Get 25% Off at Saturday’s Whisky LIVE DC 2017

I’m pretty sure anyone within a 100-mile radius of the White House could use a drink or seven right about now. Why not join me and hundreds of other DC-area whiskey fans at Whisky LIVE DC this Saturday, March 11?

This annual, internationally renowned whisky tasting event will take place in our nation’s capital at the Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H St. NW, on March 11 from 5:30 to 9:30. The show continues a decade-plus tradition of sharing unlimted samples of 200 of the world’s best whiskies, along with the stories behind them as told by master distillers, brand ambassadors and industry experts. They’ll be pouring internationally recognized brands such as Dalwhinnie, Glenmorangie, Elijah Craig, Oban, Talisker, Yamazaki, Russell’s Reserve, and Lagavulin along with dozens of spirits from boutique distilleries, including Few Spirits, Sonoma County Distilling, Usquaebach and the region’s own Catoctin Creek and Virginia Distillery Company. Products from non-traditional whisky producing countries like India and Spain will also be on display. If straight whiskey isn’t quite your thing, several area bars, including Service Bar and the legendary Jack Rose Dining Saloon, will be making whiskey cocktails. A bourbon-infused dinner buffet and live entertainment will also be provided.

It’s not just a chance to drink a lot of different whiskey though, folks. It’s also a great opportunity to talk about a lot of different whiskey, and Whisky LIVE DC has some pretty impressive conversationalists on hand including some of your favorite whiskey writers and critics such as Lew Bryson, Michael Dietsch, Carlo DeVito, Fred Minnick, Heather Greene, and Phillip Greene. For those looking to really brush up on their whiskey knowledge, you can also choose to attend an hour-long tutored tasting guided by international whiskies experts, ambassadors, and master distillers. But if you really want to nerd out on whiskey, I suggest joining Jane Bowie, Maker’s Mark Tasting Manager and Manager of the Maker’s Select Program, as she discusses how to create a perfect version of Maker’s Mark using their five proprietary staves. I personally attended this seminar at the Bourbon Affair last year, and it was fantastic. It will be the first time this experience has been available outside Kentucky, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it included a tasting of the rare Maker’s Mark Private Select!

Use promo code WLDC25 for 25% off Whisky LIVE DC tickets (only valid on new purchases through this link). I think I just gave you an excuse to splurge on the VIP ticket! See you there! Say hi!

Happy 9th Birthday to Drinkhacker!

Wow, I almost missed it — we’re nine years old, today!

Thanks to all our fans and readers for keeping Drinkhacker going strong for all this time — we’re gunning to publish our 5000th post before our 10th birthday next year, and I’m hoping to come up with some amazing giveaways for you guys for being such loyal fans.

IF we were going to give away something boozy and cool, what would you want it to be? And don’t say Pappy.

WhiskyFest San Francisco Approaches: September 23

We’re just three weeks away from WhiskyFest San Francisco and it’s shaping up to have one of the best pour lists in years. Get your ticket now before they’re all gone!

WhiskyFest™ Returns to San Francisco for its 10th Annual Event

Whisky Advocate magazine is pleased to celebrate WhiskyFest’s 10th Annual event in San Francisco.

This year’s event will feature more than 375 whiskies for sampling, as well as brandy, tequila, rum, stout, and even a red wine blend that was aged in bourbon barrels. Scotch, Canadian, Irish, South African, Welsh, American, Indian, Taiwanese, and Japanese whiskies will all be well represented. The full pouring list is on our web site: http://whiskyadvocate.com/events/whiskyfest-san-francisco/whiskyfest-san-francisco-whisky-list/

There will also be 12 seminars, with tastings of their own, during the event, each is 45 minutes in length. The seminars will be presented by distillery managers, master blenders, master distillers, and well-versed brand ambassadors. The seminar schedule can be found here: http://whiskyadvocate.com/events/whiskyfest-san-francisco/whiskyfest-san-francisco-seminars/

Don’t miss out! Join in the fun, and plan to attend one of the greatest nights of the year for whisk(e)y lovers on September 23 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. Tickets are still available, but they are very limited. Buy yours today: http://whiskyadvocatemagazine.com/whiskyfest-tickets/tickets-2016.html

Highlights from the California Artisan Cheese Festival 2016

Recently I had the good fortune to attend one of the most entertaining events in this business: Petaluma’s annual “California Cheesin'” event, part of the annual California Artisan Cheese Festival, now in its 10th year.

This highlight offers regional (northern California) restaurants plus purveyors of wine, beer, and cider — and let’s you go to town on dozens of cheese-inspired small bites. Some two dozen restaurants and cheesemakers were on hand this evening along with another 20 or so beverage companies. The idea: Taste through everything and pronounce a winner amongst the restaurants at the end of the night, following the visitors’ votes. (Beverage companies don’t get prizes, sadly.)

My favorite bites came from Carneros Bistro, whose Red Hawk arancini are perennial festival winners; The Girl and The Fig’s ricotta sorbet mini-cones; and Rustic at Francis Ford Coppola Winery’s asparagus and morel risotto. But the restaurant that got my vote was from a food truck outfit called Croques & Toques, whose truffled cheese croquette as a delightfully sharp and savory dish. (Though one other voter wondered whether it was cheating to use truffles!)

On the wine and beer side, a number of standouts: Estate 1856’s Petit Verdot was fragrant and lively; Goldschmidt Vineyards Fidelity Zinfandel was racy with green olive overtones; and the soft Pinot Noir from Fogline Vineyards was an easy sipper. Favorite wine, however, had to go to Pennyroyal Farm and its lightly earthy Pinot Noir — I’ve passed this place many times en route to Mendocino and never even knew they produced wine at all.

Best beer: Lagunitas Equinox, a pale oat ale, offering the best of two distinctly different worlds of brewing.

As always, it was a fantastic event on a beautiful evening in Petaluma. I look forward to checking it out again in 2017!

Win Free VIP Tickets to the SF Craft Spirits Carnival!

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What’s the best kind of carnival? A CRAFT SPIRITS CARNIVAL, that’s what!

People, we’ve got a huge treat for you — two pairs of VIP tickets to the San Francisco Craft Spirits Carnival this Sunday, August 16, 2015. (Tickets are good for both the wine and spirits portion of the show, but only on Sunday.)

The event takes place all weekend at Fort Mason. All told, this is $600 worth of tickets that we’re giving out!

All you have to do to register to win is like our Facebook page and leave a response for us (any response) on this post. We’ll pick two winners at random — each winner will get two tickets — and have the carnies themselves contact you for delivery. Winners will be selected on Tuesday, August 11, 2015. Please only enter if you can legitimately attend.

Please please please check out the SF Craft Spirits Carnival website, and visit this page to buy tickets for Saturday or Sunday. You can go to just the spirits side of things, or do both spirits and wine. Wish I was going to be there! Have fun, you guys!

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.

Upcoming: West of West Wine Festival

One of the most exciting regions in California wine is the rugged Sonoma coast, an area that overlooks the ocean and is blasted with frigid breezes… and where some of the best syrah, pinot noir, and chardonnay can be found growing. Major wine world names like DuMol, Peay, Flowers, and Evening Land call this region home — and they’ve got their own wine festival, too.

West of West is a traveling show that visits Chicago and New York, but also makes time for a stop right here in the Bay Area. The Sebastapol show arrives on the weekend of July 31-August 2, 2015, and tickets are now on sale for a weekend of seminars, fine dining, and — of course — wine tasting.

“All Access” weekend passes run $595, but tickets to the grand tastings (one each on Saturday and Sunday) can be purchased for as little as $100. If you’re a fan of these wines, don’t miss it!

westsonomacoast.com

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