The World’s Finest Spirits to be Poured and Tasted During The 2013 Pittsburgh Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival

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With more than 250 products to be featured, the seventh annual Pittsburgh Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival will truly offer something for everyone, from the spirits novice to the connoisseur. The event will be held at The Rivers Casino on Friday, October 25, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  With Halloween just days away, attendees are invited to come in thCAL8SORPtheir spookiest costumes to enjoy the Halloween-themed festivities.

The seventh annual Pittsburgh Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival creeps back to Rivers Casino. This year, over 1,500 guests are challenged to don their spookiest costumes at the Halloween themed event. During the festival, attendees will sip luxury liquors, gamble, and indulge in delicious eats from 6 pm to 9 pm. Get ready for more than 300 varieties of whiskey, scotch, vodka, gin, rum, tequila and cordials, all laid out by the finest purveyors of distilled spirits from around the world. Don’t be scared. Come prepared with your list of must-try spirits, but save room to investigate more challenging libations. Bookmark us, and check back regularly for updates and a master list of all vendors.

This year’s festival benefits Team Tassy, http://teamtassy.org/  a local charity dedicated to raising funds for and awareness of poverty in Haiti. Pittsburgh native Ian Rosenberger founded the charity in 2010 after helping Tassy, a Port-au-Prince teen suffering from a facial tumor, receive funding to undergo surgeries in Pittsburgh to remove his tumor. With that, “Team Tassy” was born and now aids dozens of Haitian families with education, healthcare, and employment.

Dale Markham, General Manager for the festival, is elated that this year’s scary soiree benefits such a great cause. “The festival only recently connected with ‘Team Tassy’ and we are already overwhelmed by the outpouring of aid they have offered families,” Markham commented. “I can’t think of a better charity for the Pittsburgh Whiskey Festival to be benefitting this year!”

Consumers will have the opportunity to try a wide variety of products, from the truly unique, like Mama Walker’s Maple-Bacon Liqueur, to the hard-to-get Pappy Van Winkle Whiskey 20-Year-Old Family Reserve,” said Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Member Robert S. Marcus. “Some of the master distillers who make these products will also be on hand to discuss their products, techniques and even sign the bottles you purchase.”

In addition, festival-goers will be able to taste single-batch bourbons, select scotches and flavored and unflavored vodkas. Many of the products tasted will be available for purchase at the on-site Fine Wine & Good Spirits Store. Food will be served, so attendees may enjoy responsibly. You must be at least 21 years old to enter.

For every ticket sold, $1 will be donated to Team Tassy, a Pittsburgh-based charity dedicated to raising awareness about poverty in Haiti and providing Haitian families with education, healthcare and employment opportunities.

While this is a unique opportunity for those who enjoy spirits, it’s important to remember it is also a fundraiser for a worthwhile cause,” said PLCB Chairman Joseph E. Brion. “We are happy to partner with the Pittsburgh Whiskey Festival organizers and look forward to another incredibly successful event.”

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol and also operates more than 600 Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores statewide. Taxes and store profits are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund.  For more information about the Liquor Control Board, visit www.lcb.state.pa.us.

Tickets can be purchased for $101.00 online at www.pittsburghwhiskeyfestival.com.