I try to avoid drinking festivals. Beer fests. Bourbon fests. They tend to turn into drunk fests. I think the last one I went to was actually a Scotch festival, and that was over two years ago. Of course, it’s entirely possible that I’ve been to several others and simply have no memory of them. Such is the nature of the drinking festival.
But I’m intrigued by this new one – Whiskies of the World, hitting Atlanta on November 1, at the Intercontinental in Buckhead. Sure, it may turn into a drunk fest, too. But the list of whiskies (and other drinks) to be poured is both wide and deep. There will be producers big (Heaven Hill) and small (Balcones), from near (Tennessee) and afar (India, Japan), bourbon and Scotch, you name it – including a good number of craft distillers that are sure to have some unusual offerings.
It ain’t cheap – $120. But, hey, you also get a buffet dinner for that price. There’s gotta be something in your stomach to hold down all the whiskey.