Saturday, June 24, 2006

Near Beer?

Orlando, FL

The 2006 American Home Brewers Association Conference: “Gator Tails and Better Ales” draws thousands of visitors to the Sunshine State to explore the latest trends in the brewing and consuming of beer products. This year the members of the American Brewers Association were given a treat as Liquor Group put on a Scotch Specialist and Bourbon Tasting Class with a packed house in attendance. Similarities between beer and whisky brewing made this a shoe in opportunity to be “Near (the) Beer” lovers’ conference, which proved to be a fun and educational time for all.

Lowell Newman, a representative from the Liquor Group highly trained and knowledgeable in spirits manufacturing and characteristics orchestrated the event and wowed the crowd by offering them a splendid array of scotches from Gordon & MacPhail, the World's Leading Malt Whisky Specialist.

For more than 110 years Gordon & MacPhail has been carefully selecting, maturing and bottling malt whiskies for the true Scotch connoisseurs’ enjoyment.

G&M is the largest Scotch Specialist in the world with product offerings from a broad range of operating and closed distilleries, some dating back into the 1800s.

Liquor Group represents the top 3 Scotch Specialists, G&M, Signatory and Murray McDavid, as well as several smaller specialists, which provides it the broadest and best Scotch portfolio available in the United States.

As an added bonus the guests were allowed the privilege of sampling the finest bourbons available in the world: Black Maple Hill’s 11 and 16 year Single Barrel Bourbon offerings.

Guests also enjoyed a sampling of Maker's Mark, the only bourbon distillery to use pure, iron-free limestone spring water exclusively, not processed city, well or river water; supplied by a 10-acre limestone spring-fed lake at the distillery. At the end of the event, a select group of members of the board of the American Brewers Association were given an additional treat as they were given samples of Empire Distilleries hand crafted Rye Vodka, Orangegella and Limonella Liqueurs.

Knightly Liquors, a sophisticated independent Liquor Store chain throughout the Orlando area hosted the event, providing these libations at a special price for the attendees. Nearly every guest left with a bottle in tow, or a special order for that special occasion, which left these beer brewers in “high spirits”.

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