Islay Malt and Oyster Festival and WhiskyFest San Francisco

There is just so much whisky flowing through the city right now, so I thought I’d combo up the events. First is ~LITTLE FEIS ILE~ this Thursday, Absinthe’s first annual Islay Malt and Oyster Festival. You’ll be able to taste up to 20 Islay drams and a slew of oysters in the private dining room. Consider this your kick-off for the big guns below.

On Tuesday, October 23, ~WHISKYFEST SAN FRANCISCO~ will be going off, the largest independent whisky event in the U.S. From the release:

The event is sponsored by America's leading whisky publication, Malt Advocate magazine, and is part of the Triple Crown of American Whisky Events. WhiskyFest is the largest and most comprehensive whisky event in the United States and has sold out for ten years running in New York City and eight years in Chicago.

More than 200 of the world’s finest and rarest whiskies will be available for sampling, featuring premium single malt and blended Scotch whiskies, the best bourbons and Tennessee whiskeys, top of the line Irish whiskeys, Japanese whisky (!) and the best from Canada.

Many companies will be debuting their new releases for 2007/2008 at WhiskyFest San Francisco, like the new release of Evan Williams Single Barrel, not going into circulation until 2008, some new Glenmorangie finishes, and the new Buffalo Trace 2007 Antique Collection.

This is a "Meet Your Maker!" event: the focus is on education, and many well-known distillery managers and distillery representatives will be on hand at the pouring booths to explain how the whiskies are made. Whisky seminars by leading distillery managers and master blenders from all over the world will take place throughout the evening. Some notable guests include Tom Bulleit, Founder, Bulleit Bourbon; Richard Paterson, Master Blender, The Dalmore; and Parker Beam, Master Distiller, Heaven Hill.

Click here for a full seminar and participant schedule.

A gourmet buffet will be available the entire evening, and there will be a chocolate and Scotch pairing with John Scharffenberger of Scharffen Berger Chocolate and Simon Brooking, Master Ambassador, Master Ambassador for The Dalmore and Laphroaig Collections. A portion of the event’s proceeds benefit the San Francisco Food Bank.

Islay Malt and Oyster Festival
Thu., Oct. 11, 2007

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

398 Hayes St.
Cross: Gough St.
San Francisco, CA



$50 per person

Tickets: call Vanessa Harris at 415-551-1453 or email vharris [at] absinthe [dot] com

WhiskyFest San Francisco
Tue., Oct. 23, 2007

Hyatt Regency
5 Embarcadero Plaza
San Francisco, CA



$105 per ticket
$145 for VIP admission (1 hour early entrance)

Advance ticket sales or call 800-610-MALT