I attended this event last year and it was fantastic. Whether you know a lot about liquors and want to taste 30 yr oak aged bourbons, or you know nothing and want to learn what the hell aquavit is (answer: very, very, very tasty), you'll have a great time. It's a little pricey, but there is no other event like it and, frankly, it is worth every penny.
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On Thursday February 18th, 2010 from 7pm to 10pm the Madison Malt Society will hold the 2nd annual “Celebration of American Distilling” at the Edgewater Hotel. It is a spirits tasting event like no other.
Tickets are $55 or $65 for VIP tickets (very limited). VIP tickets allow entry to the event 45 minutes early to spend more one on one time with the distillers.
Tickets are available now at:
Star Liquor 608-255-8041 Barriques on Monroe 608-284-9463
The Malt House 608-204-6258 Barriques in Middleton 608-824-9463
In Milwaukee at Great Lakes Distillery 414-431-8683
In Chicago at North Shore Distillery 847-547-2499
Last year’s event was a huge success with both attendees and distillers. Guests got to sample the wares of 28 different distillers with product ranging from Absinthe to Bourbon to Vodka infused with Horseradish. This variety of products reinforced the belief that distilling is at the beginning of a boom time very much like the pioneers of craft brewing experienced in the mid 1980s. This year’s event will feature some new distilleries that have been growing for the last year and now feel they are ready to show off their wares to guests at the tasting. Small distillers like Tuthilltown Spirits from New York and Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey will join the more established distillers at this year’s event. Local distilleries were featured at the 2009 tasting and Wisconsin’s own are sure to impress again this year. Yahara Bay, Great Lakes, 45th Parallel and Death’s Door all have exciting new products to share with us.
Trying new products is only part of the appeal of an event like this. Guests are also afforded the opportunity to speak directly with the people who lovingly craft their spirits. So the next time they sit with a glass of artisinal spirits they can remember how passionately the distiller spoke of their product. At the 2009 event more than half the tables were manned by master distillers, distillers, or owners.
This year’s event is again sponsored by Union Cab who will offer discounted cab rides home for all who attend. Other sponsors include Isthmus and Lakeside Press. Free appetizers will also be served.
This is a charity event and this year’s beneficiary is WORT Listener Sponsored Community Radio.
For further info check out www.madisonmaltsociety.com or become our Facebook friend at www.facebook.com/madisonmaltsociety or call Adam Casey (608)255-8041