Thank you to everyone who raised a glass to 417 Magazine's fourth annual Whiskey Fest on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at University Plaza Hotel. More than 650 attendees sampled spirits from all around the world, enjoyed educational seminars, live music by Mercer and Johnson, whiskey inspired-food and more. A special thanks to our sponsors for helping us put together an excellent event.
See photos from Whiskey Fest 2015 here.




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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. 

4:30 p.m.

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
Presented by Jim Blansit of Copper Run Distillery | Arkansas Room

5:45 p.m.

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

5:45 p.m.

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

6:45 p.m.

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.
Presented by Dan Gardner of Four Roses Distillery | Texas Room

6:45 p.m.

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

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. Golden Ticket required, $149 SOLD OUT

Whiskey Fest 2015 line-up* | Check back for updates

2 Gingers Irish Whiskey

360 Vodka Double Chocolate
360 Vodka Georgia Peach
360 Vodka Mandarin Orange
360 Vodka Sorrento Lemon

7 Year Backwoods Black Cherry Whiskey
7 Year Backwoods Pecan Whiskey
7 Year Backwoods Straight Whiskey
7 Year Backwoods Vanilla Cream Whiskey

Aberfeldy 12 Year Old

American Born Moonshine Apple Pie
American Born Moonshine Dixie Sweet Tea

American Born Moonshine Original

Auchentoshan 12 Year
Auchentoshan American Oak

Bailey's Chocolate Cherry
Bailey's Vanilla Cinnamon

Balvenie 12 Year Doublewood
Balvenie 12 Year Single Barrel
Balvenie 15 Year Sherry Cask
Balvenie 17 Year Doublewood

Basil Hayden Small Batch Bourbon

Benchmark Flavors

Benromach 10 Year Single Malt Scotch
Benromach 30 Year Single Malt Scotch
Benromach Organic Single Malt Scotch
Benromach Peat Smoke Single Malt Scotch
Benromach Traditional Single Malt Scotch

Bernheim Wheat Whiskey

Bib & Tucker Bourbon

Bird Dog Bourbon
Bird Dog Peppermint

Bookers Small Batch Bourbon

The Botanist Islay Gin

Bowman Brothers Bourbon
Bowman John J Single Barrel Bourbon

Bowmore 15 Year Darkest
Bowmore Small Batch

Brenne French Single Malt Whiskey

Bruichladdich Octomore 6.1 Super Heavily Peated
Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Scottish Barley Heavily Peated
Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie Scottish Barley Unpeated

​Bulleit Rye 

Buffalo Trace

Bushmills Black Bush
Bushmills Honey

Cabin Fever

Calumet Farms Bourbon

Canadian Club 12 Year Classic
Canadian Club Sherry Cask

Caribou Crossing

Catdaddy Carolina Moonshine

Chivas 12 Year Old
Chivas 18 Year Old
Chivas 25 Year Old

Cody Road Bourbon
Cody Road Rye Whiskey

Cointreau Noir


Connemara 12 Year Irish Whiskey

Copper Run Distillery Hopped Malt Whiskey
Copper Run Distillery Hopped Wheat Whiskey
Copper Run Distillery Overproof Ozark Mountain Moonshine
Copper Run Distillery Overproof White Rum
Copper Run Distillery Ozark Mountain Moonshine
Copper Run Distillery Spiced Rum

Copper Run Distillery Spirit Whiskey
Copper Run Distillery Three Grain Whiskey
Copper Run Distillery White Rum 

Craigellachie 13 Year Old

Crown Royal 75th
Crown Royal Black
Crown Royal Regal Apple
Crown Royal XO 

Crown Valley Absinthe
Crown Valley Aged Whiskey Crown Valley Cherry Maple Moonshine
Crown Valley Peachie Cream Moonshine
Crown Valley Vodka Blackberry
Crown Valley Vodka Distilled
Crown Valley Vodka Pink Lemonade

Dark Horse Reserve Bourbon
Dark Horse Reunion Rye
Dark Horse Reunion Rye Barrel Strength
Dark Horse White Whiskey 

Dewar's 12 Year Old
Dewar's 15 Year Old
Dewar's 18 Year Old

Dickel 8
​Dickel 12
Dickel Rye 

DogMaster Unaged Whiskey
DogMaster Vodka

Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Small Batch Bourbon

Evan Williams 1783 Small Batch Bourbon
Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon 


Forty Creek Barrel Select

Four Roses Single Barrel
Four Roses Small Batch
Four Roses Yellow Batch

Gentleman Jack 

Glen Carioch Founders Reserve

Glencadem 10 Year Scotch Whiskey
Glencadem 15 Year Scotch Whiskey
Glencadem 21 Year Scotch Whiskey

Glen Grant 10 Year

Glenfiddich 12 Year
Glenfiddich 15 Year
Glenfiddich 18 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

High West Boulevardier
High West Bouyre
High West Campfire Whiskey
High West Double Rye
High West Rendevous

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

Jack Daniel's Sinatra Select
Jack Daniel's Single Barrel

Jameson Black Barrel
Jameson Gold
Jameson Standard

Jeremiah Weed Cinnamon Whiskey
Jeremiah Weed Sarsaparilla Whiskey

Jim Beam Black
Jim Beam Bonded
Jim Beam Devil's Cut
Jim Beam Honey
Jim Beam Kentucky Fire
Jim Beam Red Stag Black Cherry
Jim Beam Rye
Jim Beam Single Barrel
Jim Beam Signature Craft 12 Year

Johnnie Walker Double Black
Johnnie Walker Gold Reserve

Journeyman Distillery Bilberry Black Hearts Gin
Journeyman Distillery Buggy Whip Wheat
Journeyman Distillery Featherbone Bourbon
Journeyman Distillery Humdinger Jalapeno
Journeyman Distillery New Zealand Single Malt
Journeyman Distillery Old Country Goodness
Journeyman Distillery Ravenswood Rye
Journeyman Distillery Red Arrow Vodka
Journeyman Distillery Road's End Rum
Journeyman Distillery Snaggle Tooth Coffee Liqueur
Journeyman Distillery Silver Cross
Journeyman Distillery W.R. Whiskey​

Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey

Knob Creek Rye
Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve
Knob Creek Smoked Maple​


Laphroaig Select
Laphroaig Triple Wood 

Larceny Wheated Bourbon

Legacy Canadian Whiskey

Lexington Bourbon

Maker's Mark 46

Masterson's Canadian Rye Whiskey

MB Roland Apple Pie Moonshine
MB Roland Kentucky Blackberry Shine
MB Roland Kentucky Dark Cherry Shine
MB Roland Mint Julep Moonshine
MB Roland Pink Lemonade Monnshine
MB Roland St. Elmo's Fire Moonshine

Mellow Corn

Metaxa 5 Star Greek Brandy
Metaxa 7 Star Greek Brandy 

Midnight Moonshine 100 Proof
Midnight Moonshine Apple Pie
Midnight Moonshine Blackberry
Midnight Moonshine Blueberry
Midnight Moonshine Cherry
Midnight Moonshine Original
Midnight Moonshine Strawberry

Missouri Spirits House Bourbon
Missouri Spirits House Corn Whiskey

Monkey Shoulder

Mount Gay Black Barrel
Mount Gay Extra Old 

Oban 14

Old Charter 8 Year Old

Old Forester
Old Forester Signature

Paddy's Bee Sting
Paddy's Devil Apple 

Pendleton 1910 Rye
Pendleton Canadian Whiskey

PieHole Apple Pie
PieHole Cherry Pie
PieHole Pecan Pie

Platte Valley Moonshine

Powers 12 Year Old
Powers John Lane
Powers Signature

Prichard's Double Barrel
Prichard's Lincoln County Lightening
Prichard's Rye Whiskey
Prichard's Tennessee Whiskey
Prichard's Sweet Lucifer
Prichard's Sweet Lucy
Prichard's Sweet Lucy Cream

Redbreast 12 Year Old
Redbreast 15 Year Old
Redbreast Cask

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

Rich & Rare Reserve

Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon 1792

Rittenhouse Rye

River Rose Gin

Russell's Reserve 6 Year Rye
Russell's Reserve 10 Year

Seagram's 7 Crown American Spiced
Seagram's 7 Crown Orchard Apple

Sinfire Cinnamon Whiskey

Stranahans Whiskey

T’s Apple Pie Shine
T’s Cinnamon Pear Shine
T’s Honey Oak Shine
T’s Redneck Corn Whiskey

Taliskar Storm

Templeton Rye Whiskey

TGL 12 Year Old
TGL 15 Year Old
TGL 16 Year Old
TGL 18 Year Old
TGL 21 Year Old

Tin Cup American Whiskey 

Triple Corn Whiskey

Tullamore DEW
Tullamore DEW 10 Year Single Malt
Tullamore DEW 12 Year
Tullamore DEW Phoenix

Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey


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

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

Woodford Reserve
Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

Yamazaki 12 Year Japanese Whisky 

Yukon Jack Wicked Hot
Yukon Jackapple

Zackariah Harris 

*Line-up subject to change

Need a whiskey break? We've got you covered! 



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

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. 

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.


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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.