Inaugural ‘Beer • Bourbon • Scotch Invitational’ set for Saratoga

04 Aug

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY — The inaugural “Saratoga Beer•Bourbon•Scotch Invitational” is coming  up fast.

The event, to be held at the Saratoga City Center and Saratoga Hilton, will take place Friday and Saturday, August 20-21. Adult beverages from around the world and food from a number of local restaurants will be featured.

There will be two sessions each day — 12:30 to 4:30 and 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. VIP Pass holders will receive an additional 45 minutes at each session. Educational seminars will take place throughout each session. Pints for Prostates, a men’s health charity founded by North Carolina drinks writer Rick Lyke, will be the featured charity. During the event a silent auction will take place at the Saratoga Hilton High Rocks Room. All bids for items on Friday will benefit Pints for Prostates.

Lyke, 49, a former resident of Clifton Park who was active in numerous community activities, had successful prostate cancer surgery in April 2008. “According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 218,000 new prostate cancer cases will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year, which is 25,000 more than the number of expected new cases of breast cancer,” Lyke said. “Sadly, more than 32,000 American men will die from the disease this year.”

Ticket prices start at $65 and are available online. The event is being sponsored by Alta Log Homes and Fauci & Kupferman Law.

A partial list of the beers that will be poured at the event includes:

Innis & Gunn




Fire Island








St. Peter’s


Sierra Nevada

Cave Mountain

Whiskeys will include:



Woodford Reserve


Maker’s Mark

Knob Creek

Buffalo Trace


Berkshire Mountain

The Glenlivet



Johnnie Walker

Chivas Regal


Other selected spirits, such as Gosling’s Rum and Pristine Vodka, also will be available.

The Saratoga Beer•Bourbon•Scotch Invitational will feature live music as well, with such acts as The Woodstock Blues Festival Road Show, Ernie Williams and Murali Coryell. Food will be served by The Olde Bryan Inn, Beverly’s, Spring Street Deli, D’Andrea’s Rory Pizza, The Factory Eatery, The Parting Glass, Saratoga Hilton and Le Canard Enchaine. A pig roast and chicken barbecue, shrimp and clams by Mick’s Chix’s, Maine Black Bear Seafood also will be part of the festivities. An outdoor cigar area will be available.

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Posted by on August 4, 2010 in Beer, Spirits, Tasting Event, Wine


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