Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Come Drink with Me in Peoria on Thursday, January 25

HopScotch is an adults-only evening to benefit the Peoria Playhouse Children's Museum in Peoria, Illinois. They invite a few of their favorite local restaurants and breweries to bring in signature whiskey cocktails and locally-crafted brews. The event also has live music, a silent auction, and hands-on activities. Food too.

I don't know how hands-on you'll want to get, but I am one of the activities. Holders of a VIP ticket can hang out with me in the VIP Whiskey Lounge and sample a selection of fine bourbons. My books will be available for sale and signing. I'll be there to pour the drinks and talk about all things American whiskey.

The whole event sounds like fun. "HopScotch is our annual adults-only event that helps us kick off the new year. The Cookery returns providing guests with savory and tasty selections while you explore the museum, participate in the activities, and make new friends. You will see Noir and Hearth again this year providing their delicious whiskey cocktails. We welcome Edge, Tannins and Hops, and Zion to this year's event and couldn't be more excited. Our beer presenters won't be outmatched and are offering several options for the beer lover. Half Acre has come back to play and new to the group are Destihl and Triptych. This year is going to top last year's event with the exciting auction."

Tickets are here.

About that auction, one of the items on offer will be this very bottle of Maker's Mark Private Select, Curmudgeons Edition.

This is from the barrel created by me and fellow writers Lew Bryson, Fred Minnick and Michael Dietsch last summer. We won't be pouring it in the Lounge, but you can bid on it in the Silent Auction. While it is not quite one-of-a-kind, you won't find it in any stores. You'll be the pride of Peoria if you place the winning bid.

Peoria, Illinois, and the nearby town of Pekin, were once whiskey producers on a scale that rivaled Kentucky. The infamous 19th century Whiskey Trust was based there. The town still produces a lot of ethanol. If you're in central Illinois, come say hello and benefit a worthy cause.


tanstaafl2 said...

Hi Chuck,

Good luck with the event and auction! I have enjoyed the opportunity to try a variety of different Maker's Mark Private Selection's (some I liked a lot, some less so). I have also now recently had the chance to participate in the selection of a Maker's Mark Private Selection. I am curious to know what combination of staves you and your fellow "curmudgeon's" selected for this bottle, should you choose to share!

Chuck Cowdery said...

Curmudgeons is 2 baked American Pure 2, 1 seared French cuvee, 6 Maker's 46, and 1 roasted French mocha.

tanstaafl2 said...

Thanks for the "recipe"! My own pick was a bit heavier on the Makers 46 and French Mocha. It does seem a bit of a crap shoot since it must marry for several months and there is no guarantee that the base MM is exactly the same as what you use to build your selection. Although I suppose MM is likely to be more consistent barrel to barrel than most brands. And of course ones palate potentially changes from one day to the next. At least mine seems to!

The final product in my case seemed a little different from the blend we made initially based on memory. Still, I enjoyed both the experience and the final result.