The Lively Water Whiskey Festival will offer a mixology session — Photo courtesy of Lively Water Whiskey Festival
Why did original distillers call whiskey "lively water”? Guests attending the inaugural Lively Water Whiskey Festival on Saturday, Nov. 15, at Chicago’s Field Museum will learn the term’s origins as well as sip on a variety of whiskey styles, learn from master distillers and taste unique whiskey cocktails.
The timing for the festival couldn’t be better, considering whiskey has become the It drink as of late. Once the drink of our grandfathers, it’s experiencing something of a cultural renaissance, as the brown spirit grows in popularity and bars and restaurants throughout the country stock more varieties than ever.
Whether one has been loyal to the whiskey spirit for years or is looking to expand their knowledge, the two-hour event promises a good time for whiskey connoisseurs and those looking for an introduction to the spirit.
Admission includes sampling from a variety of expressions and interactive mixology sessions explaining how to create crowd-pleasing cocktails at home, as well as panelists and information sessions about the industry.
Local distillers including KOVAL and F.E.W. Spirits will be on-hand, as well as a host of American and Scottish brands. A partial list of distillers is available on the festival’s website.
Guests at the inaugural Lively Water Whiskey Festival will sample a variety of styles — Photo courtesy of Lively Water Whiskey Festival
Samples will be one-fourth of an ounce, allowing everyone the opportunity to sample a variety of drinks. For those wishing to sample a variety of rare and unique whiskeys, a Special Reserves ticket (which can be purchased for an additional fee at the event) gives one access to these expressions but will only be available in limited quantities.
“Guests will enjoy a variety of samples of their favorite brands and discover new ones,” says Amanda Hogue, event director at Red Frog Events, the company behind the festival.
For those who want to try their hand at crafting drinks, a mixology session will be available to all guests. During the session, they’ll have the opportunity to mix a spirit and expression offered with various ingredients, such as sours, distilled water, various juices and garnishes.
Tickets start at $65 for general admission and $105 for VIP. Tickets for the festival cannot be purchased on-site, so those interested in attending should secure their tickets through the event website in advance.
Parking can be secured near the Field Museum, but public transportation is encouraged. For those who want to attend but not imbibe, a Designated Driver Ticket grants access to the festival without alcohol. Rather, they’ll be served soda and water with their ticket purchase. Food will be available for purchase on-site as well.