Friday, Apr 05, 2019 5:30p -
Penn Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology
3260 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Alcohol, Business, Date Idea, Festivals & Fairs, Food, Innovation, Lectures & Conferences, Social Good
An event FOR Whiskey Lovers, BY Whiskey Lovers
The American Whiskey Convention is the world’s largest annual event dedicated entirely to American whiskeys.
Sample from a collection of over 250 American whiskeys while taking in golden Egyptian artifacts, priceless sculptures, and classical art at the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The Penn Museum of Archeology is awe-inspiring and filled with so many fascinating and significant archeological discoveries, so of course, it would be the perfect place to dig into the history of some of our favorite drinks.
With over 80 intriguing vendors, guests will have access to every style of American whiskey and hundreds of whiskey-inspired gifts. Attendees find beverage accessories, whiskey-themed furniture, and even bespoke clothing. Guests are invited to browse and shop, visit VIP lounges or observe demonstrations of everything from grain milling to bartenders mixing classic cocktails, even pair that luxurious bourbon with world class cigar in a private tobacconist’s lounge or pamper yourself with an old-fashioned straight-razor shave and shoe shine.
DISCUSSION FORUMS -
Sit in on discussions where you'll enjoy learning more about the world of whiskey! It's only appropriate that we'll be highlighting archaeology in the whiskey world in our new venue, The Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
There will also be plenty to eat and nothing goes better with American whiskey than barbecue! Food Network Star and Chopped Grill Master, Chef Chad Rosenthal (who owns The Lucky Well in Ambler, PA), will host a barbeque pig roast complemented by a selection of locally sourced sides. Each dish is designed to pair perfectly with select bourbons and rye whiskeys.
MASTER CLASSES w/ Whiskey Experts
All ticket holders to the American Whiskey Convention are invited to sit in on whiskey tasting classes led by industry experts. Old Forester "Whiskey Row Series" Tastings and Old Elk Distillery Tastings
OVER 250 AMERICAN WHISKEYS!
Experience the many varieties of American-made whiskeys (in your collectible event glassware), from the small craft distillers to the very large distilleries that we all know and love! Bourbons, ryes, malt whiskeys, wheat whiskeys, small-grain experimental whiskeys, white whiskeys and more!
GRAIN TO GLASS
Meet and talk with agricultural business owners and farmers that are integral parts of the whiskey making process. You can't make whiskey without the grain, and the grain farmers, millers, maltsters, barrel makers, and agricultural small businesses that will be present will lead you through the steps that come before the distillery.
ARTISAN CRAFTS AND LIFESTYLE
Browse the many hand-made, artisan crafts, barrel art and furniture, artisanal chocolates and sweets, and premium cigars. Watch cocktail demonstrations, pick up a good whiskey book, get a shoe shine, a beard trim, or a touch-up. Bid on custom suits or purchase hand-made shoes or accessories. Take a picture at the photo booth or get a whiskey tattoo! AND SO MUCH MORE!!!!!
Explore Whiskey Archaeology as a VIP guest!
VIP guests gain exclusive entry to the event an hour before the general public. Your VIP pass gives you access to limited release bottles and the opportunity to reserve seats for one of our interactive discussion panels.
VIP Panel 1
Private Forum and Tasting Bourbon Pompeii: Exploring Whiskey Archaeology at OFC Distillery with Nicolas Laracuente Archeologists discovered a long-forgotten distillery buried beneath hundreds of years of dirt, dust, and concrete in Frankfort, Kentucky. Whiskey archaeologist Nicolas Laracuente will share details of their ground-breaking work. Attendees will sample EH Taylor whiskeys and experimental distillates from Buffalo Trace.
VIP Panel 2
Private Tour Ancient Alcohol Tour: Explore the Archaeology of Booze! Meet the “Indiana Jones of Ancient Ales, Wines and Extreme Beverages,” Patrick McGovern. The renowned beer archaeologist will lead a tour through the museum’s ancient drinking vessel collection while he shares intoxicating tales of drinking in the ancient world.
Meet the Masters
America’s first president, George Washington, had a long-forgotten distillery in Mount Vernon, Virginia. In 1999, archaeologists uncovered details that allowed them to reconstruct that distillery. Steve Bashore, Director of Historic Trades at Mount Vernon’s Distillery and Gristmill, will not only have some of the items recovered from the distillery’s archeological dig on display at the event, but he will be pouring whiskeys that were recreated using colonial era techniques from George Washington’s own recipes!
Steve Beam, President and Master Distiller at Limestone Branch Distillery, will mingle with guests. Craft distillers like Lisa Roper Wicker of Saints and Monsters, Vince Oleson of Widow Jane and Herman Mihalich of Dad’s Hat and more will be able to answer all your distilling questions.
Master distiller Greg Metze, best known for his 38 years of distilling at Seagram’s Distillery (now known as MGP Products), will also be featuring whiskeys from his new distillery project, Old Elk. It was his many years of hard work as a master distiller in Lawrenceburg, Indiana that earned one of America’s most prolific distilleries the Whiskey Advocate’s Distillery of the Year Award in 2015. Greg is a legend and he’s going to lead a forum, which is incredibly exciting. Metze is the skilled hand behind many brand favorites including Bulleit Rye, Angel’s Envy, High West Whiskeys and Smooth Ambler whiskeys. After his discussion forum, Metze will be available to interact with guests in Old Elk’s VIP lounge. You will be able to sample his Old Elk products in a master tasting class, many of which are only available in their tasting room in Colorado.
There will also be an Old Forester Bourbon master tasting class. This will feature Old Forester’s Whiskey Row Series of bourbon whiskeys. Seatings for both classes are at 7pm and 8pm.
Event Proceeds Help Local Farmers Proceeds from the 4th annual American Whiskey Convention go to the non-profit Delaware Fields Foundation, which works alongside farmers and other local non-profits to bring attention to the vital role small farms play in our communities. The foundation works to educate the public through events such as this whiskey convention.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
The Penn Museum has a parking garage that is accessible from Convention Ave.
There are other parking facilities in the neighborhood.
Taxi service near the Penn Museum is fairly regular, due to the location being very near the hospital and public transportation's University City Station. We strongly recommend using Uber and Lyft to request a safe ride home or call your favorite local taxi company.
What should/can I bring into the event?
Please have a valid ID ready with ticket at time of entry
NO OPEN BOTTLES ARE ALLOWED AT EVENT. OPEN BOTTLES WILL BE CONFISCATED.
What's the refund policy?
All sales are final—no refunds will be given.
Are there hotel packages for overnight stays available?
Yes. Click HERE for more info.
Where do I enter the event? Where are the wheelchair ramps and handicapped accessible restrooms?
You enter the event through the main entrance on South Street. The Main Entrance (Kamin), located across from Franklin Field on South Street, is accessible via a wheelchair ramp near the corner of South and 33rd Streets. Wheelchair accessible restrooms are located at the Group Entrance (Kress) and at the far end of the Middle East Galleries near the Widener Lecture Hall. These locations will be marked on the map and there will be event staff available to direct you.
Can I purchase spirits and crafts at the convention?
You will be able to purchase whiskey-related crafts. You will not be able to purchase any spirits; this is a tasting and educational event only.
What is the attire for the evening?
Business or business casual attire is recommended.
Will there be seating at the event?
Yes, there will be limited lounge seating where guests can relax and enjoy the night.
Can I reenter the American Whiskey Convention once I've left?
No. Once you've exited the event, there is no re-entry.