Can’t spell “Whiskey Fest” without T-I-E

Gentlemen, start your glencairn glasses!

A glencairn glass is a special whiskey tasting glass, used to great effect at events such as Friday’s Whiskey Fest, down at the Hyatt Regency in the city. There were about 250 different whiskeys—scotch, bourbon, craft, etc—on gorgeous display, and they were all sippable.

My buddy and GWT alum, Paul Hletko, took me down there to learn more about whiskey. He’s the one that is starting Few Spirits, a microdistillery here in Evanston. We are just a Few days away from putting the stills together, and it will be a beautiful thing.

It was generally a pretty dapper affair, with many men in ties. I was not in camera mode, except for this one shot of Master Distiller Craig Beam. You may guess that he’s the MD for Jim Beam, but you’d be wrong. His grandfather left Jim Beam about 80 years ago to go work for Heaven Hill, and a Beam has produced every drop of their whiskeys (their most famous is Evan Williams) ever since. He had some funny stories and a GREAT Kentucky accent, both of which I can remember because I sampled responsibly.

My Tie du Jour, or Tie du Whiskey Fest, as it may come to be known, is kind of a vintage one. It’s brown with tiny blue dots, and it’s from Rooster. An additional tag tells us it was sold at Lord & Taylor, seemingly many years ago. I thought it’d go nicely with my plaid Ben Sherman shirt, and I think I was right.

Well, it’s the weekend, and that means the work week is coming up [a collective groan emanates from the readership]. I will be gearing up for another Bow Tie Week in the next 2 or 3 weeks, so keep an eye out.

Thanks for reading…Brooke

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