Win 2 Tickets to the Food Film Fest in Chicago!

This Saturday the 17th at Kendall College, the Gents will be attending the “Malt Whisky: The Islay 8 And The Chicago Food Film Festival Awards Ceremony” Hosted by NBC’s Cat Greenleaf. Full event info available at

Featuring the Chicago Premiere of Whiskey: The Islay Edition, a tasting of whiskey from all 8 distilleries on the Isle of Islay in Scotland. Also featuring a Scottish-inspired menu by chef Art Jackson and Pleasant House Bakery, hosted by Benefiting the Good Food Project.

As guests of the event, we’ve been asked to help promote the event by giving away 2 free tickets! Tickets are currently on sale for $65, but you get a chance to win them FREE!

To participate and get a chance to win the ticket giveaway, simply tweet or e-mail the Gents your favorite whiskey photo! Our favorite photo will win BOTH tickets!  If you are particularly creative about your photo, we may post it on our site along with your twitter name.

We are Gentlemen, but we are not above flattery, so including comments about our blog postings may earn extra favor in considering your response!

All submissions to @WGchicago and will be evaluated by Friday, Nov 16th Midnight, and the winner(s) will be selected.  You will be contacted to provide a valid e-mail address to receive your tickets – failure to do so by Saturday at 12PM (noon) will result in forfeiture of the tickets.

About the Event:
7:30 pm – General Doors Open
Featuring the Chicago Premiere of Whisky: The Islay Edition, a tasting of whisky from all 8 distilleries on the Isle of Islay in Scotland, which is renowned for its single malt whiskies, a Scottish-inspired tasting menu from Chef Art Jackson and Pleasant House Bakery, and a special dish from New York City Chef Amanda Cohen and Dirt Candy. Plus, a decadent dessert experience featuring Chef Chelsea Kalberloh Jackson’s signature Tea Time Treats from Pleasant House Bakery, Seattle’s handforged Top Pot Doughnuts, and Food Porn Star Larry Cauldwell’s Sweet n’ Salty Nuts.

Tickets are now on sale for the 3rd Annual Chicago Food Film Festival, returning to Kendall College November 15th-17th, 2012 and benefiting the Good Food Project. The Food Film Festival™ is the only Festival in the world where guests get to Taste What They See on the Screen…sometimes right in their seats.

Films: Benevolent Butcher: Bacon, Food Porn, Pie Royalty, Vegetables: Friend or Foe?, Whisky: The Islay Edition.


We hope to see you there!

Whiskey Flights and Movie Nights in our October 2012 Newsletter

The 2012 October Newsletter edition is now available! Rockit Burger Bar invites The Gents to partake in Wednesday’s feature event “Whiskey Flights and Movie Nights”

The Whiskey Gentlemen of Chicago are a small group of whiskey enthusiasts who, a year ago, launched a blog with the objective of documenting our exploration into the world of whiskey.

We attend tastings, visit distilleries and patronize bars and restaurants in and around Chicagoland, growing our experience and knowledge of whiskey from production to consumption.

This month, we are pleased to mark our first anniversary by accepting an invitation to review Rockit Burger Bar on 3700 N. Clark in Wrigleyville.

We thank all of your who have read our blog and help us build a following on Twitter @WGchicago. Stay tuned as we launch into another year of scouting across Chicago for more whiskey events!

Selected Spirits

  • Hudson Collection (NY Corn, Baby Bourbon, Single Malt, Manhattan Rye)
  • Rye Collection ((rī)1, Templeton, Old Overholt, Rittenhouse)
  • Scotch Collection (Laphroaig, Glenmorangie, Macallan, Balvenie)
  • Mixed Drinks
  • Rockit Man
  • Craft Beers

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Summer 2012 Newsletter

The 2012 Summer Newsletter edition is now available! This newsletter covers the Gent’s reviews from May through August 2012.

The Gents cruised Chicago’s west suburbs and visited Lincoln Whiskey Kitchen (Schaumburg), Five Roses Pub and Ram Restaurant (Rosemont).


Selected Spirits

  • Woodford Reserve Blend
  • Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
  • Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel
  • Four Roses Single Barrel
  • Tullamore Dew (12 yr)
  • Millars
  • John L. Sullivan’s
  • Midletons
  • Johnny Walker – Black Label



The Summer of 2012, as any good summer will boast, has been filled with plenty of celebration and relaxation. While not all of those occasions involved whiskey (gasp!), the Gents still found time to partake in a glass or two (or three) of the beloved stuff.

What’s more, the Gents welcomed a fourth member, Johnny, to the group as we made our round of spirited outings.


Finally, true to the promise made in March’s newsletter, during Mike’s trip through Michigan – strictly to keep Joe honest – he picked up an ample supply of Divine Bourbon! (What a guy!)


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April 2012 Newsletter

The 2012 April Newsletter is now available! Discovering the “Duke of Perth” Scottish pub

The Gents drop in and check out the Duke’s pub for its well-regarded selection of single malt Scotches and a worldly selection of whiskeys and beers


The Duke of Perth – walk into the pub, the atmosphere welcomes.  Sit at the bar, the selection beckons. Order a Scotch, the bartender delivers.  “Dukeophiles” familiar with the Duke’s website will know that the Duke of Perth was chosen by as a “Great Whisky Bar of the World” a few years back. Motivated by the accolade and the very respectable complement of whisky choices, the Gents had ample reason to investigate personally at 2913 N. Clark in Chicago.

Selected Spirits

  • Oban 14 (Highland)
  • Glenkinchie 12 (Lowland)
  • Clynelish 10 (Highland)
  • Caol Ila 12 (Islay)
  • Talisker 10 (Skye)
  • Laphroig 10 (Islay)

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March 2012 Newsletter


The 2012 March Newsletter is now available! Eclectic Spirits and Dialogue with a Distiller.

The Gents host their own event with a unique assortment of drinks

plus An interview with Matt Moersch of the Round Barn Distillery


The event in March found the Gentlemen convened at Mike’s home. We enjoyed a varied selection of whiskey and spirits casually complemented by Italian sides of Sicilian focaccia pizza and Mike’s homemade dried sausage.

Sampled Spirits 

  • DiVine Bourbon
  • Ardbeg 10 Year Islay Single Malt
  • Mike’s self-aged whiskey kit
  • Great Lake’s Distillery Pumpkin Seasonal Spirit

To set the proper tone, we selected a Richard Paterson (@the_nose) YouTube video as a backdrop for our evening, as he is always an entertaining and educational presenter of whiskey history, etiquette and general knowledge.

Mike enjoyed his harder liquors with – my favorite and newly discovered term for the following – a “sidecar” of beer.  I’m going to guess he discovered a swallow of beer was needed between every few swigs of Ardbeg, but more on that later.  Rick and I alternated with water.

As we grazed on the delicious eats and sampled the four very different spirits, the Continue reading