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Sign up for the Foobooz newsletter (which will be sporting a brand new look tomorrow) and receive a 20% off code for Philadelphia magazine’s Whiskey and Fine Spirits Festival.

The event is set for Thursday, October 24th and the discount code is good for the VIP and general grand tasting admission.

Celebrating its 10th year, the Festival will feature a wide collection of spirits from around the world including premium whiskey, scotch, malts, bourbon, rum, vodka, gin, tequila and more. Don’t miss the chance to sample fare from local restaurants, shake hands with top industry representatives, and chat one-on-one with master distillers at this exclusive event. Everything you sample will be available to purchase in the on-site Fine Wine & Good Spirits store that evening or by placing a Special Order.

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Philadelphia Magazine Whiskey Festival [Official website]

Want Discounted Tickets For Whiskey Fest?

Of course you want discounted tickets. Who wouldn’t? More to the point, who wouldn’t want to spend the evening drinking top-shelf brown liquors and getting fed by the likes of Davio’s, Capital Grille, Doc Magrogan’s and Bobby Flay Steak? As in years past, Philadelphia magazine’s Whiskey Festival is one of those high points on any drinker’s calendar when distillers from all over the country come together to pour their best stuff (which includes vodka, gin, rum and other spirits, but focuses on whiskey) and those who love the hard stuff gather to drink it.

This year, though, to make things even better, we’re offering those of you who receive the Foobooz newsletter a killer deal: 25% off general admission tickets to the event. Why? Because we can. And because we like to pack rooms like these with fans of Philly food and booze.

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About Last Night: Who Won The Whiskey Festival?

Okay, so no one won the actual Whiskey Fest, per se. Or maybe everyone won, considering the amount of booze that was flowing on the floor of the Crystal Tea Room. There were a few disappointments (like the cocked and loaded smiles of the liquor spokesmodels after being asked to pose for their 1,000th cell phone picture of the night with some sweaty, half-in-the-bag creep rubbing all up on them, or there being an awful lot of vodka being poured at a friggin’ whiskey fest), but for the most part it was a fine excuse to gather with about 700 of one’s closest friends and drink more than anyone ever should without there being a bar to lean on.

The one part of the whole shindig that did have a winner, though? The Woodford Reserve Manhattan competition, which pitted six of the city’s heavyweight drink-slingers in mano-a-drink-o competition to see who could mix the meanest Manhattan of the night. The competitors were Bob Caskey of Barclay Prime (who knocked out an interesting fig-and-spiced-port version that was both tasty and had the benefit of going first), Damon Danko from the Capital Grille (who gets serious props for being the only man who free-poured his cocktail–trust the arm, baby), David Marks from North 3rd (who didn’t quite manage to make six drinks in eight minutes, but did manage to use Green Chartreuse in a way that didn’t make me want to barf), Colin Shearn from Franklin Mortgage (who, naturally,  gets credit for having the best drink name of the night: Radiation Blues), John Armstrong from Village Whiskey (who made a kind of mutant Red Hook/Jockey Club, but called it “The Tomahawk” because it was “badass”) and Nicole Kelly from London’s (who under-poured the bourbon in half her drinks, but–since I got one of the properly-made ones–still made a fine cocktail, using Lillet, St. Germain, bourbon-soaked cherries, walnut liqueur and every other bartender’s secret weapon behind the bar).

So, with all that action behind the long oak, who do you think mixed up the best Manhattan?

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