Whiskey A Go Go

    Whiskey events, clubs, and distilleries to check out.

    The Doors’ “Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)” doesn’t make sense these days; The next whiskey bar is probably next door to the one you just left. Whiskey is everywhere right now, not just in the oldtimers’ executive offices or boisterous steak houses.

    Ilana Weiss, the Boston Chapter President of Women Who Whiskey, thinks the Kentucky staple is captivating the country as more distilleries pop up and people are exposed to different varieties.

    Earlier this week I attended a Women Who Whiskey (wWw) event with 35 other gals from the Boston area and beyond. We previewed barbecue from chef Andy Husband’s Smoke Shop (coming soon to Kendall Square), and sampled four styles of the brown liquor: Burnside 4-year old bourbon, Barrel Hitch Double Barrel, Bully Boy aged whiskey, and Westland single malt. Mark Turlo of Horizon Beverages led the group through the tasting with notes about each distillery, flavor profiles, and the process of making each batch.

    Women Who Whiskey - Whiskey and barbecue event at chef/owner Andy Husband's Sister Sorrel, in the South End.
    Women Who Whiskey – Whiskey and barbecue event at chef/owner Andy Husband’s Sister Sorrel, in the South End.

    “I don’t really like brown liquor but I like meeting powerful, independent women and I like barbecue, so this really is a no lose situation,” said new member Kristin Kanter of Boston’s Seaport.

    Fellow first-timer Anita Andreassi saw a wWw segment on Chronicle and said, “Oh my! They’re talking about me.”

    Women Who Whiskey started in New York in 2012 and has grown into more than 25 chapters worldwide. The Boston chapter offers entertaining and educational events that center around the grain-based distilled spirit and networking with other women (sometimes men). A few times each year, the club hosts “mixed company” events for friends and guests of Women Who Whiskey.

    To learn more and/or sign up, visit

    First-time attendees of the Women Who Whiskey club cheers before tasting.
    First-time attendees of the Women Who Whiskey club cheers before tasting.

    Going clubbing:

    Rosebud Whiskey Club
    381 Summer Street, Davis Square, Somerville
    (617) 629-9500
    The casual, comfort food spot launches their whiskey club on Friday, April 29th, with a special tasting at 4 p.m., led by Al Rand of Buffalo Trace. The tasting will include limited whiskeys and bourbons like EH Taylor, Seasoned Wood; Eagle Rare 17 year, and Pappy Van Winkle’s 20 year, along with appetizers to complement the spirits. For members who try 25, 50, and 100 of Rosebud Kitchen’s 120 whiskeys throughout their membership, they will be rewarded with souvenirs, respectively: an engraved Glencairn glass, a whiskey book, a four-course dinner and whiskey pairing for two at Rosebud, and round-trip airfare to Louisville, Kentucky. To prevent repeat samples, the free Rosebud Kitchen and Bar app will allow members to track the whiskeys they have tried. Tickets for this event are $95 and available by calling or emailing [email protected]

    Citizen Public House Whiskey Club
    1310 Boylston Street, Boston
    Sample 200 plus whiskeys at this gastro pub and keep track on your club card. Once you have tried them all, you’ll be awarded with a bottle of Citizen Hand Selected Single Barrel Whiskey, a crystal Whiskey glass with your name engraved on it to use every time you visit The Citizen, and a complimentary ice sphere with your glass of whiskey.

    Scotch Club at Wink & Nod
    3 Appleton Street, Boston
    Each Tuesday the South End spot offers club members (denoted by a token and a $20 initiation fee), the opportunity to savor special bottles, learn about their histories, and fully understand their flavor profiles. Members will also be invited to special events such as multi-course dinners with scotch pairings, exclusive tasting events sponsored by distilleries, and giveaways, such as the chance to visit the most historic distilleries in Scotland. Call visit their website for more information or to sign up.

    Distilleries in the hood:

    Bully Boy
    35 Cedric Street, Boston
    To book a tour and taste Bully Boy’s White Rum, Boston Rum, Vodka, White Whiskey, or American Straight Whiskey, visit Bully Boy Tours. Or, to schedule private or corporate tours email [email protected]. There is no signage on this distillery so look for a tan warehouse with a 35 on the door and a parking lot in front.

    Boston Harbor Distillery
    12R Ericsson Street, Boston
    Tours and tastings of their Putnam, Lawley, and Seymour spirit varieties occur every Saturday from 1pm to 7pm and are $10 per person. Reservations are not required, but the distillery recommends calling ahead if you plan to bring a large party of 10 or more people.

    383 Dorchester Avenue, Boston
    This distillery of gin, vodka, whiskey, rum, and flavored liqueurs offers “Friday Night Flights” every Friday at 6:30 pm. Reservations are required for this guided tasting and tour. Free tours run on Saturdays at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm, and the tasting room is open every Saturday from 12pm to 4 pm. For more information or to book a group tour during the week, call or email [email protected].

    Damnation Alley Distillery
    7 Brighton Street, Belmont
    These small-batch distillers use 100% local ingredients to create their vodka and whiskey. Retail hours are Wednesday and Thursday (4pm to 8pm), Friday (4pm to 9 pm), Saturday (12 to 8), and Sunday (12 to 5). For a private group tour and tasting email [email protected]


    Kerry Stanton
    Kerry Stanton is a recipe writer, culinary instructor, and restaurant consultant. She writes for Dirty Water Media and the Boston Herald. “I will not settle for anything less than exceptional food at every meal. This doesn’t mean that I demand excessive extravagance or prized ingredients for breakfast, lunch and dinner - I just want well-cooked, properly seasoned food, presented beautifully. I think we all deserve this much.”




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