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!

Win Tickets: 2011 Whiskies of the World Expo & Artisanal Spirits Fest San Francisco (March 26, 2011)

The pipes, the pipes are calling, and that can only mean that Whiskies of the World is nigh.

This years WoW in San Francisco returns to the San Francisco Belle, an old timey yacht anchored at the docks of the Bay.

In the Expo’s own words:

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 12th Expo will be back to San Francisco Belle Yacht (docked) with its three ballroom-size tasting decks, and an open roof Whisky & Cigar Pairing deck. Come on March 26th to enjoy a full buffet dinner; meeting and learning from the world’s spirits producers; creators and experts; a live Pipe and Drum Concert; mixology demonstrations, Celtic craft  and whisky gear booths, artisanal food pairings with exclusive whiskies;  live music and more. Learn, celebrate, experience! Details: WhiskiesOfTheWorld.com

Did we mention we have two pairs of tickets (4 tickets total) to give away? (Retail value: $220 per pair.) All you have to do to win them is tell us that you want to go! Drop a line to contest@drinkhacker.com and provide the following information: Your name, complete mailing address, and email contact information. You must be a U.S. resident and 21 years old to win.

We’ll pick two winners at random (two tickets per winner) on March 10, 2010. Winners will be notified by email, and tickets will be mailed to you shortly thereafter. Please don’t enter if you aren’t certain you can be in San Francisco on March 26th. Travel and lodging are not included in the giveaway!

Good luck, and I hope to see you there!

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 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.

Coming in March 2011: The Universal Whisky Show Las Vegas

As luxury events go, it doesn’t get much ritzier than the Universal Whisky Show, from the sound of it. To be held March 18th and 19th at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas, this event looks to make affairs like WhiskyFest and Whiskies of the World — both upscale happenings by any common measure — look positively mundane.

A ticket gets you all of this:

* Sampling of premium whiskies from all exhibitors.

* One Super pour sample from a range of rare and fine whiskies valued at $300 and above per pour retail. (These currently include Highland Park 40 Year, Dalmore Astrum 40 Year, and Glenfarclas 1966 — a tough choice, indeed!)

* Free cigar samples.

* Entry to all special events during the show.

* Butler passed pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres in show area.

* Gourmet dinner reception.

* Glencairn cut crystal tasting glass.

All for the low low price of $525 — or $375 if you buy in advance.

Visit this page to find out more about the show and about companion tickets (discounted entrance for the non-whisky-drinkers out there), and more information. I don’t know if I’ll be there — though it sounds like an exceptional time!

Upcoming: Organic Beer and Wine Tasting – San Francisco

Organics are on the rise in the wine and beer business, and now there are enough of them to merit their own event. California Certified Organic Farmers have gathered 26 wine- and beermakers together to taste their wares to the public. The event benefits the nonprofit trade group, and $30 gets you all the beer and wine you’d care to drink.

Check it out on October 29 in San Francisco’s Ferry Building, from 4 to 8 pm.

More info from the trade group…

CCOF’s 5th Annual Organic Beer and Wine Tasting

Friday, October 29, 2010
4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
San Francisco, CA

Join CCOF for the 5th Annual Organic Beer and Wine Tasting at the Ferry Building in San Francisco to sample a wide variety of fine beverages – all by producers certified organic by CCOF – and talk directly to the vintners, and brewers. The event begins at 4:00 p.m. and runs until 8:00 p.m.

Every year more organic winemakers and brewers are winning praise and awards for the beverages they produce and CCOF, one of the nation’s largest and oldest organic certifying agencies, is pleased to certify some of the best. Since 2006, the Organic Beer & Wine Tasting at the Ferry Building has gathered these celebrated wines and brews from across the state.

In addition to the wide selection of beverages to sample, attendees will have the chance to bid in a Silent Auction on items donated by the vendors. Last year’s auction items included bottles of the vintners’ best wines, gift boxes of beer, and brewery and winery tours.

20% Off San Francisco Bay Rum Festival Tickets

Hey rum fans, want to check out rum old and new, rum cocktails, and rum-food pairings ’til you scream for your galleon?

Check out next month’s San Francisco Ministry of Rum Festival, held at Miss Pearl’s in Oakland on August 8, from 2 to 5pm.

All you need to get in cheap is register for the forums at the Ministry of Rum website, then you’ll get 20% off the $50 admission fee. Just create and log in to your account, and you’ll see the discount automatically when you purchase your tickets.

Hope to see you at the event!

15% off Pinot Days San Francisco Tickets

The world’s most noteworthy celebration of California Pinot Noir, Pinot Days, gets going on June 27th, and if you’re a Pinot fan it’s a place you need to be.

And Drinkhacker wants to ease the financial burden of your attendance. When you purchase tickets, use the coupon code DRNKHKRSF10 and you’ll save 15% off the $60 purchase price.

The event is on from 1pm to 5pm on Sunday June 27th. Be there!