Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Dram Dance @ The Gator Club BUY TICKETS

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Enjoy our special chillwave musical guest Brothertiger at a private Whiskey Obsession Festival event upstairs at the Gator Club, featuring a performance by Black Diamond Burlesque.  $10 ticket includes one Old Forester cocktail.



Thursday, March 31, 2016

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

The Panel of Whiskey Experts Interactive Tasting and Discussion BUY TICKETS
Cost $45 + tax, per person

*Note new location!
The Francis, 1289 North Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236

Join four master distillers and four brand ambassadors for this unique interactive panel and tasting as they share and discuss sixteen of their favorite spirits.  Tickets are $45 and seating is limited to 75 guests; please reserve early.  Panelists are:

  •  Chris Morris, Woodford Reserve Master Distiller & the Chairman of the Kentucky Distillers Association
  • Pam Heilmann, Michter’s Distiller
  • Brendan Coyle; High West Distiller
  • Rob Dietrich, Stranahan’s Distiller
  • Bernie Lubbers, Heaven Hill Ambassador and Whiskey Professor
  • David Blackmore, Glenmorangie and Ardbeg Master Ambassador
  • Gardner Dunn, Beam Suntory Ambassador
  • Philip Pepperdine, Beam Suntory Ambassador

Contact us for more information.



Friday, April 1, 2016

The Whiskey Obsession Grand Tasting and Master Classes BUY TICKETS

Michael’s on East, 1212 East Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239

• 6:30 pm VIP Admission

• 7:30 pm General Admission

• 8:00 pm Class I, II, and III

• 9:15 pm Class IV, V, VI

• 10:30 pm Last Pour

• 10:45 pm After Party at Made Restaurant


Session 1, 8:00 pm to 8:45 pm

  • Class I The History of North American Whisk(e)y History One Sip at a Time with Michael Ring, Brown Forman Brand Champion
  • Class II Michter’s: It’s All About the Whiskey with Pam Heilmann, Distiller
  • Class III The Art of Japanese Whisky with Gardner Dunn, Yamazaki Ambassador

Session 2, 9:15 pm to 10:00 pm

  • Class IV Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey with Jess Graber, Founder of Tincup Whiskey
  • Class V Glenmorangie: Finishes and More with David Blackmore, Global Brand Ambassador
  • Class VI: Cigar and Whisky Pairing with Montecristo cigars presented by Atul Solanki, owner of the Cigar Castle in Tampa and Philip Pepperdine, Bowmore Ambassador.


With 250 whiskies available to sample, the Grand Tasting features dozens of the world’s premium global brands as well as many emerging craft distillers.  Taught by industry professionals, our six seminar-style master classes present an opportunity for in-depth learning and interactive tastings with distillers and brand ambassadors. 


Ticket levels are available:


VIP $195:

• VIP admission is limited to 150 guests and includes one commemorative Glencairn glass and one hour early entrance at 6:30 pm.

• VIP hour pours of ultra-premium, fine, expensive, and rare spirits (details will be available on the event website).

• One $50 retail voucher for purchases and special orders placed on Friday, April 1, 2016 during the Whiskey Obsession Festival grand tasting.

• Greater opportunity to interact with distillery ambassadors and industry professionals.

• Unlimited tasting of over 200 spirits.

• Priority seating at small group seminar classes (first come first served).

• Wine, soft drinks, buffet and hors d’ oeuvres. 


General Admission $95:

• General admission is limited to 500 guests and includes one commemorative Glencairn glass and entrance at 7:30 pm

• Unlimited tasting of over 200 spirits.

• Seating as available at small group seminar classes (first come first served).

• Wine, soft drinks, buffet and hors d’ oeuvres.


Companion $45:

• Companion admission is limited to 75 guests and includes entrance with VIP or general admission ticket holders.

• Wine, soft drinks, buffet and hors d’ oeuvres.


Whiskey Obsession Festival Official After Party at Made Restaurant



10:45 pm to 2:00 am (immediately following the Whiskey Obsession Festival)

at Made Restaurant, 1990 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236   (941)953-2900 – Across from Hollywood 20

No cover charge.  Enjoy a relaxing conclusion to the Festival at Sarasota’s premiere downtown restaurant.