Whiskey & Fine Spirits Fest Back for 10th Year
Craft beer pairs with many things, from cheese and charcuterie to burgers and fries. What most people don’t realize, however, is how well it pairs with other drinks. Whether it’s mixed in a cocktail or taken alongside a shot as Philadelphia’s favorite citywide special, craft beer mixes well with liquor. And if my time writing about and drinking craft beer has taught me anything, it’s the craft beer acts as the natural gateway drug to liquor.
In that vain, any fan of beer—and any fan of spirits, for that matter—would be remiss to not go to the 2013 Philadelphia Whiskey and Fine Spirits Festival, being held on Thursday, October 24 from 6:30 – 9pm at Lincoln Financial Field. The event, sponsored by Philadelphia magazine as well as Fine Wine & Good Spirits, will feature over 300 premium spirits from around the world, including whiskey, scotch, bourbon, tequila, gin, rum, and vodka.
The event will also include a Fine Wine & Good Spirits Lounge (with rare spirits), the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience (with a craft bourbon cocktail competition amongst local bartenders), a Buffalo Trace Saloon (with a country rock band), the Dewars Honey Suite (where you can sample the new Highlander Honey), and plenty more. There will also be hors d’oeuvres offered from local, high-end restaurants like Chima, Sampan, the Twisted Tail, Verdad, and more. Aramark will also offer a pasta station to attendees to help absorb that stomach full of booze.
If you don’t think two and a half hours is enough time to experience all of this and to get your fill of your favorite spirits, you’re in luck. The event is offering a VIP experience beginning at 5pm (an extra hour and a half in the festival) and will include a special behind-the-scenes stadium tour, exclusive spirit and food tastings, and a gift card to Fine Wine & Good Spirits. VIP tickets are $150 and regular tickets are $95 in advance or $100 at the door. There are also discounts for groups of 10 or more, and designated driver tickets can be purchased at the door. All other tickets can be purchased at phillymag.com/whiskeyfest or by calling 215.279.8316.
This is the 10th year the event has been put on, and after asking some whisky-loving friends, it’s an event worth going to. So whether you’re an experienced spirits drinker (as they are) or are just starting down the road to your favorite scotch (as I am), the benefits of being able to experience multiple tastes and zero in on what you like are extraordinary. Get your tickets soon, as they’re sure to sell out with the kind of volume and quality that are sure to be present.