Just one of the many fine whiskeys you can taste if you act quickly enough...
Just one of the many fine whiskeys you can taste if you act quickly enough...

320 Main To Host Pappy Van Winkle Tasting Monday, July 21

Attention whiskey aficionados and assorted drunkards with fancy taste: 320 Main in Seal Beach is having what amounts to a fire sale on Pappy Van Winkle, the most sought-after bourbon in the world. Buffalo Trace Distillery only releases a small allotment of Pappy Van Winkle, and not very often, and not to very many people. The result is that while the price tag on the bottle of 23-year-old bourbon says $250, you can't lay your hands on a bottle for less than $1500.

So back to the fire sale, then: on Monday, July 21, the Schiffers will be hosting a Pappy Van Winkle tasting dinner. You will be tasting the entire line of Pappy Van Winkle: the 12 year bourbon, the 13 year rye, the 15 year, the 20 year, and the 23 year bourbons.

There will be a five-course dinner by chef Jaime Carrano, and dinner starts promptly at 7 p.m. If five drinks of rare whiskey aren't enough for you, there will be a cocktail hour (not included in the price) beginning at 6 p.m. Boston sours made with a positively juvenile 10-year-old Rip Van Winkle? Sazeracs with Sazerac 6-year-old rye? George T. Stagg neat? Yes, please.

The cost? $199. You'll be charged $246.46 out the door, tax and tip included. Given that a taste of the 23-year-old Pappy alone costs $200, when you can find it in a bar and convince the bartender to serve it to you, and that Carrano's last collaborative tasting dinner sold out at $125 a seat, this is an insanely good deal. Tickets can be had at pappydinner.brownpapertickets.com--not by calling the restaurant!

As of this writing there were about a dozen tickets left. On your marks, get set...

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