Whiskey Education Series

First off, on behalf of myself, my business partner Doug, and our families, I want to wish all our followers a very Happy New Year!

And with the New Year, it's time to make those dreaded New Year resolutions. One of the things Doug and I have resolved to do is expand our distilled spirits educational efforts beyond this blog and the traditional tasting events we have been doing. To start this, we want to create a series of events where we combine tastings with a more concentrated educational component. We plan to start with whisk(e)y as the spirit of choice and build individual classes around the primary whiskey types. And for those overachievers who like rewards, we plan to create a special diploma. How good is that!


Bird & Jim

A crazy thing happened as I was considering how to get started on this resolution. Melissa Strong, one of the owners of Bird & Jim, a classy restaurant in Estes Park, sent me an email asking if we would be interested in presenting a few whiskey education classes. True story. After further discussion, we agreed to present a program in four sessions, “The Whiskey Summit Whiskey Education Series,” with hors d’oeuvres and whiskey provided by the Bird & Jim Restaurant team. Karma! Many thanks to Melissa and crew.


Here is where you need to pay attention and write the following information in your calendars:

  • Series Duration: Once a month for four months (January-April)

  • Location: 915 Moraine Avenue, Estes Park, CO
    Phone: 970-586-9832

  • Dates and Spirit: Third Wednesday of each Month.

    • January 16: Scotch

    • February 20: Bourbon

    • March 20: Rye

    • April 17: Corn

  • Time: 6:00 -7:30 pm.

Here is how it will roll out:

Bird & Jim Interior

Bird & Jim Interior

  • Howell and Doug will deliver a 30-to-40 minute A/V-supported whiskey education class on the spirit of the month.

  • To close each class there will be a tasting of three whiskeys from the night's spirit category.

  • After the class and tasting, hors d’oeuvres will be served. Students can then mingle and continue the discussion of whiskey.

The folks at Bird & Jim are still figuring costs and working to keep the price at a point where this will absolutely be the best deal in Town. The price for each evening will include our pontification, guided tastings with three whiskey samples, and hors d’oeuvres.

For the price and updated information check back on our page (WhiskeySummit.org), or the Bird & Jim page (birdandjim.com).

Make reservations by calling Bird & Jim at 970-586-9832

Session Topics

During the series, we'll explore many topics, including:

  • What is whisk(e)y?

  • How to nose, taste and enjoy whiskey?

  • What are the differences between Scotch, Bourbon, Rye, Corn and Wheat whiskeys?

  • How is whiskey made?

  • Assembling your own bar and collecting whiskeys.

  • How to read bottle labels.

  • And much more.

Actually, we like to teach to the particular interests of participants, so send me an email if there are topics you wish to have covered: Howell.Wright@CraftPublishing.net

Howell F. Wright

“Keep the wind to your back and a smile on your face.”