Old Forester Bonded Bourbon Event
Inside Binny’s Tasting Room, whiskey fans and aficionados convened for a toast hosted by Kentucky Bourbon brand Old Forester. The occasion? Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Bottled-In-Bond Act of 1897, regulations established to ensure the production of genuine whiskies and deter “adulterated liquors,” i.e. moonshine, from being sold. As the official longest running whiskey brand on today’s market, Old Forester has a deep history of its own. Guests had a chance to learn the Old Forester story in an informative and entertaining slideshow presentation while sampling three types of Old Forester whisky. Bourbon cocktails were also made on-site by the award-winning Wicker Park bar, The Violet Hour. And furthering the night’s theme of history, all proceeds from the ticket sales benefited the Chicago History Museum.
It was a historic evening last Friday at Binny’s Lincoln Park location — historic for a number of reasons.
But the evening had more than just history and bourbon going for it. Nearby, Old Town restaurant The Sedgwick Shop was on hand with classic pub grub offerings of pulled pork sliders and caramelized, deep-fried bacon. Those who had room for desert were treated to a delicious array of artisan cupcakes and cookies, bourbon-infused of course. Ask anyone at the event and they would certainly agree — the only thing better than a glass of Old Forester itself is a glass of Old Forester alongside candied bacon, cupcakes and friends on a Friday in Chicago. History has never tasted better.