Free Tickets to ChouffeFest New York and Washington D.C.

Howdy! Like Belgian craft beers and live in New York or Washington D.C.? Well, we’ve got something sweet (and bitter) for you!

Drinkhacker is giving away two pairs of tickets to ChouffeFest, which hits New York’s Brooklyn Bazaar on 6/19 and Washington D.C.’s TOOLBOX on 6/21. You can win a pair of tickets, which include entrance to the event featuring Belgian-style Chouffe beer tastings, delicious food, live music, and plenty of gnomified merrymaking.

You must be 21 or older to enter (and attend). To enter, please send an email to contest2@drinkhacker.com and provide your first and last name, your city of choice (NYC or Washington, D.C.), primary e-mail address, and what Chouffe beer you’re most looking forward to tasting.

All entries must be received by 6/17 at noon PDT. Only one entry per person. There will be one winner chosen for each city.

More info…  

Chouffe Fest celebrates Chouffe’s Belgian craft beers, which rumor has it, were hand-crafted by magical gnomes and passed in secret to Chouffe’s founders in the 1970s. Inspired by this mystical tale, Chouffe Fest invites guests to step into the imaginary world of the Chouffe gnomes, which includes an eight-foot-tall “gnome throne” photo booth and giant, playable versions of checkers, Jenga and Connect Four. Check out this video for more event details: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5C7EvJviWds

Chouffe Fest will proudly feature the following Belgian craft brews from Chouffe:

  • La Chouffe is a Belgian blonde ale with a hazy golden yellow color with full white head. La Chouffe boasts aromas of peppery spice and flavors of candy sweetness and fruity esters, followed by a creamy dry finish in this highly carbonated and gently warming ale. It contains 8% alcohol by volume (ABV) and a Rate Beer rating of 98.
  • Mc Chouffe is a Belgian-Scottish dark ale that is rich brown in color with a light tawny head. Featuring deep aromas of chocolate, toffee and caramel with rich nutty and spicy flavors of almonds, cinnamon and nutmeg, Mc Chouffe has a dry, creamy finish with noticeable warmth. It contains 8% ABV and a Rate Beer rating of 97.
  • Houblon Chouffe is a Belgian IPA Triple that is golden yellow with a delicate white head. Featuring grassy and citrus aromas from Amarillo, Tomahawk and Saaz hops with slight aromatics of clove; biscuit malt flavors are followed by a touch of honey then a dry, crisp finish marked with a touch of orange. Houblon Chouffe contains 9% ABV and boasts a Rate Beer rating of 99.

Chouffe Fest New York will take place Thursday, June 19 from 7 – 11 p.m. at the Brooklyn Bazaar located at 165 Banker St., Brooklyn NY 11222. Tickets are on sale for $10 each at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chouffe-fest-new-york-tickets-11652804853

Chouffe Fest D.C. will take place Saturday, June 21 from 7 – 11 p.m. at TOOLBOX D.C., located in Dupont Circle at 1627 (rear) Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20009.
Tickets are on sale for $10 each at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/chouffe-fest-washington-dc-tickets-11652963327

Guests must be 21 and over to attend all Chouffe Fest events. For more information about Chouffe Fest, visit http://www.chouffefest.com

Upcoming: California Beer Festival Marin County 2014

Who’s ready for brews? I’ll be here — so come on by, enjoy a few craft beers, and say hi while ’80s cover bands pump out the jams.

Don’t miss the California Beer Festival Marin County on Saturday, June 28 from 12:30 to 5 p.m at beautiful Stafford Lake in Novato with 100 craft brews on tap featuring breweries from throughout the state including local favorites Lagunitas Brewing Company and Hopmonk Tavern. This is the third year for the annual event.

Attendees announced so far include: Six Rivers Brewery, Stone Brewing Company, Iron Springs Pub and Brewery, Broken Drum Brewery, Bear Republic Brewing Co., Big Sky Brewing Company, Altamont Beer Works, Bison Brewing, Carneros Brewing, Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, Day of the Dead Beer and many more. Beer sampling will be from 1 to 4:30 p.m. (VIP tickets get you in early.)

Information and tickets are available at CaliforniaBeerFestival.com. VIP tickets are $65 each. General admission is $40. Sliders and suds tickets are $55, with designated driver tickets available for $25. Children under 12 are free, but must be accompanied by an adult.

Be there!

Join Laphroaig Live, September 26, 5PM PDT

Recent Laphroaig Live events have been such successes that Islay’s most visible distillery is repeating the experience. This year’s arrives on Thursday at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern, and will cover a range of Laphroaig products including the new Laphroaig QA, a travel retail whiskey that’s crafted through “an American style of maturation” (finished in new oak casks).

So pour yourself a dram of the peaty stuff and enjoy the show. Full details follow.

Laphroaig, the world’s most richly flavored Scotch whisky, will broadcast its 7th annual Laphroaig Live on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 8:00PM Eastern Time from Brooklyn, New York. Whisky fans everywhere can visit www.laphroaig.com/live to see the most talked about live online whisky tasting of the year.

The 45-minute live stream, which reached nearly 2.5 million people across the globe last year, will feature a panel of four experts who will sample four whisky expressions and highlight the spirits’ strong ties with America. The experts will be stepping back in time to the Prohibition era and tracing its heritage to the booming whisky cocktail scene it helped create. This year, the panel will consist of Laphroaig® Master Distiller John Campbell, Bourbon Ambassador Adam Harris, renowned Mixologist and Founder of Ward III Michael J. Neff, and spirit enthusiast and GQ Web Editor Kevin Sintumuang. Also in attendance will be Simon Brooking, Master Ambassador for Laphroaig, to celebrate this one- of-a-kind tasting experience.

Viewers worldwide will have front row seats as the panel tastes and discusses the complex flavor profiles of:

  • Laphroaig Quarter Cask – the brand’s fastest growing expression which is matured in barrels similar to those used in the early days of Laphroaig.
  • Laphroaig QA – an expression crafted through the American style of maturation.
  • Maker’s 46 – a classic American bourbon whiskey from the Laphroaig sister distillery; nearly all Laphroaig® is aged in ex-Maker’s Mark barrels.
  • Laphroaig Cairdeas 2013 – the newest expression, bottled for Friends of Laphroaig and released earlier this summer, uses Port Wood for part of its maturation.

The show will be broadcast from an original Hudson River Barge, which at over 99 years old has seen cargo come and go into New York for almost a century. While the Hudson River Barge was taking its cargo into port, Ian Hunter, the last family owner of Laphroaig, was introducing the world to his whisky. Legend has it he even introduced it to the USA during Prohibition by convincing authorities of its “medicinal” purposes. Following in his footsteps, Laphroaig will bring a fantastic selection of its expressions direct from Islay to New York and explore how the North-Atlantic ties are still thriving today.

Members of Friends of Laphroaig, the whisky’s distinguished loyalty group which grants members a lifetime lease on a numbered, 1 square foot plot of land in Islay, are provided special access to discuss all things whisky and share tasting notes during the show. To join the conversation, submit questions or get the tasting’s cocktail recipes, LIKE us on Facebook.com/LaphroaigUSA, or follow/Tweet us @LaphroaigUSA on Twitter.

Join Us For a Live Johnnie Walker Platinum Tasting, Sept. 12, 10am PDT

We’re trying something new this week, tasting the new Johnnie Walker Platinum — LIVE! — on a Google Hangout, with our pals at Drink Spirits and Simple Cocktails. Please join us to see how we agree and disagree on this spirit — mine’s still sealed in anticipation of the big event — and add your own thoughts if you’ve got a bottle on hand, too.

RSVP here and mark your calendars!

20% Off at Family Winemakers of California, August 17-18, 2013

The annual Family Winemakers of California Tasting has become a real standout event. Last year’s tasting featured some truly amazing wines.

And you can go to it! We’ve got 20% off codes you can use when you buy a ticket. Just key in “wine10″ or “bloggers” at checkout and you get an instant $12 off the $60 ticket price. That’s a great deal.

Some more info for the uninitiated:

From the state’s most acclaimed wine regions to the up-and-coming, this tasting features more than 200+ producers from all over California showcasing their boldest and brightest vintages.

This year’s “From Our Table To Yours” theme resonates throughout the tasting, where attendees have the opportunity to meet the passion-driven vintners and winery owners themselves, and hear the stories behind the wine labels.  From exceptional, small production wines to the hard-to-find, attendees will taste from over 800 wines and discover new favorites to put on their table that evening.

Attendees with a refined or exploratory palette for wine can purchase access to the iSip Lounge, where VIPs will have an opportunity to taste from a portfolio of wines that retail at $75 per bottle or more.

To receive real-time updates of information on the event, subscribe to Family Winemaker’s of California’s Twitter channel @FWCTasting and like Family Winemaker’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FWC.SanFran.

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!