After months of planning and pleading from local sponsors and the Parks Board, Leff is proud to announce that the first East Nashville Beer Fest has been approved and is a go for April 9 at the East Bank Greenway. Organizers plan to make it an annual event.
Fifty percent of proceeds from the East Nashville Beer Festival will go to RideForReading.org, a group whose mission is to promote literacy and healthy living through the distribution of books via bicycle to children living in low-income neighborhoods. Tickets are due to go on sale later this month, so if you want to be first in line follow them on Twitter, Facebook or at the official web site.
If you prefer the hard stuff and are willing to travel farther than 10 blocks across the Cumberland River, then you might want to check out WhiskyFest, the country's premier whiskey event for both novice and seasoned enthusiasts. There's no better place to learn about and enjoy whiskeys, and to meet the whiskey makers themselves.
Sharp-eyed readers will notice that the previous paragraph spells "whiskey" as "whisky." This bugs the heck out of me and my talented editrix, Dana. But since this event features more than just American-style whiskeys (there, I said it), the organizers prefer to leave out the "e," even though the New York Times style book disagrees. I just don't want you to go Googling WhiskEyFest and miss out on all the fun.
[Editrix's note: We would never tamper with an event's proper name, so WhiskyFest it is. However, The Associated Press Stylebook (the true journalists' bible — who cares about The New York Times) says "whisky" is allowed only in this exact phrase: "Scotch whisky." So any references in the paragraph above that are not part of the event's proper name have been changed to "whiskey" to protect the innocent ... I mean the journalistically correct. Sorry, Chris!]
Regular admission to any of the WhiskyFest events is $135, and $50 more buys you VIP status and an extra hour in the tasting room with the liquor reps pouring their best stuff before the wretched rabble crash the gates.
There are three opportunities to get your whiskey on this year:
Friday, April 15, 2011 | 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Chicago on the River Walk
WhiskyFest San Francisco
Friday, Oct. 7, 2011 | 6:30-9:30 p.m.
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
WhiskyFest New York
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 | 6:30-9:30 p.m.
New York Marriott Marquis
From the official invite:
At WhiskyFest 2011, more than 250 of the world's finest, rarest and most expensive whiskies will be available for sampling, featuring the finest single malt and blended Scotch whiskies, the best bourbons and Tennessee whiskeys, top of the line Irish whiskeys, and the best from Canada, Japan and India. Distillery representatives will be on hand at the pouring booths to explain how the whiskies are made.
Tickets are on sale now at maltadvocate.com and events sell out. Buy yours today to guarantee your spot at the premier event for whisky enthusiasts!
Hopefully, we can see you at one of these events this year.