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WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby mikeymad » Wed May 14, 2008 12:39 am

Just thought I would start a placeholder for the upcoming WhiskyFest in SF. Last years show was a monster.

October 10, 2008 (Friday this time)
6:30pm - 10:00pm (5:30pm for VIP)
San Francisco Marriott

Attendies:
    Me (so far)

Too early for a pour list but info from the site:

    Aberlour A'bunadh
    American Distilling Institute
    Anchor Brewing
    Ardbeg
    Ardmore
    The Arran Malt
    Auchentoshan
    Baker's
    The Balvenie
    Basil Hayden's
    BenRiach
    Beltramo's Wines & Spirits
    Bernheim
    Benromach
    Black Bottle
    Blanton's
    Booker's
    Bowmore
    Bruichladdich
    Buffalo Trace
    Bulleit
    Bunnahabhain
    Bushmills
    Canadian Club
    Clontarf
    Compass Box
    Connemara
    Cragganmore
    Crown Royal
    D&M Wines & Spirits
    Deanston
    Distilled Spirits Council
    Distillerie Francia
    Duncan Taylor
    E&J Distillers
    Eagle Rare
    Elijah Craig
    Elmer T. Lee
    Evan Williams
    Famous Grouse
    Forty Creek
    Four Roses
    George T. Stagg
    Glen Garioch
    Glencadam
    Glenfarclas
    Glenfiddich
    Glengoyne
    Glenkinchie
    The Glenlivet
    Glenmorangie
    The Glenrothes
    Goose Island
    Gordon & MacPhail
    Greenore
    Hazelburn
    Highland Park
    Isle of Jura
    Jack Daniels
    Jameson
    Jefferson's Reserve
    Johnnie Walker
    Junipero Gin
    K&L Wines & Spirits
    Knappogue Castle
    Knob Creek
    Lagavulin
    Laphroaig
    Ledaig
    Linlithgow
    Longrow
    The Macallan
    Mackillops Choice
    Malt Advocate magazine
    Michael Collins
    Michter's
    Midleton Very Rare
    Oban
    Old Forester
    Old Potrero
    Old Pulteney
    Parker's Heritage Collection
    Penderyn
    Redbreast
    Rhum Clement
    Ridgemont Reserve 1792
    Sam Houston
    Sazerac Rye
    Signatory
    The Singleton
    Smokehead
    Springbank
    Stranahan's
    Suntory Yamazaki
    Talisker
    Tomintoul
    Tullamore Dew
    Tyrconnell
    Unibroue
    U.S. Bartenders Guild
    Van Winkle
    Wild Turkey
    Willett
    Woodford Reserve

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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby bcrossan » Wed Jun 25, 2008 9:03 pm

Looks like I am going to come out to this... my first such event and I am excited to live it! :thumbsup:
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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby mikeymad » Wed Jun 25, 2008 11:09 pm

bcrossan wrote:Looks like I am going to come out to this... my first such event and I am excited to live it! :thumbsup:


Very good dcrossan. should not be disappointed based on last years show. Once we get more of a list of people together we will have to see about additional gatherings and 'tasting' sessions...

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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby lohssanami » Wed Jun 25, 2008 11:18 pm

I'm in...but this time, I'll be more aware of how much whisky I'm sampling. :dead:
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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby Ganga » Wed Jun 25, 2008 11:53 pm

October is a very busy month. I'll see about making it up for the event. I need to find out about the timing of other things. Looks like an interesting list. May have to at least make it a short trip up.
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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby bcrossan » Thu Jun 26, 2008 5:19 am

mikeymad wrote:
bcrossan wrote:Looks like I am going to come out to this... my first such event and I am excited to live it! :thumbsup:


Very good dcrossan. should not be disappointed based on last years show. Once we get more of a list of people together we will have to see about additional gatherings and 'tasting' sessions...

Cheers,


Good to hear... I am already planning my own tasting of some Irish at Cafe Buena Vista.... man those things go down smooth!! :coffee:
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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby bcrossan » Thu Jun 26, 2008 5:21 am

I think I know the answer but just want to confirm.... can bottles be purchased at this event??
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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby mikeymad » Thu Jun 26, 2008 6:29 am

K&L Wines is the merchant store for this event. So they will have a list of beverages for purchase at the event at a discount (normally). They are not bottles you walk away with, but for order. Either by pickup or delivery.

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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby lohssanami » Thu Jun 26, 2008 8:58 am

Hey bcrossan...if you want to pick them up while you are here, I can give you a tour of K&L and Beltramos while you're in town.

Let me know...
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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby WhiskyViking » Thu Jun 26, 2008 9:15 am

I recon everybody will be lining up infront of the Macallan-tables:

Some very, very big Macallan news!

Current and past Master Distillers and Managing Directors will each create one unique bottle of Macallan. The contents inside each bottling will be offered one dram at a time to lucky attendees who provide a donation to charity.
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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby bcrossan » Thu Jun 26, 2008 7:43 pm

WhiskyViking wrote:I recon everybody will be lining up infront of the Macallan-tables:

Some very, very big Macallan news!

Current and past Master Distillers and Managing Directors will each create one unique bottle of Macallan. The contents inside each bottling will be offered one dram at a time to lucky attendees who provide a donation to charity.


I know I will be!! :thumbsup:
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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby bcrossan » Thu Jun 26, 2008 11:10 pm

lohssanami wrote:Hey bcrossan...if you want to pick them up while you are here, I can give you a tour of K&L and Beltramos while you're in town.

Let me know...


Are these the good local whiskey stores?
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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby mikeymad » Fri Jun 27, 2008 12:40 am

Yes they are, and both are on-line:

http://www.klwines.com/

http://www.beltramos.com/
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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby lohssanami » Fri Jun 27, 2008 2:21 am

mikeymad wrote:Yes they are, and both are on-line:

http://www.klwines.com/

http://www.beltramos.com/


They are almost walking distance from each other, and if you decide to purchase something at the Fest, you can probably pick it up from the store before you leave. If you would rather put it in your suitcase...
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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby bcrossan » Tue Jul 29, 2008 9:40 pm

Good stuff for those going in October!! :thumbsup:

Final Rare Whiskies Line-up for WhiskyFest San Francisco
July 25th, 2008
Here's the final list of rare whiskies being poured for charity at WhiskyFest San Francisco on October 10th, 2008. Attendees at WhiskyFest will have the opportunity to sample these whiskies for a small charitable donation.

Glenfarclas "Family Cask" Vintages:

1955
1968
1974
1989
1994

The Glenlivet Cellar Collection:

1959
1964
1969
1972
1983

The Macallan:

Unique, individual, bottles (bottles 1 of 1) of Macallan created by current and retired Macallan Master Distillers and Managing Directors, listed below.

Bob Dalgarno (current Master Distiller)
Frank Newlands (retired Master Distiller)
Sandy Curle (retired Master Distiller)
Willie Phillips (retired Managing Director)



This will be a very special evening. And given this is only our second WhiskyFest in San Francisco, we don't expect the crowd to be as big as our two other events in New York and Chicago. So, if you can only go to one whisky festival in the U.S. this year, this is the one to go to.

It is our goal to offer similar rare, special whiskies-all for charity-at future WhiskyFests, so stay tuned.



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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby mikeymad » Tue Jul 29, 2008 10:00 pm

thanks for the update bcrossan

that John knows a lot....


Need to order my tickets soon...

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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby bcrossan » Tue Jul 29, 2008 10:17 pm

I just noticed that on the Brandy Library's menu in NYC they have a 1962 Glenlivet Cellar Collection on their menu that runs $450 (2 oz pour). The 1972 is $150. So looks like they will have some good stuff that most people would never pay full price to sample :thumbsup: And after all, its for charity! :mrgreen: :angel:
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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby Ganga » Mon Aug 25, 2008 11:21 pm

I thought I'd revive the thread. To see what folks will be attending and remind Mikey to post anything about other goings on surrounding this event.
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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Aug 25, 2008 11:35 pm

WhiskyViking wrote:I recon everybody will be lining up infront of the Macallan-tables:

Some very, very big Macallan news!

Current and past Master Distillers and Managing Directors will each create one unique bottle of Macallan. The contents inside each bottling will be offered one dram at a time to lucky attendees who provide a donation to charity.

Mikey be careful not to get arrested as a pest and put upon the Macallan abusers register. :wink:
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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby bcrossan » Tue Aug 26, 2008 4:54 pm

Ganga wrote:I thought I'd revive the thread. To see what folks will be attending and remind Mikey to post anything about other goings on surrounding this event.


I am coming for sure. Have my tickets, hotel, and airfare already! :thumbsup:
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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby mikeymad » Fri Aug 29, 2008 2:19 am

Glad to see you are still onboard Bcrossan.

K&L will be pouring their new bottlings at the show:

The New K & L Exclusive Casks:
1989 Bruichladdich From Signatory
1990 Glen Grant From Gordon & MacPhail

The start of many good things to be at the show I hope....

Just need to figure out what the donations are for all the 'farclas family casks.

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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby mikeymad » Tue Sep 09, 2008 11:48 pm

One Ticket for the show ordered - VIP....

Special bottles there:

A Truly Special Offering
We have three big additions to WhiskyFest San Francisco. What better way than to have the availability to taste whiskies that are impossible to find or just too expensive? The folks at The Macallan, The Glenlivet, and Glenfarclas have agreed to donate fantastic bottlings which will be available to taste one dram at a time to lucky attendees who provide a small donation to charity.

First, current and past Master Distillers and Managing Directors of The Macallan Distillery will each create one unique bottle of Macallan. Current Master Distiller Bob Dalgarno, past Master Distillers Frank Newlands and Sandy Curle, along with former Managing Director Willie Phillips all will be participating. They will each use their talents to create one bottle of Macallan whisky to their liking and specification. Each will be bottle #1 of only 1, never to be reproduced or replicated ever again. As Ken Grier, Marketing Director for Macallan described, "This is like Led Zeppelin reforming for one concert. We have never done anything like this before."

Secondly, for everyone who simply can't afford to purchase a bottle of The Family Casks spanning 43 vintage from 1952 to 1994, Glenfarclas is donating one bottle from each decade to our charity table. WhiskyFest San Francisco attendees will be able to taste a wee dram a Glenfarclas whisky from one of five different decades and will include bottlings from 1955, 1968, 1974, 1989 and 1994. This is an extra special treat for those of us in the U.S. given that The Family Casks whiskies were never sold in the U.S.

And lastly, all of The Glenlivet Cellar Collection whiskies imported to the U.S. will be available in the charity section. The Glenlivet Cellar Collection whiskies are rare, old, extremely limited and quite expensive vintage releases carefully chosen from the Glenlivet warehouses. They are selected one vintage at a time. One is released every couple of years. All have been quite good. Some, like the 1959 vintage, have been absolutely amazing!
Five vintages have been released over the past decade: 1959, 1964, 1972, 1983, and the just-released 1969 Vintage. All will be at WhiskyFest San Francisco.

Whiskies at the charity tables are half ounce pours and can be purchased for one charity ticket (cost $20 donation) except the following: all Macallans, 1955 Glenfarclas, 1959 and 1964 Glenlivet which require two charity tickets ($40 donation).


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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby mikeymad » Tue Sep 09, 2008 11:51 pm

So I guess the real question if you are going to have a bottle by one of the past masters of Macallan who would it be:

Bob Dalgarno (current Master Distiller)
Frank Newlands (retired Master Distiller)
Sandy Curle (retired Master Distiller)
Willie Phillips (retired Managing Director)

At $40 donation. I would like to try one, I guess I will have to research these guess to find out what I might like.

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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby tmaufer » Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:51 am

I'll be there and would love to meet any readers of my blog. See my .sig for the link. Last year's event was great, and this one's looks to be bigger and better.

BTW, two other whisky retailers are in the city: D&M and John Walker. The latter is in walking distance of the hotel. Links are in my blogroll under the "retail" category.
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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby martin grant » Wed Sep 10, 2008 10:23 am

This event looks like it could be really really good. The list of attendees looks pretty extensive and the chance to try the rare bottlings such as the Glenfarclas and the Macallans especially sounds really special.

Looking forward to reading reports about it after the event.

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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby Ganga » Fri Sep 12, 2008 7:12 pm

Gents,

I'm working on making it up to the Bay Area for that weekend (although I don't know about the show). Would love to meet up with the folks of the forum regardless. Will post more once I have further info.
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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby mikeymad » Sun Sep 14, 2008 4:17 am

Turning into a whisky week up here....... I might be going to the Traverso's Sig tasting right now, and I am curious to see what noonen's comes up with (great place).

Cheers,



Welcome to WhiskyWeek San Francisco!

During the week of October 6th, whisky enthusiasts can enjoy a number of whisky-related events that will be held at establishments in and around the San Francisco area in the days leading up to WhiskyWeek's anchor event ,WhiskyFest San Francisco, on October 10th.

Many distillery representatives including distillery managers and master blenders will be in town during WhiskyWeek; bars and restaurants are taking full advantage of this by planning some interesting tastings and dinners. Below is the listing of events to date. Please check back as we will be updating this list weekly.

As whisky events are announced, we'll post this information here so please check back. If you are interested in being added to our email list, we'll let you know when the event list has been updated.

Whisky Week Events

Friday, October 10th


Malt Advocate magazine presents WhiskyFest San Francisco
The grand-daddy of all whisky events. More than 250 of the world's finest whiskies from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Canada, Japan and the U.S. available for sampling, seminars by distillery managers and master blenders, and gourmet buffet all evening and so much more. In addition to an amazing variety of whiskies, Malt Advocate has teamed up with The Macallan, Glenfarclas and The Glenlivet to offer attendees one-in-a-lifetime taste of very rare whiskies for a small charitable donation. 100% of these proceeds will benefit Food Runners of San Francisco. Many of these whiskies are bottles 1 of 1 and will never to be repeated. Advance ticket sales only. This will sell out! Sponsored by The Wall Street Journal.

San Francisco Marriott
4th and Market
Time: 6:30 to 10:00pm
Cost: General admission: $110
VIP admission: $150 (one hour early entrance at 5:30 when attendance is limited, enjoy tasting very special VIP-only whiskies, and canvas tote bag)
Order tickets online at http://www.maltadvocate.com or by phone at 800-610-MALT.

Thursday, October 9th

Wild Turkey Tasting with Master Distiller Jimmy Russell
Elixir
16th and Guerrero
6 to 8 pm
415-552-1633

Tasting of all Cooley's Irish whiskies
Elixir
16th and Guerrero
8 to 10pm
415-552-1633

Willett Tasting at Rye Bar
Rare barrel samples and one-of-a-kind products being poured
Rye Bar
688 Geary
More info to come
415-474-4448

Yamazaki tasting with Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson at Lingba
Tasting of different Suntory Yamazaki expressions. Space is limited to 35 guests.
Lingba
1469 18th St.
6 to 9 pm
Cost: $20 and includes appetizers
cody@lingba.com

Gordon & MacPhail/Benromach tasting
Conducted by Michael Urquhart
Ledgers Liquor
510-540-9243
singlemalts@sbcglobal.net

Willett Tasting at Absinthe
Absinthe
398 Hayes St.
More info to come
415-551-1590

Signatory / Edradour Tasting
Conducted by Ed Kohl
Coit Liquor
415-986-4036
saintvinni@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 8th

Rye Cocktail competition featuring Michter's
Ten of San Francisco's best bartenders will compete for cash and bragging rights. The event is open to the public and there will be complimentary Michter's cocktails and appetizers.
Rye
688 Geary
415-474-4448

Signatory and Gordon & MacPhail tasting
Conducted by Ed Kohl and Michael Urquhart and sponsored by D&M Liquors
Presidio Golf Club Clubhouse
8 Presidio Terrace
San Francisco, CA 94118
For reservations, contact D&M Liquors at 415-346-1325
wine@dnai.com

Compass Box dinner at the Paragon
Join Compass Box Founder John Glaser for an evening of Whisky and Food pairings at the Paragon Restaurant in San Francisco. Chef Spencer O'Meara has prepared a 3-course dinner to complement the Compass Box portfolio. They will also be debuting the US release of Hedonism Maximus and The Peat Monster Reserve Magnum.
6:30 pm: Whiskey cocktails and amuse bouche
7:00pm: dinner (menu to follow)
$60/person plus tax and gratuity
Please RSVP to:Jeremy@paragonrestaurant.com
http://www.paragonrestaurant.com

Four Roses Tasting
Elixir
16th and Guerrero
7 to 9pm
415-552-1633

Tuesday, October 7th

Battle of the Independent Bottlers (Signatory and Gordon & MacPhail) sponsored by K&L Wine
Come and join Ed Kohl with Signatory and Michael Urquhart with Gordon & MacPhail for the Single Malt Battle Of 2008! This is a great opportunity to taste and compare single malts from four different regions of Scotland. This tasting will of course include K & L Wine & Spirits' two exclusive casks! There will be a special discount on malts that are purchased the night of the tasting.
La Boheme Restaurant
1425 Burlingame Avenue
Burlingame
Cost: $50 (paid in advance)
Time: 6 to 9 pm
For reservations, contact Susan Purnell at K&L Wines: 800-247-5987 ext. 2727 or via email at susanpurnell@klwines.com

Compass Box Whisky Dinner
Stark's Steak House in Santa Rosa
More details to come

Sunday, October 5th

Signatory/ Edradour/Tullibardine tasting
Conducted by Ed Kohl
Traverso's Santa Rosa
2:30pm - 4:30pm
ciao@callatg.com.
707- 542-2530

Pending Events:

Whiskey Open House at Noonan's Bar and Grill
Come survey and sample from the Bay Area's largest selection of whiskey from all over the world.
Appetizers will be served
Noonan's Bar and Grill
2233 Larkspur Landing Circle
Larkspur, CA
6 to 10 pm
Date: TBD
More info to come
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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby Ganga » Tue Sep 16, 2008 11:32 pm

Grrrr. Everything went to *^%$ this week. I won't be able to make it up in October. Sorry gents.
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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby bcrossan » Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:29 pm

Ganga wrote:Grrrr. Everything went to *^%$ this week. I won't be able to make it up in October. Sorry gents.



Bummer... it will be tough to enjoy all those malts without you... but I am sure we will work through it :D :D :smoke:
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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby mikeymad » Wed Sep 24, 2008 2:15 am

Pour list posted......


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Everyone at Malt Advocate magazine is looking forward to seeing you at WhiskyFest San Francisco on October 10th. We wanted to let you know about the whiskies, special whisky experts, seminars and other whisky-related happenings going on during the week of October 6th.

VIP Registration
Registration will open for VIP ticket holders at 5:00 pm. This will give our staff time to process your registration before the ballroom opens at 5:30. You must be 21 years of age to enter, and event security will be checking photo IDs at the door.


Save time at the event
Please complete your WhiskyFest ticket stub before you arrive at the event as this will save you time once you get to registration. The signed ticket is required for your Glencairn glass. We use this information only to contact you about future WhiskyFest events. We never share your information with any other parties.

Wait 'til you see the whisky list!
To see the up-do-date list of the whiskies that will be poured, please check out http://www.maltadvocate.com/whiskeyfest-sf-whlist.asp. Many whisky companies have decided to pour some very special whiskies during the evening, especially during the VIP hour only.

Speaker Info
The speaker schedule and seminar topics can now be viewed at
http://www.maltadvocate.com/whiskeyfest-sf-sched.asp. The seminars begin at 7 pm. If you are interested in seeing a particular speaker, we urge you to get your seats early as it's first come, first served.

Special Guests
Here are just some of the special whisky experts who will be in attendance at WhiskyFest San Francisco: Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller, Wild Turkey; Lincoln Henderson, Whisky Expert, Suntory; Ian Millar, Glenfiddich Global Ambassador; Noel Sweeney, Master Blender, Cooley; Julian Van Winkle, J.P. Van Winkle & Sons; Jim Rutledge, Master Distiller, Four Roses; Simon Brooking, Laphroaig; Euan Shand, Duncan Taylor; Alistair Walker, BenRiach; Peter Currie, Springbank; Stephen Beal, The Classic Malts; Lorne Mackillop, Mackillop's Choice; Euan Mitchell, Isle of Arran; Dan Tullio, Canadian Club; Michael Urquhart, Gordon and MacPhail; Andrew Gray, Bruichladdich; Karen Fullerton, Dewar's; John Glaser, Whisky Maker, Compass Box; and Jess Graber, Stranahan's. We'll keep updating this list as more information comes in.

Sample Size
Due to California liquor regulations, all exhibitors will be adhering to a quarter-ounce pour size.

A Truly Special Offering
In addition to an amazing list of whiskies being poured the night of WhiskyFest, Malt Advocate magazine has teamed up with The Macallan, The Glenlivet, and Glenfarclas to offer attendees a once-in-a-lifetime taste of very rare whiskies for a small charitable donation.

Whiskies at these three designated charity tables are half ounce pours and can be purchased for one charity ticket (cost $20 donation) except the following: all Macallans, 1955 Glenfarclas, 1959 and 1964 Glenlivet which require two charity tickets ($40 donation).

100% of the proceeds from these tables will go to the Food Runners of San Francisco,a volunteer organization dedicated to alleviating hunger in San Francisco. Food Runners deliver over 10 tons of food a week to agencies feeding people in need.

Tickets can be purchased through the Malt Advocate website or at the Malt Advocate table the night of WhiskyFest. For more info, go to http://www.maltadvocate.com/whiskeyfest-sf-updates.asp

Malt Advocate table
Come visit us at the Malt Advocate table which will be located just inside of the Ballroom doors. The Charity Whisky tickets will be on sale here. We'll also have lots of whisky-related items for sale such as books, glassware and WhiskyFest apparel.

Last pour
Please note that the last pour at WhiskyFest will be at 9:45 pm as the event must end promptly at 10 pm. This will give you plenty of time to finish your last drink and socialize until the event ends.

No briefcases or backpacks
No briefcases or backpacks will be allowed in the ballroom for security reasons. Coat check will hold these items for you if you have to bring either of these items with you to WhiskyFest.

Please don't drive to WhiskyFest
Our number one priority is that everyone attending WhiskyFest gets home safely. There are a number of options available so that driving to the event is completely unnecessary. We urge you to take public transportation or stay the night at the hotel.



WhiskyWeek San Francisco Events

So many woderful restaurants and bars are hosting whisky-related events in the days leading up to WhiskyFest that we are calling it WhiskyWeek San Francisco! Below you will see what events have been planned to date and we're adding to this list frequently. Please check the WhiskyWeek page of our website http://www.maltadvocate.com/whiskeyweek-sf.asp over the next two weeks to see what additions have been posted.

All Week Long

Whisky Cocktails from around the world
Bourbon and Branch
501 Jones St.
San Francisco
415-346-1735



Sunday, October 5th

Signatory/ Edradour/Tullibardine tasting
Conducted by Ed Kohl
Traverso's Santa Rosa
2:30pm - 4:30pm
ciao@callatg.com.
707-542-2530


Monday, Oct. 6th


Canadian Club Club Tasting

Kick off the week with another of our 150th Anniversary parties! Canadian Club and Elixir: BOTH celebrating 150th Anniversaries! 150 year old pricing for whiskey cocktails: 2 Bits! Plus a tasting of these Canadian whiskies: CC 6 year, CC Reserve (10 year), CC Classic (12 year), & 8 year Sherry Cask

Elixir
16th and Guerrero
7 to 9pm
415-552-1633



Tuesday, October 7th


Battle of the Independent Bottlers (Signatory and Gordon & MacPhail) sponsored by K&L Wine

Come and join Ed Kohl with Signatory and Michael Urquhart with Gordon & MacPhail for the Single Malt Battle Of 2008! This is a great opportunity to taste and compare single malts from four different regions of Scotland. This tasting will of course include K & L Wine & Spirits' two exclusive casks! There will be a special discount on malts that are purchased the night of the tasting.

La Boheme Restaurant
1425 Burlingame Avenue
Burlingame, CA
Cost: $50 (paid in advance)
Time: 6 to 9 pm

For reservations, contact Susan Purnell at K&L Wines: 800-247-5987 ext. 2727 or via email at susanpurnell@klwines.com





Compass Box Whisky Dinner

Traverso's and Stark's Steakhouse team up once again for a Scotch dinner with Compass Box Whisky's John Glaser.

Stark's Steakhouse
521 Adams Street
Santa Rosa
Time: 6:30 pm
COST: Five Course Dinner with Scotch Pairing $110.00 plus tax and tip
Contact Stark's Steakhouse 707-546-5100 For Reservations

All whiskies will be available for pre-sell purchase at special discount pricing.





Glenmorangie Tasting with US Brand Ambassador David Blackmore

The full line of the original line of Glenmorangie to be finished in various barrels
Elixir
16th and Guerrero
San Francisco
7 to 9pm
415-552-1633



Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage Tasting
83 Proof
83 1st St.
San Francisco
Time: 5 pm
415-296-8383



The Whisky Tour at Broken Record
Come try High West's Rye Whiskey; Eades Double Malts Speyside, Highland and Islay; The Alchemist Springbank and Highland Park; John McDougall's Islay and Bladnoch; and The Wild Scotsman's Vatted Malt and Mortlach. And a few others friends.
Time: 6 to 9 pm
$20 in advance; $30 at the door
The Broken Record
1166 Geneva Ave.
San Francisco
415-963-1713



Wednesday, October 8th


Rye Cocktail competition featuring Michter's

Ten of San Francisco's best bartenders will compete for cash and bragging rights. The event is open to the public and there will be complimentary Michter's cocktails and appetizers.

Rye
688 Geary
San Francisco
415-474-4448



Four Roses Tasting with Master Distiller Jim Rutledge

Come discover the classic bourbon that only recently became available in California, including 3 expressions and all of the stories.
Elixir
16th and Guerrero
San Francisco
7 to 9pm
415-552-1633



Guest Bartender John Glaser, Founder and Master Blender, Compass Box Whisky at Elixir

It's a very special Elixir Charity Guest Bartending (ECGB) event with a celebrity guest bartender. Come enjoy Compass Box cocktails (including some made with the new MAGNUMS of Peat Monster Reserve) designed by both Elixir's H. Joseph Ehrmann and Compass Box's John Glaser as they mix up drinks for charity! The night's tips and the profits from the sale of Compass Box cocktails will be donated to a charity of John's choosing (TBA).

This is a rare opportunity to see one of the world's most talented and maverick whiskey blenders behind the classic Elixir stick, making cocktails!

Elixir
16th and Guerrero
San Francisco
9pm until ??
415-552-1633



Signatory and Gordon & MacPhail tasting
Conducted by Ed Kohl and Michael Urquhart and sponsored by D&M Liquors

Presidio Golf Club Clubhouse
8 Presidio Terrace
San Francisco
For reservations, contact D&M Liquors at 415-346-1325
wine@dnai.com





Van Winkle, Sazerac and Michter's US1 Rye Tasting and Cocktails

Check out 83 Proof for tastings and cocktails made from Van Winkle 13 year old rye,
Sazerac 6 year old rye and Michter's US1 rye
Time: 5 pm
83 Proof
83 1st St.
San Francisco
415-296-8383





Whisky Dinner with Evan Cattanach, Master Distiller, The Classic Malts sponsored by Jackson's Wine & Spirits

Enjoy a wonderful dinner paired with many of the Classic Malts expressions. Some rare editions are expected.
Metro Lafayette
3524 Mt. Diablo Blvd
Lafayette, CA
7 to 9 pm
Cost: $50
For reservations and information: 925-284-4100





Whisky Dinner at Fior d'Italia sponsored by Coit Liquor and TheWhiskyTour.com

Enjoy a 6 course meal paired with whiskies and meet David Perkins from the High West distillery, Chris Allwood from Eades Double Malts, Jeff Topping "The Wild Scotsman" and Peter Wilkins representing the Alchemist.

Fior d'Italia Restaurant
2237 Mason St.
San Francisco
7:30 - 9:30 pm
$40 advance purchase only
RSVP: Coit Liquor at 800-255-COIT
Menu to be finalized soon.



Thursday, October 9th


Compass Box dinner at the Paragon

Join Compass Box Founder John Glaser for an evening of Whisky and Food pairings at the Paragon Restaurant in San Francisco. Chef Spencer O'Meara has prepared a 3-course dinner to complement the Compass Box portfolio. They will also be debuting the US release of Hedonism Maximus and The Peat Monster Reserve Magnum.

6:30 pm: Whiskey cocktails and amuse bouche
7:00pm: dinner (menu to follow)
$60/person plus tax and gratuity
Paragon Restaurant
701 2nd Street
San Francisco
Please RSVP to: Jeremy@paragonrestaurant.com
http://www.paragonrestaurant.com





Wild Turkey Tasting with Master Distiller Jimmy Russell

Come meet the legendary distillery of these great whiskies and taste his ryes and bourbons. We'll be doing Polaroid photos with Mr. Russell.
Elixir
16th and Guerrero
San Francisco
6 to 8 pm
415-552-1633



Tasting of all Cooley's Irish whiskies with Global Brand Ambassador John Cashman

Ireland's only independent distillery produces some unique brands like Connemara and Tyrconnell as well as the popular Kilbeggan. Come see what the major spirits companies don't own in Ireland...and why.

Elixir
16th and Guerrero
San Francisco
8 to 10 pm
415-552-1633


Willett Tasting at Rye Bar
Rare barrel samples and one-of-a-kind products being poured
Rye Bar
688 Geary
San Francisco
415-474-4448


Yamazaki tasting with Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson at Lingba
Tasting of different Suntory Yamazaki expressions. Space is limited to 35 guests.
Lingba
1469 18th St.
San Francisco
6 to 9 pm
Cost: $20 and includes appetizers
415-355-0001





Mini-Great Whiskey Debate at Nihon

Whiskey Professor David Mays and Malt Master Simon Brooking will debate the merits of Scotch and Bourbon in an informal setting with cocktails, tastings, and passed hors d'oeurves

Time: 5:30 to 6:30 Cocktails
6:30 to 7:30 Whiskey Debate
Nihon
1779 Folsom Street
San Francisco
415-552-4400





Gordon & MacPhail/Benromach tasting

Conducted by Michael Urquhart
Ledgers Liquor
1399 University Avenue
Berkeley
510-540-9243
singlemalts@sbcglobal.net


Whisky tasting and bottle signing with Simon Brooking at The Whisky Shop

Come and meet Simon Brooking, Malt Master Ambassador and taste Teacher's, Ardmore and the range of Laphroaig (including the 30 year old)

The Whisky Shop
360 Sutter Street
San Francisco
415-989-1030
1 to 4 pm
http://www.whiskyshopusa.com



Whisky Dinner at the Grand Pu Bah Restaurant

Enjoy a 5 course meal and whiskies at the Grand Pu Bah with David Perkins from High West, Peter Wilkins importer of The Alchemist, Chris Allwood from Eades Double Malts and Jeff Topping "the Wild Scotsman." There will be a special additional selection after dinner.
The Grand Pu Bah Restaurant
88 Division St
San Francisco
Cost: $55 per person
RSVP: 415-255-8188; seating is limited


Saturday, October 11th

Wild Turkey bottling signing at Beltramo's
Master Distiller Jimmy Russell will be in Beltramo's signing bottles and telling the Wild Turkey Story
1 to 4 pm
1540 El Camino Real
Menlo Park
888-710-WINE

We look forward to seeing you at WhiskyFest San Francisco!
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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby mikeymad » Wed Sep 24, 2008 2:22 am

Just in case you don't want to read all that and follow the link...... I give you the pour list....


Aberfeldy
12 yr.
21 yr.

Aberlour A'Bunadh

A.D. Rattray
Glen Spey 30 yr. (VIP hour only)
Balblair 16 yr.

The Alchemist
Springbank 10 yr. Port matured
Highland Park 15 yr.

American Distilling Institute

Anchor Brewing
Various

Ardbeg
10 yr.
Airigh Nam Beist
Uigeadail

Ardmore 12 yr.

Arran
10 yr.
Madeira Cask
Sherry Single Cask
Bourbon Single Cask

Auchentoshan
12 yr.
Three Wood

Ballechin Portwood Finish

Balvenie
12 yr. Doublewood
15 yr. Single Barrel
17 yr. Rum Cask
21 yr. Portwood

Beltramo's Cask
Highland Park 15 yr.
Highland Park 19 yr.
Glenfarclas 15 yr.
Sazerac 6 yr.
Glenfarclas 35 yr. (VIP hour only)

BenRiach
16 yr.
21 yr. Authenticus
15 yr. Port
12 yr. Rum

Benromach Organic

Bernheim Original

Black Bottle Original

Blue Ice
Vodka
Organic Wheat
Gabriel Boudier
Gabriel Boudier Saffron Gin

Bowmore
12 yr.
15 yr.
18 yr.

Bruichladdich
Rocks
Waves
1998 Manzanilla Sherry Cask
1993 Italian Collection-Bolgheri Cask
Links 15 yr. Torry Pines

Buchanan's
12 yr. De Luxe
18 yr. Special Reserve
Red Seal (VIP hour only)

Buffalo Trace
Buffalo Trace
Eagle Rare Single Barrel
Blanton's Single Barrel
Sazerac Straight Rye
George T. Stagg

Bulleit Bourbon

Bunnahabhain
12 yr.
18 yr.

Bushmills
Black Bush
10 yr.
16 yr.
21 yr.
1608 (VIP hour only)

Canadian Club
6 yr.
Reserve 10 yr.
Classic 12 yr.
Sherry Cask

Clear Madness

Clontarf
Irish Whiskey
Single Malt

Compass Box
Peat Monster Reserve
Limited Release Magnum
Flaming Heart
Limited Release Oak Cross
Limited Release Hedonism

Connemara
PSM
Cask
12 yr.

Cragganmore Distiller's Edition (VIP hour only)

Craigellachie 16 yr.

Crop Vodka
Artisanal
Cucumber
Tomato

Crown Royal
Special Reserve
Cask 16 yr. (VIP hour only)
XR

D&M Duncan Taylor
Imperial 18 yr.
Aberlour 12 yr.
D&M Gordon & MacPhail Glenlossie 19 yr.
D&M Sazerac 6 yr.

Dalmore
12 yr.
Gran Reserva
15 yr.

Dewar's
12 yr.
Signature

Distilled Spirits Council

Duncan Taylor
ROR 1982 Linlithgow 21 yr old
NC2 1991 Glen Elgin 16 yr old
1969 Tamdhu 34 yr old
1970 Glen Grant 37 yr old

E&J Brandy
VSOP
XO

Eades Double Malt
Speyside
Highland
Islay

Elijah Craig
12 yr.
18 yr.

Evan Williams

The Famous Grouse
Finest
Malt 12 yr.
Malt 18 yr.

Forty Creek Barrel Select

Four Roses
Yellow
Small Batch
Single Barrel

Glen Garioch 15 yr.

Glencadam 17 yr.

Glenfarclas
12 yr.
17 yr.
21 yr.
25 yr.
105 Cask Proof

Glenfiddich
12 yr.
15 yr.
18 yr.
21 yr.

Glengoyne
10 yr.
16 yr. Scottish Oak limited Edition
17 yr.

The Glenlivet
15 yr.
Nadurra 16 yr.
18 yr.
21 yr.
25 yr.

The Glenrothes
Select Reserve
1991
1985
1975

Goose Island Brewing
Various

Gordon & MacPhail
Imperial Port Wood Finish 15 yr.
Mortlach Cask Strength 13 yr.
Port Ellen 25 yr.
Convalmore 22 yr.

Greenore 15 (VIP hour only)

Hazelburn

Highland Park
12 yr.
15 yr.
18 yr.
25 yr.
30 yr.

Isle of Jura
10 yr.
16 yr.
21 yr.
Superstition

Jack Daniel's
Tennessee Whiskey
Gentlemen Jack
Single Barrel

Jameson
Standard
Rare Vintage Reserve

Jefferson's Reserve
Jefferson's Bourbon
Jefferson's Reserve

John McDougall's Selection:
Bladnoch 15 yr.
Islay 13 yr.

Johnnie Walker
Green
Black
Gold
Blue (VIP hour only)

Junipero Gin

K&L Wine Merchants:
Signatory Bruichladdich 1998
Gordon & MacPhail Bruichladdich 1990
Murray McDavid Mortlach 1993
Port Charlotte Single Malt

Knappogue Castle 1995

Lagavulin 16 yr.

Laphroaig
Quarter Cask
10 yr.
15 yr.

LeDaig 10 yr.

Longrow
10 yr.
10 yr. 100 proof
14 yr.

The Macallan:
Sherry Oak 12 yr.
Fine Oak 15 yr.
Fine Oak 17 yr.
Sherry Oak 18 yr.
Cask Strength

Michael Collins
Irish Whiskey
Single Malt
Michter's
US 1 Bourbon
US 1 Rye
US 1 American Whiskey
10 yr. old Bourbon
10 yr. old Rye

Midleton

Monterey Rye
American Oak
French Oak
Hungarian Oak

Oban 14 yr.

Old Forester
ld Forester
Signature
Birthday Bourbon - 2008 Edition

Old Potrero

Old Pulteney
12 yr.
17 yr.
21 yr.

Penderyn
Sherrywood
Peated

Redbreast

High West Rendezvous Rye

Rhum Clement
V.S.O.P.
Cuvee Homere
X.O.
Rhum J.M.
V.S.O.P.
1997 Cask Strength

1792 Ridgemont Reserve

Sam Houston

Signatory
1991 Royal Lochnagar 16 yr
1992 Tullibardine Sherry wood finish
Glen Grant

Single Vodka

The Singleton of Glendullan

Small Batch
Knob Creek
Basil Hayden
Booker's
Baker's

Speyburn

Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey

Strathmill 31 yr. (VIP hour only)

Stronachie
31 yr (VIP hour only)
12 yr.

Suntory Yamazaki
12 yr.
18 yr.

Talisker 10 yr.

Tobermory 15 yr.

Tullamore Dew
Original
12 yr.
10 yr.
Crocks

Tyrconnell
Standard
10 yr. Sherry Finish

U.S. Bartender's Guild

Unibroue
Blanch de Chambly
Maudite
La Fin du Monde
Trois Pistoles
Quatre Cetieme 400 yr. Anniv.

Van Winkle
Pappy Van Winkle 15 yr.
Pappy Van Winkle 20 yr.
Pappy Van Winkle 23 yr.

Wild Scotsman Mortlach 13 yr.

Wild Turkey
Rare Breed
Kentucky Spirit
Russell's Reserve Bourbon
Russell's Reserve Rye
American Honey

Willett Single Barrel Rye

Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select

Zacapa 23 Rum
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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby mikeymad » Tue Sep 30, 2008 1:37 am

:) :) :) :)


Role Call !!!!!! ! !

:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Looking at going to the taisting on the 5th in Santa Rosa as well. and maybe another one in the area that week.

Let me know your thoughts.

Cheers,
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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby azazel » Thu Oct 02, 2008 4:59 pm

I don't suppose any of you guys know of a bar in the San Francisco likely to be showing the Scotland v Norway football match the morning after the festival?
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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby mikeymad » Mon Oct 06, 2008 7:58 pm

Sorry azazel I can't help you with your request. I would say look for some pubs in your area. I know that you should be able to find it.

5 day countdown.... !!!!!!

Looking forward to the show....

Cheers,
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Re: WhiskyFest - San Francisco - October 2008

Postby Ganga » Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:32 pm

I'll toast you guys from the House of S'tan. Really looking forward to everyone's reports on the show. Have a good time everyone.
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