Are whisky and whiskey the same? Is bourbon a whiskey? You can find the answers to these questions and more at the Buffalo Whiskey Riot Festival, set for Sept. 29 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel (120 Church St.).
The festival is a sequel of sorts to the sold-out Buffalo Whiskey Fest, held in January. Because of its popularity, the Whiskey Riot fest is being split into two events: an afternoon session from 1 to 4 p.m., then an evening session from 6 to 9 p.m.
Described as for “whiskey lovers” and the “whiskey curious,” the event is dedicated to exploring the world of whiskey, including its history and evolution. Festival goers can expect to taste (if they are up for it) more than 80 different types of whiskeys using a special take-home glass.
Master distillers and “brand ambassadors” will be on hand to mix and mingle with guests, and there will be sample cocktails made from the spirits at pop up bars hosted by Tommyrotter Distillery, Four Roses Bourbon and Highland Park.
Attendees can also check out hour-long seminars hosted by whiskey masters from Heaven Hill Distillery and The Macallan. Retail vendors, food vendors and a live DJ are part of the mix, too. (We imagine some spontaneous dancing will occur as a result of tasting 80 whiskeys, too.)
General admission tickets are $45 and sold online only. No tickets will be sold at the door. Must be 21 and older to attend. The festival, co-hosted by Tommyrotter Distillery and Step Out Buffalo, is part of a New York State event, with dates of Sept. 15 in Rochester and Oct. 28 in Albany. For tickets, visit whiskeyriotfestival.com.
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