WhiskyWeek is Upon Us
By Roger Kamholz in Food on Apr 14, 2011 6:00PM
Dozens of whiskey makers are to town now for WhiskyFest. Templeton Rye even brought its own mobile speakeasy.
Chicago's temples to whiskey in all its forms - including Delilah's, Longman & Eagle, the Gage, Branch 27, the Twisted Spoke and others - have been playing host to visiting distillers and offering rare tipples all week. Among the upcoming events: starting at 8 p.m. tonight, Delilah's will be pouring a vertical tasting of Evan Williams Single Barrel bourbons from 1996 through 2001; and at 7 p.m., Branch 27 will host a five-course "educational dinner," pairing dishes with whiskeys from High West, a producer out of Park City, Utah ($50; call for seat availability).
On Friday, following the roster of WhiskyFest tastings and seminars at the Hyatt, industry folks will reconvene at after parties around town. For instance, representatives from New Holland Artisan Spirits will be heading to the Exchange Bar to show off their Zepplin Bend Malt Whiskey and to preview the yet-to-be-released Walleye Rye (starts at 10:30 p.m.). WhiskyWeek continues through Saturday, including a tour of Chicago's own Koval distillery and a launch party back at Delilah's for its latest whiskey releases (2 and 7 p.m., respectively). See the full lineup of WhiskyWeek events here.