Event Details

Big Whiskey's American Restaurant & Bar presents Southwest Missouri's Premier Whiskey Event.

Sip on 200+ spirits, enjoy whiskey-inspired food, take part in private tastings, and explore the art of whiskey making at the 8th annual Whiskey Festival benefiting Care to Learn.

Presented by: Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar

Sponsors: Brown Derby, Ellecor Design, & Gifts, US 97, Reliable Superstore.

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3 P.M. GOLDEN: Ticket includes Rarest of the Rare Tasting, VIP Hour with early entrance into event, Grand Tasting admission and custom Glencairn tasting glass

4 P.M. VIP: Ticket includes VIP Hour with early entrance into event, Grand Tasting admission and custom Glencairn tasting glass

5 P.M. GENERAL ADMISSION: Ticket includes Grand Tasting admission. SOBER DRIVER: Ticket includes unlimited non-alcoholic beverages and food plus entrance into the Grand Tasting.

6:00 P.M. SEMINAR: What Whiskey Means to Missouri
Gary Hinegardner, Owner/Head Distiller of Wood Hat Spirits and President of MO Craft Distillers Guild, will share his insights into what craft distilling means to the state and to whiskey lovers. The Craft Distillers Guild represents 34 distillers in MO producing a wide variety of spirits. Mr Hinegardner is an entertaining speaker and provides a unique perspective as one of the first wave of micro distillers in this state.

7:00 P.M. SEMINAR: Aging of Whiskey 101
Lee Griffith, Director of Sales of Boot Hill Distillery, will take the attendee through the history and process of aging from new make whiskey to longer aged whiskey using spirits from within the same distillery.


Overnight Accommodations

TownePlace Suites by Marriott | Click here to book now! | Contact by phone at 417-881-8118 | Rates starting at $106

Vib Springfield | Use code: WHISKEY for a discount when booking | Contact by phone at 417-881-9100 | Rates starting at $109

Venue Information

John A. & Genny Morris Conservation Center
600 W. Sunshine
Springfield, MO 65807
(417) 891-5111

Organizer Information

417 Magazine

2111 S. Eastgate Ave.
Springfield, MO 65809
(417) 883-7417

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