Seminars are free to Whiskey Fest guests. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. The 4:30 p.m. session of Whiskey 101 does require a reservation. Please make your reservation with your ticket order, as seating is limited.
|Whiskey 101 (Whiskey 101 ticket required, free)
Learn how to savor the rich flavors of this iconic drink, along with its key differences from Scotch and bourbon in this educational seminar
|Mastered in the Midwest
Get the inside scoop on how craft distilleries utilize products and grains unique to their area and the importance of making everything in-house, from grain to bottle. Plus, learn how climate and resources can play a significant factor. Sample Dark Horse Distillery Reserve Bourbon Whiskey and Reunion Rye Whiskey. Voted Best Local Distillery by The Pitch's Best of Kansas City 2014.
Presented by J. Gallagher of Dark Horse Distillery | Texas Room
|Celebrating 75 Years: A Toast to Crown Royal
Dig inside the iconic Crown Royal brand and its evolution over the years. Attendees can sample the new, limited edition Crown Royal Monarch to commemorate the 75 year anniversary along with the entire Crown Royal portfolio including Deluxe, Black, Maple, Regal Apple, Reserve, XO and XR.
Presented by Dr. Tom Turner of Diageo | Arkansas Room
|Whiskey 101 (Repeat session. No ticket required.)
Learn how to savor the rich flavors of this iconic drink, along with its key differences from Scotch and bourbon in this educational seminar.
|The Great Debate | Scotch vs. Bourbon
Explore the long standing traditions of bourbon and Scotch and the changes for the future as you sample the products side by side and note their key qualities.
Presented by Joe Cavataio, CSS, CSW of Beam Suntory & Timothy W. Burckhardt of William Grant & Sons | Arkansas 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 are first come, first serve and cannot be guaranteed.
Need a ride home?
Substitute Drivers will be on hand to schedule rides, so you and your car can get home safe. Even better, rides are only $20 and you can schedule yours in advance! Call 417-883-1900 today.
Rarest of the Rare
Brown Derby has assembled a premium line-up of limited whiskies for the true connoisseurs. This seminar will focus on how the composition, barrel and age of each whiskey impacts the taste, smell and color. Featuring the 2013 American Whiskey of the Year, bourbons available to the public for the first time and one of the most sought-after single malts. Seating is limited. Golden Ticket required, $149
- 2013 Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch
- Suntory Yamazaki 18-year-old Single Malt Whiskey
- Makers Mark Cask Strength
- Elijah Craig 23-year-old Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon
- Redbreast 21-year-old Irish Whiskey
- Angels Envy Cask Strength
- Please check back for additions to the Rarest line-up
Whiskey Fest 2015 line-up | Check back for updates
2 Gingers Irish Whiskey
Auchentoshan 12 Year
Bailey's Chocolate Cherry
Balvenie 12 Year Doublewood
Basil Hayden Small Batch Bourbon
Bernheim Wheat Whiskey
Bird Dog Bourbon
Bookers Small Batch Bourbon
Bowman Brothers Bourbon
Bowmore 15 Year Darkest
Bruichladdich Octomore Scottish Barley
Bushmills Black Bush
Calumet Farms Bourbon
Canadian Club 12 Year Classic
Chivas 12 Year Old
Cody Road Bourbon
Connemara 12 Year Irish Whiskey
Copper Run Distillery Ozark Mountain Moonshine
Crown Royal Black
Crown Valley Absinthe
Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Small Batch Bourbon
Evan Williams 1783 Small Batch Bourbon
Forty Creek Barrel Select
Glen Carioch Founders Reserve
Glen Grant 10 Year
Glenfiddich 12 Year
Greenore Single Grain Irish Whiskey 8 Year
Hakushu 12 Year Japanese Whisky
Henry McKenna 10 Year Old Single Barrel Bottled in Bond
Hibiki 12 Year Japanese Whisky
Hudson 4 Grain
Jack Daniel's Sinatra Select
Jameson Black Barrel
Jeremiah Weed Cinnamon Whiskey
Jim Beam Bonded
Johnnie Walker Double Black
Journeyman Distillery Bilberry Black Hearts Gin
Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey
Knob Creek Rye
Larceny Wheated Bourbon
Legacy Canadian Whiskey
Makers Cask Strength
Metaxa 5 Star Greek Brandy
Missouri Spirits Bourbon
Mount Gay Black Barrel
PieHole Apple Pie
Redbreast 12 Year Old
Remy Martin 1738
Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon 1792
River Rose Gin
Russell's Reserve 6 Year Rye
Seagram's 7 Crown American Spiced
Templeton Rye Whiskey
TGL 12 Year Old
Tin Cup American Whiskey
Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Wild Turkey 101
Yamazaki 12 Year Japanese Whisky
Need a whiskey break ? We've got you covered!
- Enjoy custom cocktails by Brown Derby
- Craft beer by Springfield Brewing Company
- Mead samples from Leaky Roof Meadery
- Hair styling tips by Hudson Hawk Barber & Shop
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The distillers or a local representative will be present at tasting tables and on-hand to answer questions and discuss their spirits.
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.|
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 500 guests, both novice drinkers and whiskey connoisseurs, enjoyed a full night of sampling and education.