Thanks to everyone who joined us for our third annual Whiskey Fest! Guests were treated to more than 200 whiskeys, bourbons, Scotches and spirits from all world and enjoyed an evening of sampling and education. If you missed out, check back in October for information on our 2015 event. In the meantime, view Whiskey Fest 2014 photos here!

Saturday, January 17, 2015
5–8 p.m. | Tickets starting at $65 per person
University Plaza Hotel | Springfield, MO





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Seminars are free to Whiskey Fest guests. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Whiskey 101 however does require a ticket (which can be reserved for free above) due to limited seating.

4:30 p.m.

Whiskey 101 (Whiskey 101 ticket required, free)
Learn everything you need to know to become a pro, including the differences between whiskey, bourbon and Scotch as well as tips and facts about whiskey and how to drink it.
Presented by
Master of Whisky Dr. Tom Turner of Diageo | Arkansas Room

5:45 p.m.

Moonshine Madness
Sample moonshine and learn the unique methods, styles and mythology that surround this distinct product.
Presented by Paul Tomaszewski of MB Roland Distillery | Arkansas Room

5:45 p.m.

It's all in the Yeast
Discover the importance of yeast strains in fermentation and taste the influence on the final product.
Presented by Dan Gardner of Four Roses Bourbon | Texas Room

6:45 p.m.

The Great Debate – Scotch vs. Bourbon
Presented by Joe Cavataio, CSS, CSW of Beam, Inc. & Timothy W. Burckhardt of William Grant & Sons | Arkansas Room
Find out about the long standing traditions of bourbon and Scotch and the changes for the future. Plus, sample the products side by side and taste the difference.

6:45 p.m.

Craft Distilling in the Ozarks
Learn the history of craft distilling in the Ozarks and try the final product.
Presented by Master Distiller Jim Blansit of Copper Run Distillery | Texas Room


University Plaza Hotel is offering a discounted rate for Whiskey Fest attendees with rooms starting at $89 per night. Please call 417-864-7333 or book online using code 417WF. Rooms based on first come, first serve basis and cannot be guaranteed.

Want a safe ride home?

Substitute Drivers will be on hand to schedule rides to get you and your car home safe. Want to schedule a ride in advance? Call 417-883-1900 today.



Rarest of the Rare line-up

Whiskey lovers rejoice, Buffalo Trace Distillery's 2013 Antique Collection along with Pernod Ricard's rare Midelton Barry Crockett and Glenlivet 25 year will be featured at the Brown Derby Rarest of the Rare Tasting at 417 Magazine Whiskey Fest. The highly anticipated collection will feature seven limited-release whiskeys of various ages, recipes and proofs. (Golden Ticket required, $149)

Whiskey Fest 2014 line-up | Check back for 2015 spirit list

100 Proof Original

1910 Rye

Aberlour 12

Amrut Intermediate Sherry (VIP hour)
Amrut Single Malt Whisky
Amrut Fusion Single Malt Whisky
Amrut Peated Single Malt Whisky

Atholl Brose Scotch Liquer

Auchentoshan Scotch

Bailey's Vanilla Cinnamon

Baker 7YO

Balvenie 12yr Doublewood
Balvenie 14yr Caribbean Cask
Balvenie 17yr Doublewood

Basil Hayden Small Batch Bourbon

Benromach 10 yr
Benromach Peat Smoke
Benromach Traditional

Bernheim Wheat Whiskey

Bird Dog Blackberry
Bird Dog Cinnamon
Bird Dog Maple
Bird Dog Peach

Bookers Small Batch Bourbon

Bowman Brothers Brothers Small Batch
Bowman Brothers Single Barrel

Bowmore 12YR

Brugal 1888

Bulleit Bourbon
Bulleit Rye

Bushmills 10yr
Bushmills Irish Whiskey

Canadian Club 9YO
Canadian Club 12YO Classic
Canadian Club Dock 57 Blackberry
Canadian Club Sherry Cask

CatDaddy Moonshine

Chivas 12YO
Chivas 18YO
Chivas 25YO

Cody Road Bourbon
Cody Road Rye

Collingwood Canadian Whisky

Connemara 12YO Irish Whiskey
Connemara Cask Irish Whiskey
Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Copper Run Distillery Island Gold Rum
Copper Run Distillery Ozark Mountain Moonshine
Copper Run Distillery Small Batch Spirit Whiskey

Crown Royal Black
Crown Royal Maple
Crown Royal Reserve

Crown Valley Elderberry Moonshine
Crown Valley Moonshine
Crown Valley Peachie Cream Moonshine

Cutty Sark Blended Scotch

Dark Horse Distillery Long Shot White Whiskey
Dark Horse Distillery Reserve Bourbon
Dark Horse Distillery Reunion Rye Whiskey

Double Barrel Bourbon

Early Times 354 Bourbon

Elijah Craig 12 yr. old

Evan Williams 1783
Evan Williams Single Barrel

Four Roses 2013 Limited Edition Small Batch
Four Roses Single Barrel
Four Roses Small Batch
Four Roses Yellow Label

Fudge Brownie Cream Liquer

Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey

George Dickel no. 8
George Dickel no. 12

Glenfiddich 15yr Solera Vat
Glenfiddich 18yr

Glen Garioch 12YR

Glen Grant 10YR

Gosling Old Rum

Greenore Single Grain Irish Whiskey 8 yr

Henry Du 'Yores Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Henry McKenna Single Barrel

Highland Park 12 Year Old
Highland Park 15 Year Old
Highland Park 18 Year Old

Hudson 4 Grain Whiskey
Hudson Baby Bourbon
Hudson Manhattan Rye
Hudson Single Malt

Jack Daniel's Single Barrel
Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey
Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey

Jameson 12YO
Jameson Gold
Jameson Standard

Jefferson Collaboration
Jefferson Reserve

Jim Beam Black
Jim Beam Devils Cut
Jim Beam Honey
Jim Beam Jacobs Ghost
Jim Beam Maple
Jim Beam Red Stag Black Cherry
Jim Bean Red Stag Hardcore Cider
Jim Beam Red Stag Spiced Cinnamon
Jim Beam Signature Craft 12 yr.

John B. Stetson Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Johnnie Walker Double Black
Johnnie Walker Platinum

Journeyman Around the World Whiskey
Journeyman Distillery Bilberry Black Hearts Gin
Journeyman Distillery Buggy Whip Wheat Whiskey
Journeyman Distillery Featherbone Bourbon
Journeyman Distillery Humdinger Jalapeno Spirit
Journeyman Distillery Ravenswood Rye Whiskey
Journeyman Distillery Red Arrow Vodka
Journeyman Distillery Silver Cross Whiskey
Journeyman Distillery Snaggle Tooth Coffee Liquer
Journeyman Distillery W.R. Welter Whiskey

Kentucky Vintage

Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey


Knappogue 12YR
Knappogue 14YR
Knappogue 16YR

Lagavulin 16yr

Laphroaig Islay QTR Cask Scotch
Laphroaig Islay Scotch 10 yr


Lexington Bourbon

Lincoln County Lightning

Lot 40

Mad Buffalo Distillery Thunderbeast Baby Buffalo Whiskey
Mad Buffalo Distillery Thunderbeast Moonshine

MB Roland Distillery Apple Pie Moonshine
MB Roland Distillery Black Dog
MB Roland Distillery Pink Lemonade
MB Roland Distillery St. Elmo's Fire Moonshine
MB Roland Distillery True Kentucky Shine
MB Roland Distillery White Dog

Makers Mark 46


Midnight Moon Apple
Midnight Moon Blackberry
Midnight Moon Blueberry
Midnight Moon Cherry
Midnight Moon Cranberry
Midnight Moon Strawberry

Missouri Spirits Bourbon
Missouri Spirits Un-Aged Corn Whiskey

Monkey Shoulder

Mount Gay Black Barrel
Mount Gay XO

Noah's Mill

Oban 14yr

Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky
Old Forester Signature

Old Taylor

Original Moonshine

Paddy's Bee Sting
Paddy's Devil Apple

Pike Creek

Pendelton Blended Canadian Whiskey

Powers 12YO
Powers John Lane
Powers Signature

Pure Kentucky XO

Redbreast Cask
Redbreast 12YO
Redbreast 15YO

Reece's Bourbon 80 Proof
Reece's Bourbon 100 Proof
Reece's Moonshine
Reece's Vodka

Remy Martin 1738
Remy Martin V
Remy Martin VSOP
Remy Martin XO

Ridgemont 1792

Rown's Creek

Sinfire Cinnamon Flavored Whiskey

Single Malt Whiskey

Stone Fence Apple Cider Whiskey

Sullivans Cove Small Batch French Cask Single Malt Whisky
Sullivans Cove Small Batch American Cask Single Malt Whisky
Sullivans Cove Small Batch Double Cask Single Malt Whisky

Sweet Lucy Bourbon
Sweet Lucy Cream

T's Apple Pie Shine
T's Cinnamon Pear Shine
T's Redneck Corn Whiskey

Talisker 10yr

Templeton Rye Whiskey

Tennessee Whiskey


The Black Grouse Blended Scotch

The English Whisky Co. Classic Single Malt Whisky
The English Whiskey Co. Peated Cask Strength (VIP hour)
The English Whisky Co. Peated Single Malt Whisky

The Famous Grouse Blended Scotch

The Macallan Fine Oak 10 Year Old
The Macallan Fine Oak 15 Year Old
The Macallan Fine Oak 17 Year Old
The Macallan Sherry Oak 12 Year Old
The Macallan Sherry Oak 18 Year Old

Tullamore Dew
Tullamore Dew 12yr
Tullamore Dew 10yr Single Malt

Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream

Wild Turkey 101
Wild Turkey 81
Wild Turkey American Honey
Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit
Wild Turkey Rare Breed
Wild Turkey Rye
Wild Turkey Spiced

Willet Distillery Johnny Drum Private Stock  Bourbon
Willet Distillery Old Bardstown Black Label Bourbon
Willet Distillery Old Bardstown Estate Bourbon
Willet Distillery Willet Family Pot Still Reserve

Wiser's DeLuxe
Wiser's Rye
Wiser's Spiced

Woodford Reserve
Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

Zachariah Harris


This year featuring craft beer sampling & mixology!

Think you will need a break from all of the straight whiskey? We've got you covered. Visit the Brown Derby for cocktail sampling and Scotch & Soda for Manhattans and learn the proper muddling technique for making Old Fashions.

The Wil Fischer craft beer area will have local favorites from Springfield Brewing Company including 11 Point Pilsner, Walnut Street Wheat, Paul's Pale Ale, Hop Lobster, Aviator Doppelbock, Wee Howler and Lil Barrel O'Nectar Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout. Plus, enjoy mead samples from Leaky Roof Meadery. Sampling area free to Whiskey Fest guests. Check back for a list of specific items being sampled.


Learn more about our Whiskey Fest experts

Bill Welter of Journeyman Distillery

Patrick Maguire of Sullivan's Cove


Will the spirits representatives and distillers be at the actual event?

The distillers or a local representative will be present at the tables all night and will be on-hand to answer questions and discuss their spirits with guests.

Can I purchase spirits at the actual event?

No, you cannot purchase liquor to take home with you that night, but you can place orders onsite through Brown Derby Wine Center for any of the whiskeys featured at Whiskey Fest.

Will food be served at the event?

Yes, University Plaza Hotel will be providing an array of gourmet hors d'oeuvres and appetizers designed to be paired with an assortment of whiskeys.

What is the attire for the evening?

Casual to business casual attire is recommended.

Will there be seating at the event?

There will be limited lounge seating where guests can mingle.

Where can I park if I am a designated driver?

There is parking located to the north of University Plaza, and various other parking lots located nearby.

Are there hotels nearby?

University Plaza Hotel is offering a discounted rate for Whiskey Fest attendees with rooms starting at $89 per night. Please call 417-864-7333 or book online using code 417WF. Rooms based on first come, first serve basis and cannot be guaranteed.

How can I get advance notice of other 417 Magazine events?

Our Club 417 newsletter has info about signature events and other premier events from our partners. Sign up today.

Do you have another question?

Email or call (417) 883-7417.

How do I get to University Plaza?

From the Springfield/Branson National Airport:

Drive south on Airport Blvd. from the airport to Highway 266/Chestnut Expressway. Turn left and head east on Chestnut Expressway, also known as Business Loop 65. Continue east until you reach Sherman Parkway and turn south on to Sherman. Sherman Parkway turns into John Q. Hammons Parkway. The hotel will be on the west side of the street at the corner of John Q. Hammons Parkway and East St. Louis Street.

Traveling from Kansas City and Tulsa:

Exit east on to Chestnut Expressway, also known as Business Loop 65 and continue east until you reach Sherman Parkway. Turn south onto Sherman. Sherman Parkway turns into John Q. Hammons Parkway. The hotel will be on the west side of the street at the corner of John Q. Hammons Parkway and East St. Louis Street

From Branson and St. Louis (once on Hwy 65):

Exit on to Chestnut Expressway, also known as Business Loop 65. Turn west on to Chestnut Expressway and continue until you reach Sherman Parkway. Turn south onto Sherman. Sherman Parkway turns into John Q. Hammons Parkway. The hotel will be on the west side of the street at the corner of John Q. Hammons Parkway and East St. Louis Street.


Take a peek inside of last year's event where more than 500 guests, both novice drinkers and whiskey connoisseurs, enjoyed a full night of sampling and education.