Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Enjoy Templeton Rye at WhiskyFest Chicago, April 1

Templeton Rye, a rye whiskey company based in Templeton, Iowa, will be part of Malt Advocate’s 9th Annual WhiskyFest Chicago 2009, April 1 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago (151 E. Wacker Dr., 312-565-1234), from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. VIP tickets for WhiskyFest are sold out, but a limited number of general admission tickets for $95 remain.

“Chicago WhiskyFest is on par for the best event of its kind in the country,” says Templeton Rye Founder and President Scott Bush, whose company will be making its fourth appearance at WhiskyFest Chicago. “The city has a lot of whiskey expertise. Being in the same room with many other notable whiskey brands gives people to chance to see how a rye whiskey compares to other brands.”

WhiskyFest Chicago features more than 200 of the world's finest, rarest and most expensive, single malt and blended Scotch, Irish, bourbon, Tennessee, Japanese, Welsh, Canadian and other whiskies from around the world to sample in one Grand Ballroom. High-end rums, tequilas, beer and other spirits are represented as well.

The focus is on education, and various distillery representatives are at the pouring booths to explain how the whiskies are made. Seminars, many featuring their own tastings, run throughout the evening. Guests meet distinguished members of the whiskey community, and learn first-hand how their brands are made.

The father and son team of Meryl Kerkoff and Keith Kerkoff, Master and Assistant Master Distillers at Templeton Rye, respectively, will also be at WhiskyFest pouring Templeton Rye and telling Templeton Rye stories at the rye whiskey’s event booth, number 13. Meryl Kerkoff learned how to make the rye whiskey from his father, Alphons, and Keith is meticulous about keeping up the quality production started by his grandfather.

Bush, a noted craft distiller, will be part of a six-person panel discussing the practice from 8:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. at WhiskyFest.

About Templeton Rye
When prohibition outlawed the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages in 1920, enterprising residents of tiny Templeton, Iowa, population 350, came together to create an American classic known as Templeton Rye Whiskey, or “The Good Stuff” to those in the know.

Over the course of its storied history, Templeton Rye became Al Capone’s whiskey of choice, quickly finding its way to the center of his bootlegging empire. Speakeasies in Chicago, New York and as far west as San Francisco, poured Templeton Rye as the "Best Whiskey in the House." Later legends suggest that a few bottles even found their way inside the walls of Alcatraz to the cell of prisoner AZ-85.

Available legally for the first time, the infamous small batch rye whiskey returns. Aged in charred new oak barrels and produced from the original Prohibition Era recipe, Templeton Rye provides a smooth finish and a clean getaway. Find out more at

About WhiskyFest Chicago
Malt Advocate’s 9th Annual WhiskyFest Chicago 2009 will be at the Hyatt Regency Chicago (151 E. Wacker Dr.), from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. April 1. General admission tickets are $95. Business or business casual attire is preferred. yFor more information, please call the hotel at (312) 565-1234 or visit WhiskyFest’s blog at
Templeton Rye Event, March 25
Can't wait to get your hands on Templeton Rye? Don't forget In Fine Spirits (5418 N. Clark St., Chicago) is hosting a "Behind the Scenes at Templeton Rye" event today, March 25, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Learn more details about the event here.

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