Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Where to get “The Good Stuff” this week

There are plenty of opportunities this week to enjoy Al Capone’s favorite Prohibition Era whiskey, Templeton Rye. Start by attending River North’s “Jingle and Mingle” holiday celebration Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The James Hotel (55 E. Ontario St.). Enjoy music from a pianist from The Redhead Piano Bar and Dickens-era carolers as well as three separate classic cocktail bars featuring Templeton Rye favorites. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door and can be purchased at www.rivernorthassociation.com.

The End of the Noble Experiment
Congress repealed the Prohibition Act on December 5, 1933. Templeton Rye and several Chicago area bars are celebrating Repeal Day with special events and classic TR cocktails.

In Fine Spirits (5420 N. Clark St., 773-334-9463) is hosting Templeton Rye and celebrating the 76th Anniversary of Prohibition Repeal Day from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Enjoy specials on Templeton Rye Prohibition cocktails including The Capone, Manhattan, Old Fashioned, Corpse Reviver No. 2, Old Tom Collins, Clover Club and Sidebar.

Calling all flappers, ladies and gents! Join Fion Wine & Spirits (426 W. Diversey Pkwy; 773-549-5400) for its 2nd annual celebration of the Repeal Prohibition 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. The $40 “Noble Experiment” package includes domestic bottles, call drinks, Segrura Viudas Cava, Prohibiton Era cocktails including the Templeton Rye Old Fashioned, plus Planter’s Punch and passed appetizers. Tickets are just $35 if guests wear a Prohibition Era costume. Templeton Rye is also giving away TR flasks and t-shirts. Call (773) 868-8073 for details.

Suburbanites can also celebrate Repeal Day with the Walnut SpeakEasy (214 Walnut Ave., Elgin, Ill.; 847-695-2420) Saturday, Dec. 5 until 2 a.m. Enjoy free live jazz, complimentary shoe shines and Templeton Rye cocktail specials while celebrating the end of the “Noble Experiment.” Guests are encouraged to don flapper dresses and gangster suits to join the celebration. Cash prizes are awarded to the best dressed. Templeton Rye also has special giveaways and promotions.

Iowa Spirits Night
Colleen Graham, author of the Cocktails Guide for the New York Times’ About.com and S&C Graham Foto Design are hosting an evening of Iowa Spirits on Thursday, Dec. 3 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the S&C Studios (220 Main St., Cedar Falls, Iowa). The open house event brings together parties from Iowa’s distilled spirits industry including Templeton Rye whiskey from Templeton, Iowa and Clearheart Spirits of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Enjoy complimentary libations while viewing artwork from several talented local artists. Visit www.scgrahamfoto.com for more information.

Give the gift of Rye this Holiday Season
Templeton Rye makes the perfect holiday gift for a special loved one. Since supply is limited, be sure to visit www.templetonrye.com to see where to find “The Good Stuff.”

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