Warming Up With 'Whiskey In The Winter' Festival This Weekend

By Molly Rippinger
In Food

As the temperature drops this weekend, come embrace the warmth hidden within the amber hues of whiskey during the second annual Whiskey In The Winter festival. From barrel-aged bourbons to single malt scotches, there will be something for everyone to sip on at this year’s event.

Bartenders Joel Clark of Mission Taco and Keyan Still of Hendricks BBQ and Sanctuaria Wild Tapas at last year's event.

Bartenders Joel Clark of Mission Taco and Keyan Still of Hendricks BBQ and Sanctuaria Wild Tapas at last year’s event. Photo by ALIVE Scene Team.

The newly opened Gamlin Whiskey House will kick off the festival with a five-course preview dinner on Thursday, Nov. 21. The evening will begin at 6:30pm with Basil Hayden’s bourbon cocktails crafted by the famous Las Vegas mixologist, Bobby “G” Gleason. Also, guest speakers Dave Pudlo of Maker’s Mark and Adam Harris from Jim Beam will be on hand to discuss different tastes and trends in the industry. Guests will then enjoy Executive Chef Ivy Magruder’s special dinner for the event, which will have specific bourbon pairings to accompany each course.

The night at Gamlin will surely whet your whistle for the main Whiskey In The Winter showcase taking place on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 6pm to 9:30pm at the Hyatt Regency hotel Downtown. The festivities will include more than 200 spirits (all of which are available for tasting), various whiskey-inspired food stations and nine different educational seminars from industry experts.

Also, look for the local and national mixologists who will be shaking up specialty cocktails throughout the night. Be sure to steal a sip of the “Iced Toddy” from Bourbon Steak in Washington, D.C. featuring Knob Creek Rye or Olio’s “Coleridge Cocktail” made with 12-year-old Jameson, Becherovka (an herbal liquor), green tea and a splash of Amontillado sherry.

If your love for whiskeys runs deep, don’t pass up this chance to savor the favorite spirits of the season. Last year, nearly 800 people attended the inaugural Whiskey In The Winter festival, so be sure to get reservations and tickets for both events before they run out.

To make reservations for the Gamlin Whiskey House preview dinner on Nov. 21, call 314.875.9500 or visit their website. Each seat is $75 and cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets for Whiskey In The Winter at the Hyatt Regency can be purchased online and are $90 for general admission and $120 for VIP.

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