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People came from far and wide to sip, sample, and warm up with a smorgasbord of samplings of artisan whiskeys, American craft spirits, moonshines and barrel-aged beers at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City‘s annual Whiskey Revival festival inside The Grand.
Guests enjoyed getting boozy with over 30 artisan whiskeys, American craft spirits, moonshines, and barrel-aged barley beers. Mixology classes and seminars of the whiskey barreling process were presented by the region’s top mixologists and distillers. Plus, DIYers had the opportunity to view pot still demonstrations first hand to learn more about how whiskey is made. Live entertainment, passed hors d’oeuvres and food stations flanked the room throughout the evening to keep whiskey experts and first time sippers in festive (and not sleepy) spirits.
Joe Gratkowksi of George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey presented the History of Whiskey: Prohibition to Today before Liz Aquilar of Buffalo Trace Bourbon detailed the legacy of the Sazerac Company. Wrapping up the end of the night, Lauren Simmons of Westland American Single Malt showed aspiring mixologists how to create stunning drinks using the American Single Malt.
Demonstrations were presented by:
· Joe Gratkowski, Master of Whiskey for George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey and Belleit Bourbon, presented a short demonstration on the history of whiskey from the prohibition to today.
· Adam Ford, founder of Atsby New York Vermouth and author of “Vermoth – The Revival of the Spirit That Created America’s Cocktail Culture,” showed attendees how to craft the perfect Negroni cocktails and Manhattans.
· Liz Aquilar, Brand Ambassador for Buffalo Trace Bourbon, discussed the legacy of the Sazerac Company while wowing guests with her expert mixology.
· Lauren Simmons, Brand Ambassador for Westland American Single Malt, presented a mixology seminar using American single malts.
· Mackenzie Langston, mixologist with Dutch’s Spirits, crafted delicious concoctions using Dutch’s Sugar Wash Moonshine and the brand’s boutique bitters.
· Amir Peay, owner of Georgetown Trading Company showcased his company’s famous James E. Pepper Whiskeys.
· Rich Stabile, owner of Long Island Spirits, invited attendees to sample his ultra-high end Rough Rider Whiskeys.
· John Cooper, co-founder of Dad’s Hate Rye Whiskey, showcased the brand’s Pennsylvania distilled spirits.
· Gene and Montell Marra, co-founders and owners of Cooperstown Distilling, featured vodka, gin, and bourbon in some of the most unique bottles in the entire spirits industry.
· Albert Saverese, managing partner of Still the One Distillery, showcased the brand’s three outstanding whiskeys distilled in Westchester County, New York
Whether you are a whiskey connoisseur or a first-time sipper, anyone can join for the annual festivities and enjoy a nap afterwards (‘cuz you’ll need it)!