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The Houston Whiskey Festival Returns April 1

There's just over a week left to buy tickets for spirits, craft beers and song.

By Nath Pizzolatto March 24, 2017

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An annual tradition that started in 2014 returns to Houston in less than two weeks. Yep, it's time to get your tickets to the Houston Whiskey Festival, which is set for April 1. Doors open at 6 p.m. to VIPs, and at 7 p.m. for those holding general admission tickets.

The first Whiskey Festival was held at the Julia Ideson Building downtown before the festival moved to its current location at the larger Bayou City Event Center, where it has been ever since. Once again, the Whiskey Festival promises a chance to sample a wide range of whiskies across styles and profiles, with over 20 brands pouring more than 60 different expressions of whiskey. Texas distilleries will once again have a presence at the festival, with Balcones among the confirmed labels. A handful of other spirits will be made available as well, including cognac, vodka, rum and tequila, as well as a high-end selection of limited-release local craft beers (including selections from the Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel series).

Beyond whiskey, the festival has live entertainment once again. Live music will be provided by several bands, including local and Texas artists. The lineup includes Jared Deck, The Mighty Orq, Latasha Lee & the BlackTies and The Hybrid 7 band. The event also contains a cigar lounge for aficionados who like to pair their favorite whiskey with their favorite smoke.

Beyond the representatives at each booth who pour the whiskey and can answer any questions you may have, the Whiskey Festival once again offers seminars on various expressions of whiskey. Representatives from Redemption, Woodford Reserve and Dewar’s will be on hand to talk about their rye, bourbon, and Scotch, respectively.

The Houston Whiskey Festival is festive, all right, but more than that, it’s a great chance to speak to representatives from various distilleries, and learn more about your favorite whiskeys.

VIP tickets also include admission to the VIP lounge, with food catered by Eddie V’s and whiskey options from the Macallan. Part of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Santana Dotson Foundation. For tickets, visit the Houston Whiskey Festival website.

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