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2016 San Antonio Cocktail Conference Recap

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Editor’s Note: We’re pleased to share this post from Kristian Jaime of Kristian Jaime Photography. Kristian supplied recap photos from last year’s San Antonio Cocktail Conference and we’re thrilled to have him back again this year sharing photos and a summary of the event. 

Although the last shaker has been poured out and the final bracelet has been scanned, the 2016 San Antonio Cocktail Conference (SACC) was a resounding success.

Houston Street Charities, the altruistic beneficiary of the four-day event, once again proved that cocktails for a cause were alive and well in the Alamo City.

This years, the slate of the closing events included the posh “Woldorf on the Prairie” mixer at the city’s St. Anthony’s Hotel, a “Yoga Remedy” to salve the mind and a cigar paring seminar complete with a batch of Rocky Patel Patriot maduro cigars. Continue Reading →

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Bourbon Classic Returns to Louisville for 2016

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The Bourbon Classic, an annual bourbon and culinary celebration held in Louisville Kentucky, will return for its fourth year on February 26 – 27 at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. I have greatly enjoyed attending the past two years and highly recommend it to anyone who loves bourbon, good food, and spending time learning about these things from the people who make them.

The event starts Friday night with From the Barrel to the Bar: Bourbon Classic Cocktail Challenge. Teams of master bartenders will be matched with an acclaimed chef and Bourbon Classic sponsor distillery, and then vie for the title of “perfect cocktail.” This event allows you to sample cocktails and food portions from some of the best restaurants in Louisville while you wait to see the outcome of the competition. A select panel of media personalities and industry experts will evaluate the cocktails individually and as pairings, then select the winner. Continue Reading →

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Recap of St. Louis’ Whiskey Festival – Whiskey in the Winter

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This past Friday night I attend St. Louis’ whiskey festival – Whiskey in the Winter – along with fellow Bourbon & Banter writer, Lindsey Wehking. As a proud sponsor of the event again this year, we were thrilled to see even more folks attending than last year. Whiskey in the Winter has truly become a destination event with attendees traveling to St. Louis from 30 different states. To help accommodate for this growth the event will have more space available next year to accommodate a crowd of around 1,800 (this year capacity was 1,500).

This year’s even had over 300 whiskies available for tasting along with educational seminars, gourmet food and cocktail stations. They even managed to sneak in a booth featuring bourbon-themed donuts from Strange Donuts and Jameson Black Barrel liquid nitrogen ice cream. No matter your whiskey or food preference the event had you covered. Based on the feedback we received from folks during the event there wasn’t anyone going home disappointed. Make sure to check out the event’s website for more details on this year’s event so you finalize your decision to attend next year. Continue Reading →

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Highlights from Whiskies of the World Atlanta

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Note: Whiskies of the World Atlanta provided Melissa with a press pass in order to enjoy the event and share her experience with you. We thank WOTW Atlanta for providing this with no strings attached. Thank you.


Whiskies of the World Atlanta Photo 2First off, let me say that the folks running Whiskies of the World really know how to throw a fantastic event.  Of course, they delivered on the whiskey, but there were other (highly appreciated) touches that pulled the event together and made WOW ATL a welcome and inviting atmosphere.  They made sure each table had a pitcher of water for rinsing your glass or your palate; they had snack tables full of delicious appetizers to help soak up the booze (and brownies after! Yes!); and best of all, they brought together wonderful people and delicious drams for an altogether fantastic event.  But of course, some things stood out more than others. Continue Reading →

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