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.
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
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
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
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.
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 currently booked for the night, but they are extending the discounted rate at Holiday Inn Express and will have shuttle services available to the hotel. Rooms start at $79 per night | Click here to reserve room (Group Code 417M) or call University Plaza at 417-864-7333 and mention 417 Whiskey Fest.
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)
- Eagle Rare 17 Year Old
- George T. Stagg
- Glenlivet 25 year
- Midelton Barry Crockett
- Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old
- Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye
- William Larue Weller
Whiskey Fest 2014 line-up | Check back for more updates
100 Proof Original
Amrut Intermediate Sherry (VIP hour)
Atholl Brose Scotch Liquer
Bailey's Vanilla Cinnamon
Balvenie 12yr Doublewood
Basil Hayden Small Batch Bourbon
Benromach 10 yr
Bernheim Wheat Whiskey
Bird Dog Blackberry
Bookers Small Batch Bourbon
Bowman Brothers Brothers Small Batch
Canadian Club 9YO
Cody Road Bourbon
Collingwood Canadian Whisky
Connemara 12YO Irish Whiskey
Copper Run Distillery Island Gold Rum
Crown Royal Black
Crown Valley Elderberry Moonshine
Cutty Sark Blended Scotch
Dark Horse Distillery Long Shot White Whiskey
Double Barrel Bourbon
Early Times 354 Bourbon
Elijah Craig 12 yr. old
Evan Williams 1783
Four Roses 2013 Limited Edition Small Batch
Fudge Brownie Cream Liquer
Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey
George Dickel no. 8
Glenfiddich 15yr Solera Vat
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
Hudson 4 Grain Whiskey
Jack Daniel's Single Barrel
Jim Beam Black
John B. Stetson Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Johnnie Walker Double Black
Journeyman Around the World Whiskey
Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey
Laphroaig Islay QTR Cask Scotch
Lincoln County Lightning
Mad Buffalo Distillery Thunderbeast Baby Buffalo Whiskey
MB Roland Distillery Apple Pie Moonshine
Makers Mark 46
Midnight Moon Apple
Missouri Spirits Bourbon
Mount Gay Black Barrel
Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky
Pendelton Blended Canadian Whiskey
Pure Kentucky XO
Reece's Bourbon 80 Proof
Remy Martin 1738
Sinfire Cinnamon Flavored Whiskey
Single Malt Whiskey
Stone Fence Apple Cider Whiskey
Sullivans Cove Small Batch French Cask Single Malt Whisky
Sweet Lucy Bourbon
T's Apple Pie Shine
Templeton Rye Whiskey
The Black Grouse Blended Scotch
The English Whisky Co. Classic Single Malt Whisky
The Famous Grouse Blended Scotch
The Macallan Fine Oak 10 Year Old
Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream
Wild Turkey 101
Willet Distillery Johnny Drum Private Stock Bourbon
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.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
|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.|
|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.|
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.|
|There will be limited lounge seating where guests can mingle.|
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 375 guests, both novice drinkers and whiskey connoisseurs, enjoyed a full night of sampling and education.