Tuesday, November 24, 2015

W-E Love Craft

Post by Stefan Van Eycken, Tokyo

On December 5th, Whisk-e is throwing a big end-of-year party at Club Diana near Hibiya Koen (Tokyo). More than 100 craft products from the Whisk-e portfolio will be available for tasting. This includes a range of craft beers (BrewDog, Mikkeller, Brewfist, 8Wired, De Molen and many more), a selection of stellar whiskies (from the likes of Arran, Springbank, Kilchoman, BenRiach, GlenDronach, Glenglassaugh, Samaroli, SMWS, Duncan Taylor, Berrys Bros. & Rudd, etc.) and craft spirits and cocktails (Adnams, Sipsmith, Sacred, Fever Tree, William Chase and so on).
The party starts at 1pm and runs until 5pm… so it won’t interfere with any evening plans you may have. Advance tickets are 4,000 yen (on the day, it’s 5,000 but you risk being sent back home if the venue reaches full capacity before you get to the door). You get 40 tasting vouchers and a raffle ticket for that – which you can use to sample any of the products available there. It’s an unbeatable deal, really. To give you an idea of how good it really is: for something super high-end like a Brora 1977 you need 10 tickets (which comes to 1,000 yen – try drinking that anywhere in the world for less), but if it’s quantity you’re after, you’ll be well pleased too (with beers, premium G&Ts, etc. priced at 2 or 3 tickets, i.e. a few hundred yen).

We’ve heard through the grapevine that James Watt himself (of BrewDog, not the inventor) will be at the party, and Alex Davies (ex-Chase/Cotswolds, soon to be head distiller at Kyoto Distillery) may be there, too. In any case, this will be the perfect way to start wrapping up 2015. Forget the stress and hysterics associated with big whisky events these days (“ooh, I need to start queuing at booth x to get a chance to buy/sample forthcoming whisky y”), just kick back and enjoy the best that craft brewing and distilling has to offer. Even better, bring your friends and family along (as long as they’re over 20) and spread the joy! For more information and to book your tickets, check here.

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