It’s almost time to get your “Bourb” on!
Both Toronto Bourbon Week and Ottawa Bourbon Week are fast approaching, with Toronto running from November 14th-20th and Ottawa from November 21st-27th. Each week promises many unique events for both casual and dedicated bourbon drinkers alike. And as we’re moving into some crisp late autumn weather, it’s perfect bourbon drinking season to enjoy this outstanding beverage.
Over the coming days we’ll be making a series of announcements of the events during each week, with details about each one and how to participate. Events will be a combination of general admission and ticketed entry, depending on the nature of the event. But you can be assured that they’ll all be delicious.
First up, we’ve got four event announcements for our second annual Toronto Bourbon Week:
Returning for a second year in Toronto Bourbon Week is the Monarch Tavern with their event entitled Straight, No Chaser on opening night, Friday, November 14th at 9pm. This event celebrates two quintessentially American art forms, bourbon and jazz. The Monarch Tavern is teaming up with jazz artist Scott Marshall for a special live show paired with a bourbon flight of four 1/2 oz samples and tasting. Plus, a special mystery guest mixologist will be on hand to prepare a great selection of classic American cocktails. Tickets are $20 for the show and bourbon flight, and can be reserved by e-mailing the Monarch.
One of our top events last year was the Bourbon Brunch, and we’re thrilled that Insomnia Café and Restaurant is the host this year, taking place on Sunday the 16th from 3-5pm. The brunch will be two food and bourbon courses: the first course features Bourbon Braised Brisket Benedict paired with a “Buffalo Formula” In-House 5-Week Cask Aged Manhattan (aged in-house exclusively for Toronto Bourbon Week and made with Buffalo Trace), and a second course of Fried Chicken & Waffles with Bourbon Brown Butter and Bourbon Baked Beans, paired with Old Ezra’s Frozen Custard Float (consisting of Ezra Brooks Bourbon, House Frozen Vanilla Custard & Root Beer). But that’s not all: Insomnia is also creating a bourbon cocktail feature menu for Toronto Bourbon Week, consisting of the above cocktails, plus The Toronto Sour (made with Ezra Brooks) and Un-Named Cocktail #1 (made with Woodford Reserve). You can purchase tickets online to the Bourbon Brunch now and this isn’t a brunch you should miss!
Another new participant this year is Jump Restaurant, and they’ve got the premium Bourbon Discovery Dinner on Tuesday the 18th at 7:30pm. This outstanding looking dinner is one of the finest that Toronto Bourbon Week has ever seen, a one-of-a-kind four course menu created by chef Rhian Rodrigues, pairing bourbon drink with bourbon-infused dishes. It begins with Guilt & Honey, a opening cocktail made with Knob Creek, followed by Pork Cheek Rillettes made with Jim Beam Devil’s Cut, paired with a Bourbon Sour. Next up is a Caramelized Sea Scallop made with Basil Hayden, paired with a Kentucky Peach Stand. Third course is an Ontario Angus Tri-Tip made with and paired with Maker’s 46. And the final course, a Sticky Date Pudding made with and paired with Booker’s Bourbon. We’re thrilled that Jump has come on board at Toronto Bourbon Week this year, and they’re bringing their A game with this dinner. Tickets to the dinner are $92 (plus taxes), which includes five cocktails, four courses and gratuity. You can read more about the dinner and purchase tickets online here.
Yet another newcomer to Toronto Bourbon Week is the County General, with both their Queen Street West and Riverside locations participating. On our closing night, Thursday the 20th, the County General Queen West is hosting a fun event from 6-9pm entitled the Bobby Boucher. During this time you’ll be able to get an exclusive pairing of a new cocktail named for the event (a twist on the original Bobby Burns, made with Wild Turkey 81 Bourbon, Sweet Vermouth, Cherry Heering, Benedictine, Cherry Masala Chai Bitters & Orange Oils), and a serving of MmmMama Says Duck Wings (Confit Duck Wing, Bourbon Honey Glaze & Bayou Bourbon Cherries), both for $14 total. All southern waterboys are welcome, as this event is general admission and no tickets are required.
We’ll have more event announcements to come, but hopefully these first four events start to whet your appetite for Toronto Bourbon Week. Mark these ones down in your calendar, and stay tuned for more. In the meantime, be sure to check out our new posters for 2014, and keep track of all the event details for Toronto Bourbon Week as they are announced. And of course, stay tuned for announcements on Ottawa Bourbon Week as well, they’re coming up soon!