SMWSA Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza – Fall 2013

Over the years, one of my favorite large-scale whisky events has consistently been the Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America's Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza. Yes, that's quite a name, I know, for the sake of this post, let's just call it the Extravaganza, shall we? The Extravaganzas I've attended in the past have … Continue reading SMWSA Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza – Fall 2013

Top Whisky-type stuff List of 2012…

Well, 2012 is pretty much in the books. According to some idiots the world was supposed to end on December 21st...if it did, no one told me about it, so here I am, trying to put together another year-end list at the last minute. It's been another fairly crazy year for me, and while whisky … Continue reading Top Whisky-type stuff List of 2012…

2012 SMWS Extravaganza Chicago – Recap

Thank you very much to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America for the opportunity to attend the Extravaganza as press. Since Minneapolis does not yet have a large-scale whisky show of their own (I say "yet" in hopes that one day...maybe...) I recently headed down to Chicago to attend the Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America's … Continue reading 2012 SMWS Extravaganza Chicago – Recap

Upcoming Whisky Events: SMWSA Extravaganza 2012 Fall Schedule

From a whisky standpoint, one of the things I'll miss most about San Francisco are its annual three big whisky shows: the locally run Whiskies of the World, the mammoth WhiskyFest, and possibly my favorite event, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America's Single Malt and Scotch Whisky Extravaganza. The SMWSA Extravaganza features, as you … Continue reading Upcoming Whisky Events: SMWSA Extravaganza 2012 Fall Schedule

2011 SMWS Extravaganza San Francisco – Recap

Thank you very much to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America for the opportunity to attend the Extravaganza as press. The large-scale traveling roadshow of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society (let's just call it the SMWS, shall we?) rolled into San Francisco on November 9th, and again proved to be a great time. The SMWS, though … Continue reading 2011 SMWS Extravaganza San Francisco – Recap

More Upcoming Bay Area Whisky Events, Oct. & Nov. 2011

The hits just keep on coming... ---------- A Whisky Dinner with Ed Kohl and Chieftains Single Malt Whisky Presented by The Whisky Shop and the City Club Whisky Society, "The evening will indulge your senses with Whisky expertly paired to a four-course meal and an educational journey on how these Whiskies came to be. Ed is … Continue reading More Upcoming Bay Area Whisky Events, Oct. & Nov. 2011

Upcoming (BIG) Bay Area Whisky Events.

In next couple of months, whisky lovers will have two opportunities to completely overdo it. Two chances to go to bed with waaaaaay too much whisky in the belly and to wake up with waaaaaay too much regret in the head. Big whisky expos have a way of making even the most sensible, temperate souls … Continue reading Upcoming (BIG) Bay Area Whisky Events.

2010 SMWS Extravaganza San Francisco – Recap

Thank you very much to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America for the opportunity to attend the Extravaganza as press. The etymology of the word extravaganza reads (at least from several online sources) thusly: "from 1754, with reference to peculiar behavior; from 1794, of a fantastic type of performance or writing, from It. extravaganza, … Continue reading 2010 SMWS Extravaganza San Francisco – Recap

Bay Area Whisky Events (Last Minute Version)

Because Mondays and, very often, Tuesdays can really suck, those in the Bay Area may find themselves in need of a wee nip...or several wee nips to see themselves through to Wednesday and beyond. Tomorrow night (I said last minute) in San Jose there's a Glenmorangie tasting with Dr. Bill Lumsden himself and Tuesday night … Continue reading Bay Area Whisky Events (Last Minute Version)