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Great South Bay Whiskey Festival combines words and spirits

Sam Desmond
Posted 2/20/20

For the third time, the Great South Bay Brewery will be hosting its fun and fancy Whiskey Festival, showcasing “local New York brands, national brands, and global brands,” according to …

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Great South Bay Whiskey Festival combines words and spirits

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For the third time, the Great South Bay Brewery will be hosting its fun and fancy Whiskey Festival, showcasing “local New York brands, national brands, and global brands,” according to event founder, Evan Berman. Having produced some of the largest whiskey festivals across the tri-state area in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Jersey City and Long Island, Berman said, “The concept has proven to be a unique way to try and learn about whiskey in a fun environment.” 

Whiskey, immortalized in television by the Canadian Club of Don Draper and Nucky Thompson in recent years, has a wide array of personae, from the rebellious Southern sour mashes to the elitist single-malts of aristocracy. The Great South Bay Whiskey Festival promises to explore all those themes with tastings from a variety of distillers, from traditional to avant-garde.

Here are some great wordsmith whiskeys to try at the festival:

Writer’s Tears

With whiskey being the supreme choice of Hemingway, you can’t pass up a chance to commune with your “writerly” soul with this copper pot unique blend of aged single malt and aged single pot still whiskeys matured in American Oak Bourbon casks.

Iron Smoke Distillery

Hankering for some Southern hospitality? What would probably be a Tennessee Williams’s favorite, this whiskey was borne out of the idea of combining great bourbon with Applewood BBQ’s smoked goodness.  

Kilbeggan Distillery

Whiskey for the kings, this distillery has a license to distill dating back to 1757. A favorite of Sir Winston Churchill, trying this whiskey will surely make a statesman out of you.

Twinstills Moonshine

For the F. Scott Fitzgerald lover in you, this whiskey is made in the traditional Portuguese small-batch process right on Long Island. Harkening to the illegal distilleries of the ’20s, Jay Gatsby would’ve surely moved this product to impress his beloved Daisy.

Filibuster Distillery

Capturing the eloquence of John F. Kennedy addressing the Senate (he often wrote his own speeches), Filibuster Distillery is made in Washington, D.C., with local sweat and staples from the Virginia area.

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