367 Reasons to Get Excited about WhiskyFest San Francisco

by Lew Bryson

Yes, you DID read that correctly: there are 367 reasons to get excited about WhiskyFest San Francisco! It’s coming in just two months, and it’s not too early to start planning.

What are those reasons? Glad you asked!

Reason #1: you’ve got a ticket to the best whisky event on the west coast! Solidly backed by Whisky Advocate and our parent company, M. Shanken Communications (who do a few other events you may have heard of), you can be sure that everything will run smoothly, on time, as promised. We’ve done this so many times — and in two other cities — that this is second nature to us now, and we focus on making it even better every year.

Reason #2: whisky is the hottest spirit on the market right now, and you know there are going to be new whiskies at this event. WhiskyFest is the showcase for the industry, where the whisky makers strut their stuff…for you.

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One more reason: the people!

Reasons #3-12: the ten craft distillers who are going to be at the event, some of the best and most respected of the country’s small distillers, who have produced some of our best-rated craft whiskeys.

  • Charbay Distillery
  • Sonoma County Distilling
  • Few Spirits
  • Westland
  • Dry Fly
  • High West
  • Long Island Spirits
  • Koval
  • Old Potrero
  • Craft Distillers

Reasons #13-15: the three barrel-aged cocktails we know are going to be there, all excellent…and there may be more added before the event.

Reasons #16-367: The 351 whiskies/whiskeys we’ll be pouring that night! You’ll see them all in your program that night (keep in mind that a small number of these whiskies will only be poured during the VIP hour), or you can look at what we have confirmed for now here, but you can see a few of the top selections below, just to whet your thirst.

Ardmore Traditional Cask
Blue Hanger 10th Edition
Bowmore Small Batch
Port Charlotte Scottish Barley
Charbay “S” Whiskey
Compass Box Great King Street, Glasgow Blend
Elijah Craig 23 yr. (VIP hour only)
Kavalan Ex-Bourbon Cask
Forty Creek Confederation Oak (VIP hour only)
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2014
Old Rip Van Winkle Pappy 23 yr. (VIP hour only, in limited quantities; might want to run right there)
Four Roses 2014 Limited Edition Small Batch
Glenmorangie Extremely Rare 18 yr.
Yellow Spot (VIP hour only)
Dry Fly Distilling Straight Triticale
Glen Garioch 1994 Vintage
Ardbeg Corryvreckan
Wild Turkey Diamond (VIP hour only)
Glen Grant Five Decades (VIP hour only)
Glenglassaugh Torfa
Glenlivet Nadurra Oloroso
Hibiki 17 yr.
Highland Park Dark Origins
Jura Brooklyn
Lagavulin Distiller’s Edition (VIP hour only)
Parker’s Heritage Collection Original Batch
Westland American Single Malt

Who knows? By the time this happens, there may well be even more reasons! See you in October!

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