If you’re a bourbon lover, the month of March is for you.
In restaurants and bars throughout the city, whiskey is the main ingredient shaking up cocktails crafted by distillery professionals and master bartenders. These artists are teaching classes and hosting whiskey tastings in local hot spots helping to make this traditional cocktail a modern classic.
In DuPont, stop by The St.Gregory Hotel‘s hip lobby bar. They serve up a short, curated list of cocktails, and the Tredici #2– made with rye whiskey, carpano antica, and house bitters is one of their bestsellers.
Adams Morgan is one of DC’s popular neighborhoods blending new versions of traditional whiskey cocktails at the Jack Rose Dining Saloon. With two dozen tasting flights to choose from, whiskey lovers can samples drinks from Virginia Distilleries, international Japanese flights from the Nikka Distillery, and everything in between.
On the other side of town, Capitol Hill politicos are spending their happy hour sipping an assortment of whiskeys at local watering holes like Barrel DC. The spirit list is long, and there is plenty new to try.
These whiskey establishments are stirring up a beverage buzz. If you want to sample whiskey flights like an expert, check out these upcoming events.
Here are 4 Whiskey Events You Won’t Want to Miss This Month:
2017 Whisky Live DC
Whiskey Live is the place to be for whiskey lovers. This unique event combines distillers and whiskey drinkers together to explore the most sought-after and eccentric flavors in the spirit industry.
Celebrate one of the oldest, and most popular beverages by tasting over 150 samples of different scotches, bourbons, and whiskeys.
Saturday, March 11, 5:30-9:30 PM | Grand Hyatt Washington | RSVP
Guided Chocolate & Whiskey Tasting at Co Co. Sala
Chocolate connoisseurs and whiskey gurus unite to taste these award-winning combinations. Learn from the experts as you enjoy tastings from the following distilled whiskeys: George Dickel Tennessee Rye, George Dickel #12 Tennessee Whiskey, Bulleit 10 Year, Blade & Bow, and Orphan Barrel Forged Oak.
Wednesday, March 15, 6-7:30 PM | Co Co. Sala | RSVP
Jos. A. Magnus Cocktail Dinner at Lincoln
Originally established in 1892, the Jos. A. Magnus & Co. distillery opened its doors again in 2015 and is quickly becoming the place for American brewed whiskey, bourbon, and gin in the city.
This dinner features turn of the century bourbon recreated from Prohibition-era recipes. These craft cocktails, which have been around for generations, are being served as traditional cocktails with a modern spin.
Join the spirit masters at a pop-up tasting inspired by seasonal tastes perfect for springtime.
Wednesday, March 22, 6:30-9 PM | Lincoln Restaurant | RSVP
Women Who Whiskey DC Master Class with Whistle Pig Whiskey
Whiskey has a long history in DC dating back to the turn of the century, Prohibition-era distilleries. Master this spirit by tasting and discussing eleven different types of international whiskeys.
Sunday, March 12, 12:45-4 PM | Eat the Rich | RSVP
Photography by Karen Tropea