Barrel Night is Chicago’s Next Great Whiskey Event

Chicago Magazine Barrel Night
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Barrel Night rolls out the whiskey for Chicago boozers

Chicago Magazine is hosting their inaugural Barrel Night on Thursday, February 25th at the new Montgomery Club, and it has the potential to be the next great whiskey event in Chicago. We don’t know too much considering it’s only the first year, but the initial wave of participants in the press release suggest a stellar evening.

There are two key elements that are already clear. One: they’ve teamed up with Illinois Restaurant Association to add a charity component to the evening. I work for a non-profit by day, so I’m a sucker for events that give back.

Two: this is your first chance to try Jack Daniel’s new Single Barrel Rye. We’ll have more on that particular spirit later, but it’s their first new mashbill in 100 years (excluding their un-aged and rested versions of the same spirit). Only 800 barrels of Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Rye have been created of this release, so you’ll definitely want to be there to try it.

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One of Boozist’s own will be on hand to take in everything Barrel Night has to offer. If you want to be there as well, tickets are $85.

Chicago Magazine Barrel Night

CHICAGO (Feb. 12, 2016) – A celebration of fine whiskey and fine spirits, Chicago magazine is delighted to host its inaugural Barrel Night. The event will be held at Montgomery Club in the River North neighborhood on Thursday, Feb. 25, and will present the best reserves for discerning Midwest taste-makers with an intimate sampling of top-shelf whiskey, bourbon, rye and more.

“We’ve been eagerly anticipating the debut of this event,” says Tom Conradi, Publisher and General Manager of Chicago magazine. “Chicago is home to some of the most astute whiskey ambassadors and connoisseurs, and this event will punctuate the city’s elevated presence while honoring some of the leading whiskey brands in the country. We’re honored to host all in one place for a spirited evening.”

In addition to the spirits tastings and passed hors d’oeuvres, guests will have the opportunity to gather intel and pick the brains of some of the industry’s most respected distillers, spirits ambassadors and whiskey brands. From neat to on the rocks, the event will entice the palates of those deeply invested in Chicago’s rich whiskey, bourbon and rye culture.

The newest addition to Gibsons Restaurant Group and situated on the Chicago River, Montgomery Club is known for its highly personalized experiences. The swanky urban backdrop paired with its unmatched level of exclusive service and cuisine will set the tone for the evening and serve as the ideal setting for the curated soiree.

Confirmed participants include 90+ Cellars, Agricole, Anchor Distilling, Bulleit, CH Distillery, Collingwood/Old Forester, Crown Royal, Doualough, George Dickle, Green Brierd Distillery, Jack Daniels, Journeyman Distillery, Parce Rums, Pig Rye Whiskey, Remy – Bruichladdich, Two James and Woodford Reserve.

The event will be produced by Tower Events Group and will be held on Thursday, Feb. 25 at Montgomery Club, located at 500 W. Superior St. from 6 – 9 p.m. Tickets are $85. Mercedes-Benz will serve as the event’s sponsor. For more information, please visit:

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Colin Joliat is the brains behind this rinky-dink operation. He covers the alcohol industry with two parts information, one part comedy, and one part WTF is wrong with this guy. He's written for Brobible, Guyism, Thrillist, CoolMaterial, Craft, and more.