Whiskey. It’s the stuff of legends. From Don Draper to Winston Churchill, this spirit is beloved by real and fictional legends alike. And while your grandfather may have sipped it, it’s made resurgence, no longer strictly appealing to the over-60 crowd. Here are four spots to sample the goods.
Beer & Whiskey Festival at Tropicana There’s nothing like a beer festival, unless of course, that beer festival also has whiskey. Head to the Grand Exhibition Center at Tropicana at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, for their annual Beer & Whiskey Festival. Enjoy samples of 60 unique beers and 30 whiskeys, including Bulleit 10yr; Dalmore Single Malt Scotch Whiskey – Portwood; Lip Service American Rye Whiskey; Widow Jane Bourbon and many more. You’ll have to be smart about your intake at this festival, because between the whiskeys and the amazing lineup of beer — Conshohocken Nightmare of East Elm St. Pumpkin Ale, Spellbound IPA, Garden State Blue Jersey Wheat Ale among plenty more—it’s a lot of sipping. Plus, there will be tunes from The Benjamins. Sounds like a win to us. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Located at 2831 Boardwalk in Atlantic City. Go to Tropicana.net for more information.
Iron Smoke Whiskey Dinner at Ocean Casino Resort Want to elevate your whiskey experience over a fine meal? Head to the Iron Smoke Whiskey Dinner at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10 at Villain & Saint at Ocean Casino Resort. Hosted by Singer & Iron Smoke Distillery founder, Tommy Brunett, the four-course dinner and whiskey pairing includes courses and cocktails inspired by and including Iron Smoke Whiskey. The menu includes a variety of items such as a first course of seared scallops, caramelized cipollini, and porcini dust paired with Hell or High Water, made with Rosie’s Maple Bacon Bourbon, Sweet Vermouth, Triple Sec, Simply Syrup, Orange Bitter, Muddled Orange and Cherry. Tickets are $99 per person. Located at 500 Boardwalk in Atlantic City. Go to TheOceanAC.com for more information.
Little Water Distillery Head to Atlantic City’s only distillery to sample some handcrafted whiskey, specifically, their Whitecap American Whiskey. Through a collaboration with Davis Valley Distillery in southwestern Virginia, American Whitecap is aged a minimum of 24 months in once-used Bourbon barrels. Get to Little Water for a tour and a sip, from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, 1 to 8 p.m. on Saturdays, or 1 to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Tours are 45 minutes after the hour with the last tour going out 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to closing. Tours and tastings are $8 per person and include $5 towards any purchase. Located at 807 Baltic Ave. in Atlantic City. Go to LittleWaterDistillery.com for more information.
Rock Bottom Whiskey Bar Located in the lower level of Rocco’s Town House in Hammonton is Rock Bottom Whiskey Bar. With an extensive selection of whiskeys, comfy couches, a shuffle board table, board games, and live music — Rob Lipkin on Friday and Paul Toz on Saturday this weekend — it’s the perfect place to enjoy a casual post-dinner cocktail. Open Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. Located at 21 N. 3rd Street in Hammonton. Go to RoccosTownHouse.com for more information.