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Craft Beer and Whisk(e)y News For The Week Ending 7/7/2012


Celebrate at the Summer Ale Festival at the Philadelphia Zoo

Philadelphia, PA–(June 30, 2012) The Summer Ale Festival is back! The Philadelphia Zoo and Rolling Barrel Events are delighted to present the fourth annual Summer Ale Festival 2012.  Experience delicious, sustainable food for over 24 popular local restaurants, entertaining music, majestic animals, and tasty craft beers from over 21 breweries with great friends on Saturday, July 21st from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. (taps close at 9:30 p.m.)  This unique fundraising event combines great seasonal ales, local cuisine and animals from all over the world! Tickets are on sale now and are available exclusively at, and are not available at the entrance.

“The Summer Ale Festival is one of the best events held at the Zoo. Where else can guests stroll through a beautiful garden, eat delicious food, drink amazing beers all while seeing majestic animals in their beautiful habitats. It is truly a one-of-a-kind experience,” says Amy Shearer, Chief Marketing Officer…

Click the following link to read the complete press release:

Philadelphia Zoo Summer Ale Festival 2012 Press Release


The Balvenie Announces Tun 1401 Batch 5

A note from The Balvenie…

We hope you’ll be as excited as us to hear that Batch 5 of Tun 1401 is nearly here.

Crafted from nine of the rarest and most precious casks from the distillery – 4 sherry butts distilled in 1970, 1971, 1972, 1975 and 5 American oak casks from 1966, 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1991– this drop is the culmination of years of work. Our Malt Master David Stewart says:

“Working with whiskies of this age is both a delight and a challenge as their individual characteristics are so rich and complex. Five very rare crafts and a long wait have gone into making these vintage whiskies.”

It will surely be worth the wait David. However, in the meantime, why not prepare yourself for its release and take a peek at these tasty tasting notes?

Slaine Mhath!

David Mair
The Balvenie Ambassador

To find out more about The Balvenie, visit their website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed.

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