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A festival dedicated to the education and tasting of premium craft beverages at the Hop Scotch Spring Beer & Scotch Festival

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With each Scotch bottle in our tasting ranging from $50-$120 it allows guests to try before committing to an expensive purchase in a pub or store.

Hop Scotch Spring Beer and Scotch Festival offers spirit aficionados and novices an opportunity to sample the flavors of Scotch and Tequila in an accessible and educational two-day festival. The featured spirits will be presented in formats suited for tasting experts and newbies May 8th and 9th at Fremont Studios (155 N. 35th Street).

Scotch can be an overwhelming beverage to new comers; learning the distinction between Scotch and Whiskey, deciphering the four distinct categories of single malt, vatted malt, blended and single grain, along with mastering the drink preparation for enhanced taste. Hop Scotch allows guests to learn the differences first hand with two unique tasting experiences. For a true hands-on guided tour of the world of Scotch, join Master of Whisky Ari Shapiro in a one-hour private "Scotch Tasting Seminar" highlighting eight premium Scotches through an in-depth educational tasting.

"This is a great opportunity to taste and discover your favorite Scotch blend at a great price point," says Creative Director, Phil Megenhardt. "With each Scotch bottle in our tasting ranging from $50-$120 it allows guests to try before committing to an expensive purchase in a pub or store."

Seminars will be held on Friday, May 8th at 7 p.m. and Saturday May 9th at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. For those looking for a more casual introduction to Scotch, sample five-¼ oz. "Whiskies of the World," in a self-guided tasting in the "Scotch Tasting Lounge." Representatives of the Whiskies will be on hand for questions and tasting advice.

Watch out for tantalized taste buds in a post Cinco de Mayo sampling of super-premium 100% agave Tequilas in the "Tequila Tasting Cantina." The tasting flight will include five-¼ oz. pours of Don Julio 1942, Don Julio Anejo, Don Julio Blanco, Don Julio Roposado and Jose Cuervo Platino. Tequila experts will be available during the self-guided tasting for questions and answers. Guests can also indulge in Small Lot Co-op wines, Mexican beer flights and over 50 fresh seasonal spring beers.

Drink for a cause: Not only will you taste some of the finest spirits and microbrews throughout the world, but you will help raise money for a worthwhile cause by simply spoiling your taste buds. Hop Scotch is a benefit for the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). SIFF's mission is to bring people together through experiencing the art of film.

General admission to the event is $25 at the entrance and $20 in advance. The Scotch Tasting Garden ($10) and Tequila Tasting Cantina ($15) can be purchased in addition to general admission at the event. The Scotch Tasting Seminar is an additional $30. General admission and Scotch Seminar admission can be purchased in advance online. Visit http://www.hopscotchtasting.com or call 206.633.0422 for more information. This is a 21 and over event.

''Develop Your Sense of Taste'' with just the FACTS

Hop Scotch Spring Beer and Scotch Festival is a premier two-day microbrew, Scotch and Tequila tasting experience benefiting the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) May 8th and 9th. The premium beverage tasting features over 70 beverages in the stylish indoor setting of the Fremont Studios (155 N. 35th Street, Seattle, WA 98103).

When:
Friday, May 8th 5:00pm-12:00am
Saturday, May 9th 1:00pm-12:00am

Public Information:
http://www.hopscotchtasting.com to view event details or call 206.633.0422

General Admission:

  • $20 in advance
  • $25 at the event

Admission includes 6 oz. souvenir glass and six microbrew/wine tasting tokens

Additional Tasting Experiences:

  • Scotch Tasting: general admission plus $10 - includes a flight of five-¼ oz. Scotch tastes
  • Scotch Tasting Seminar with the Master of Scotch: general admission plus $30 - An hour-long seminar conducted by the Master of Whisky with eight- ¼ oz. Scotch tastes
  • Tequila Tasting: general admission plus $10 - includes a flight of five-¼ oz. Tequila tastes
  • Additional Beer Tasting Tokens: $1.75 each
  • Designated Driver Admission: $15 at the event

Microbrew:
Over 50 award-winning, handcrafted microbrews will be served in one of the first tastings of the new spring beer collections. Hop Scotch will also feature many select domestic, Mexican beer flight and imported beers.

Scotch:
Scotch tasting is perfect for those beer drinkers ready to try another craft malt beverage. The Scotch Tasting Seminars are for novices and connoisseurs alike offering eight- ¼ oz. Scotch tastes in an exclusive one-hour guided session with the Master of Whisky, Ari Shapiro. The Scotch Tasting Seminars will be held Friday at 7:00pm and Saturday at 3:00pm and 7:00pm. Who knew learning could be so much fun! Purchase early, space is limited.

For those interested in a Scotch Tasting without the guided session there will be a tasting area within the microbrew festival that offers five- ¼ oz. tastes. This tasting experience is self-guided with the Master of Whisky and Scotch representative on hand for any questions that you may have.

Tequila:
Back by popular demand is the Tequila Tasting Garden, where guests can introduce their palate to another craft beverage. Try an array of five - ¼ oz. Tequila tastes with representatives on hand to answer any of your tasting questions.

Beneficiary:
Proceeds benefit SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival). SIFF's mission is to create experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world. It is through the art of cinema that we foster a community that is more informed, aware, and alive.

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