Please join us for a very special event, as we explore and taste whiskies of the world. This, admittedly, has nothing to do with science fiction and fantasy. But whiskey is amazing and one of my absolute favorite things, and so we’re doing something a little unusual here. Perhaps your only experience with whiskey has been with cheaper mixing whiskeys, and you're wondering what all the hype is about. Or perhaps you've been wanting to learn more about whiskey, in all its delightful complexity, for some time now but didn't know where to start. Either way, this event will be a special treat, and we know you’ll enjoy it. In fact, here’s a video explaining exactly why you need to attend this event.
Whisky or Whiskey (spelled with an e in Ireland and America), is distilled from fermented grain mash and aged in wooden casks, generally made of charred oak. The combination of ingredients, the water used, cask material and history, and time aged are what shape the flavor and character of the whiskey.
Our tasting will include an exploration of eight selected whiskies ranging from Ireland to Scotland to North America, with specially designed food pairings for each. There will also be more substantial fare for afterwards to help fortify us before we drive home. The tasting will be the equivalent of about 4 drinks (cushioned by food and spread over several hours). We have designed the event to give you plenty of time time and food by which to shed the effects of the alcohol before driving home, but your safety is important to us, so we do recommend you find a designated driver to drop you off and pick you up if you’re able to. It’s also an easy 10-12 minute walk to and from the East Falls Church Metro station. And you can also always call a cab (or walk to the metro and grab one from the taxi stand).
We do strongly recommend that you come to the whiskey tasting with a clean palate. Try to avoid strong or spicy foods for at least 2 hours beforehand, and you may wish to brush your teeth or use mouthwash before coming. We do also require that you come to the event fully sober. Not only is it a safety issue, it will ensure you have the best possible tasting experience. This should go without saying, but all attendees must be 21 years of age or older.
Please arrive on time. Space is limited, so we will be using a waiting list. RSVPs will be locked in 14 days prior (Saturday July 5 at 6:00 PM). If you RSVP yes, please make sure you (and any of your guests, if applicable) attend!* We will not be able to offer any refunds after July 5.
We are asking that each attendee pay an event fee to help us defray the rental cost of the room and the cost of the whiskies, the accompanying food, and the other accessories needed to run an event like this. You must pay online in order to RSVP ($51.80) or pay in cash at a prior meetup if space remains available ($50 exact change, bills only by July 13) and we'll add you manually to the event.
We are responsible for cleaning the room ourselves, so we ask for your help and cooperation in avoiding any messes, and quickly alerting us to any spills that occur. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions of which we should be aware. We may be able to accommodate them.
The venue has parking restrictions, and you cannot park in the main condo parking lot (not even the handicapped spaces). Not only will this probably get you towed, it will jeopardize our relationship with the venue and the likelihood of being able to hold future events.
There is however, plenty of street parking available (here's a map). I'd suggest you first try on N Sycamore St and N Tuckahoe St (parallel and west of Roosevelt Blvd) or along 11th Rd N and 12th St N (perpendicular) or on N Rockingham St or N Rochester St (parallel and east). All are very close and easy walks to the venue. The building is access-controlled, so from 5:30-6:30 we'll have someone waiting at the door to let you in and send you upstairs. You must arrive by 6:30 at the absolute latest to participate.
Also, just to clarify on the accessibility of the venue, in addition to handicapped parking being unavailable for our use, reaching the party room will require climbing a single flight of stairs. These are factors beyond our control, but please factor them into your decision to attend.
*Since missing one of these meetups is taking a spot away from someone else who wants to attend, we'll need to have a stricter attendance policy than normal. For this special event, a no-show will prohibit you from attending any other space-limited special event or DVD/TV night for 4 months after your no-show. In order to avoid a no-show, please update your RSVP no later than 72 hours before an event. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!