Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Templeton Rye Cocktail Demonstration at Fizz Bar & Grill

Last night, the Templeton Rye team was at Fizz Bar & Grill (3220 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-348-6000) as part of Chicago's Whiskey Week festivities. TR brand manager, Michael Killmer took center stage in front of Fizz's packed house. After showing a short film about the history of the rye whiskey, Killmer demonstrated how to make several classic cocktails using Templeton Rye, including the Sazerac, Old Fashioned and Manhattan. Guests were treated to mini samplings of the cocktails while watching a second short film about the Templeton Rye Distillerly, located in the small town of Templeton, Iowa.
Also on hand were Templeton Rye President and Founder, Scott Bush, along with Assistant Master Distiller, Keith Kerkoff. Bush's great grandfather, and Kerkoff's grandfather both made Templeton Rye whiskey decades ago. Bush and Kerkoff got together, using the Kerkoff family recipe, to create Templeton Rye as we know it today. Although TR is currently only available in Iowa and Illinois, expect a nation-wide launch in the next three to five years.

Miss last night's event? The TR team is back in action tonight, March 31, at Binny's Beverage Depot (1132 S. Jefferson St.; 312-768-4400) 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Meet the team and get an autographed bottle of Templeton Rye whiskey.

These Whiskey Week events are the kickoff to the 9th Annual WhiskyFest Chicago, put on by Malt Advocate magazine. WhiskyFest is this Wednesday, April 1 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago (151 E. Wacker Dr.), 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Visit http://www.whiskyfest.wordpress.com/ for more information.

To learn more about Templeton Rye, visit http://www.templetonrye.com/.
(Photos: Stephanie DeMeester, Kurman Communications, Inc.)

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