Sip, taste and — heck, why not? —roll over for the the first annual Distiller’s Showcase in Manchester. The benefit for the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire is worth barking about, with liquor brands large and small, as well as fare from local restaurants, available for sampling in the state’s first-ever showcase of this scale.
“We have bourbon, we have salted caramel vodka, tequila, whiskey, coconut vodka, Crown Royal, single malt scotches … everything spirits,” Animal Rescue League chief development officer Win Saltmarsh said.
The first annual Distiller’s Showcase of Premium Spirits is on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, and it’s the only event like it in New England. The closest spirit showcase of this scale is in Pennsylvania, Saltmarsh said.
In addition to the spirit tastings, local restaurants like Blu Aqua, Tuscan Kitchen, Triolo’s Bakery, The Wild Rover and others will be serving up hors d’oeuvres.
Each distiller will provide four samples, and vendors will also have mixers available, Saltmarsh said. Currently, there are 75 tables reserved for vendors with over 200 brands for tasting.
There’s more to the event than just sampling spirits, with bartender exhibitions and two seminars — one on the finer side of tequila, another on the range of single malt scotches from Glenmorangie — throughout the event.
Earlier in the year, the Animal Rescue League entered a proposal to the Liquor and Wine Outlets for the event and was selected among the entries for the benefit.
“Everyone that we talk to is really excited about this,” Saltmarsh said. “I’m looking forward to having a great evening, but I’m also looking forward to promoting the resources we provide.”
The Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire cares for on average 2,400 animals a year. Resources include its cruelty investigator, a pet food pantry, even providing a safe haven for pets of victims of domestic violence or pets whose families have been displaced by natural disaster or fire.
Tickets cost $60, which includes all the spirit tastings, seminars, bartending demonstrations, food tasting and raffle. The grand prize will be a Kentucky bourbon tour. Other prizes include a wine and cheese tasting for up to 20 people at Zorvino Vineyards ,and each of the vendors will also contribute prizes.