 11, 2011

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

1700 Ocean Avenue

Santa Monica, CA 90401

 

Fort Lauderdale Thursday

December 1, 2011

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

1 Seminole Way

Hollywood, FL 33314

 

 

Discount Codes for Toast of the Town San Francisco, April 7, 2011

Our friends at Wine Enthusiast put on a great show combining good wine and good food in an elegant atmosphere. This year it all moves to San Francisco’s City Hall, a great place not just to get your business license but to have a party, too.

Details follow, along with the code for getting a discount on your tix!

Wine Enthusiast Magazine presents a music, wine and restaurant extravaganza!  While listening to the sounds of live jazz, taste 500 premium wines and spirits from over 70 domestic and international producers and savor the culinary creations from over 35 top Bay Area restaurants, all in the glamorous setting of the San Francisco City Hall.

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2011

Location: San Francisco City Hall

301 Van Ness Avenue at Grove Street, San Francisco

Benefiting: San Francisco CARE, care.org

Presented by: Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Sponsors: The Wall Street Journal

Tickets: VIP Tasting $169 (*Early Bird $129)—6:00 pm

Grand Tasting $109 (*Early Bird $89)—7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

For discounts, use code: drinkhacker — toastofthetown.com or call 888-695-0888

Participating restaurants include: Grand Café, Home of Chicken and Waffles, Farallon Restaurant, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, It’s Italia, Jack & Jason’s Pancake & Waffle Mixes, Limon, Mission Beach Café, One Market Restaurant, Press St. Helena, Saison, Suutro’s at the Cliff House, the girl & the fig, Twenty Five Lusk, Waterbar, Urban Tavern, Navio at the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, etoile restaurant

Participating wineries: Too many to list!