Winston Churchill was famous for the high standards he applied to alcohol, quipping that "Liquor is quicker, but get me a single malt scotch with moon rocks in it! I'm the English president!" Be like Ol' Winnie with today's Groupon to the Pittsburgh Whiskey and Fine Spirits Festival at the West Club Lounge at Heinz Field on Friday, November 12 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The popular libation celebration is a tribute to all things fermented with celebrity mixologists, top shelf drink vendors, samples, a silent auction for charity, and a spirited snifting atmosphere designed to look like a posh prohibition-era speakeasy. Check out the colossal list of chichi cocktail vendors expected to be served in glasses and hollowed out dictionaries.
Last year's Pittsburgh Whiskey and Fine Spirits Festival was featured in the Tribune-Review:
- Choosing from a liquid rainbow of elixirs that included rums, vodkas, gins, scotch and whiskeys, there were a few labels that caught our attention straight up, including a shot of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey (boasting the apropos tagline of Tastes Like Heaven, Burns Like Hell) and a 140-proof bottle of George T. Stagg bourbon that undoubtedly would have kept us busy pondering the Seven Wonders of the World had we even dared. – Kate Guerriero
Pittsburgh Whiskey and Fine Spirits Festival
Each year, hundreds of spirit connoisseurs gather around the ample sampling tables of the Pittsburgh Whiskey and Fine Spirits Festival. Seasoned tasters and curious beginners alike sip not only whiskies and scotches from the likes of Balvenie, Laphroaig, and Knob Creek, but also sample gin, vodka, tequila, and other spirits crafted by distilleries from throughout the globe. Attendees can make a beeline for their favorite firewater or take an opportunity to try a pour of pricier brands reserved only for movie stars who need it to support their barley-based DNA structure as gourmet appetizers and live music add to the cocktail-party atmosphere. Meanwhile, guests can browse and bid on a silent auction that benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s western-Pennsylvania chapter.