WhiskeyFest returns to Chicago with over 300 installment listings

CHICAGO — WhiskeyFest, presented by Whiskey Advocate, returns to Chicago on May 13 at the Hyatt Regency.

The event, which also takes place in San Francisco and New York, offers guests the opportunity to taste whiskeys from around the world.

Tasters of all levels of expertise are invited to learn first-hand from the experts.

There will be educational seminars, taste tests and much more.

WGN News Now spoke with David Fleming, Editor of Whiskey Advocate, about what to expect from the event and how to prepare for it.

“I think people should come prepared,” Fleming said. “Watch the pours, watch the seminars and kind of try to develop your own strategy. There are different categories: Scotch, Irish, Japanese, bourbon, rye, Tennessee, etc.

Fleming gave an example of sticking to bourbons and tasting from young to old. He also gave a similar example of a shot with scotch but cautions to be careful as they tend to be smokier and recommended to try at the end.

Fleming adds that you can’t go wrong by just tasting a little bit of everything to get a feel for what the world of whiskey is all about.

“You pay for a ticket and you go around all the tables, the payouts are a quarter of a time,” Fleming said. “And if you don’t like it, pour it out, go to the next booth.”

Or: Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E Wacker Dr, Chicago

When: Friday May 13

  • VIP entrance: 5:30 p.m.
  • Big Tasting: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Seminars: 7:00 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.

Ticket information can be found here.

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