Whiskeyfest Chicago 2009

The week of March 26th – April 2nd, 2009 we are having some very special whiskey related events to coincide with The Malt Advocate’s Whiskeyfest Chicago at the Chicago Hyatt Regency. All events are free to attend.

Thursday, March 26th, 8pm

We are having an Ardbeg Scotch Whisky tasting of several of their expressions to kick off Whiskeyfest Week. In addition we are showing paintings of the Ardbeg Distilery by Scotsman Ian Gray. Ian has gained fame in the UK for his spectacular paintings of the Scottish landscape in and around its Distilleries, and he will be in attendence at this his first show ever in Chicago. Representatives of the distillery will also be in attendance.

Friday, March 27th, 4pm

It is Michael “Beer Hunter” Jackson’s Birthday, therefore, we are launching the new book about Michael.

8:00pm – We are featuring a seminar and tasting hosted by the Maker’s Mark distillery. Maker’s has become closely associated with Delilah’s over the years – we put the first ever Maker’s Mark neon in our window 15 years ago, and this now iconic brand represents the best selling Wheated Bourbon in America. Representatives of the distillery will be in attendance.

Saturday, March 28th, 8pm

Though it is the most well known American Whiskey brand in the world, Jack Daniels has a long and storied history many people are not acquainted with, plus this will be a great chance to taste the Single Barrel & Gentleman Jack whiskies. Representatives of the distillery will be in attendance.

Sunday, March 29th, 8pm

We are featuring a complete portfolio tasting from the Buffalo Trace Distillery, easily the most recognised American distillery in terms of innovation awards in recent years. Ancient Age, Buffalo Trace, W.L. Weller, George T. Stagg, Sazerac Rye, just to name a few of the whiskies we will examine. Representatives of the distillery will be in attendance.

Monday, March 30, 6:00pm

We are hosting an ideal introduction to Kentucky Whiskey. All current styles of Whiskey made in this great state will be tasted We will be discussing all aspects of Kentucky Whiskey – perfect for the novice and expert alike.

6:00pm – Bernheim Wheat Whiskey. This is the only Whiskey commercially produced in America with more than 50% wheat.

8:00pm – Maker’s Mark Wheated Bourbon. This is one of the greatest examples of the rarer Wheated style currently produced.

10:00pm – Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2008 Vintage Release. This Louisville Bourbon is made with Rye and is one of the few vintage dated American Whiskies – we will look at several vintages.

Midnight – Templeton Rye Whiskey. Before Prohibition, Rye was the dominant style of Whiskey in America – this is old time Rye.

Tuesday, March 31, 7:00pm

We are hosting a wonderful Scotch Whisky opener with a Single Malt tasting, a Vatted Malt tasting and a Premium Blended Malt tasting. We will be discussing all aspects of Scotch Whisky – perfect for the novice and expert alike.

7:00pm – Glenlivet Single Malts. One of the most well known and award winning distilleries in Scotland, we will be tasting several expressions including the much heralded 21yr and the absolutely fabulous 1969 Vintage.

10:00pm – Compass Box Vatted Malt Whisky. American-in-London John Glasser bucks all trends and produces small batch vats of a few barrels of Whisky, we will be trying several of his Vattings.

Midnight – Chivas 18yr Tasting. One of the most well blended and regarded Premium Blends ever, a perfect finale to an evening of Scotchucation.

Wednesday, April 1, 10pm

In conjunction with our own Bloodshot Records’ Hard Country Wednesdays, Delilah’s is very pleased to be hosting the official Malt Advocate Whiskeyfest After Party. With guest bartenders Preston & Julian Van Winkle!!!

Thursday, April 2, 6-9pm

Meet The Makers. This is an informal gathering of some of the most prominant Master Distillers and Whiskey Makers in the world, have a dram and a chat with the people who make the Whiskey World happen.