Pittsburgh Magazine to Bring Back Pittsburgh Whiskey Festival

The 2021 Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival will take place on Friday, Sept. 24.

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After taking over the management of two large-scale Pittsburgh events in 2019 — the Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival and the Wine Festival — Pittsburgh Magazine is excited to announce the return of both events.

Pittsburgh Magazine’s 2021 Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival will take place on Friday, Sept. 24, at Rivers Casino’s Event Center, and Pittsburgh Magazine’s Wine Festival will take place in Spring 2022.

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Pittsburgh Magazine rejuvenated the Whiskey Festival in 2019, incorporating interactive spirits lounges within an expanded space. The Whiskey Festival featured more than 300 spirits tastings and exclusive product sampling, including craft spirits made in Western Pennsylvania.

“Our first whiskey festival was a roaring success,” says Betsy Benson, publisher of Pittsburgh Magazine. “While the pandemic delayed our second annual event by a year, we are excited to bring it back to Pittsburghers who are eager to experience this fun and informative event.”

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The VIP tasting will grant ticket holders early access to the festival from 5-6:30 p.m. and a voucher for $10 off a $30 purchase at the on-site Fine Wine & Good Spirits store. VIP Guests are invited to continue their experience during the Grand Tasting from 6:30-9 p.m. (As of Aug. 15, VIP Tickets were sold out)

The Grand Tasting will feature premium distilled spirits from around the world, including whiskey, scotch, bourbon, tequila, gin, rum and vodka. Guests can converse with industry representatives, interact with their favorite brands and enjoy a buffet dinner prepared by the Rivers Casino culinary team.

Tickets are on sale now.

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Pittsburgh Magazine’s Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival fast facts:

Date: Friday, Sept. 24, 2021

Time: VIP Tasting: 5:00-9:00 p.m. (SOLD OUT)

Grand Tasting: 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Cost: VIP: $110 (through July); $130 (through August); $150 (full price)

Grand Tasting: $80 (through July); $95 (through August); $110 (full price)

Ticket buyers can expect:

  • 250+ premium distilled spirits including whiskey, scotch, vodka, gin, rum, tequila, cordials and handcrafted cocktails
  • Exclusive Product Sampling
  • Meet & Greets with Distillers and Brand Ambassadors
  • Interactive Spirits Lounges
  • Fine Wine & Good Spirits Store for Onsite Purchases
  • VIP Early Access
  • Complimentary Parking available in the Rivers Casino garage

Suggested attire for the evening is business casual or cocktail.

Follow Pittsburgh Magazine’s social media accounts and @PAWINESPIRITS for further updates.

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