For Whiskey buffs in LA, fall is festival season, and this fall may be one of the best of all.
October 10 - Hi-Time Wine Cellars Whisk(e)y Tasting
Hi-Time Wine, Orange County's best whiskey purveyor opens up the vault and offers tastes of over 100 whiskies plus appetizers at the Costa Mesa Holiday Inn. The event takes place on Saturday, October 10 from 4:00 to 8:00 and the entry fee is a more than reasonable $50. Reservations are required so if you are interested, visit their website.
October 20 - WhiskyLive LA
For the first time ever, LA will be home to one of the big, magazine-sponsored festivals. Whisky Magazine's WhiskyLive will take place on Tuesday, October 20 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. WhiskyLive features classes, entertainment, food, and of course, whiskey. Tickets range from $99 for a regular pre-ordered ticket all the way up to $149 for a VIP ticket at the door. Check out this site for more information and to order.
November 20 - Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society's (SMWS) sixteenth annual Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza will take place on Friday, November 20 at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. The SMWS is a private club for Scotch lovers, but their festival is open to the public and will offer over 85 single malts. Tickets are by advance purchase only and cost $115 for members and $130 for nonmembers. For more information and to order tickets, see their website.
I will be doing my best to provide continuing coverage of these excellent events for Southern California's whiskey-loving public.