What is the special speaker event?

VIP ticketholders will be invited to take part in an exclusive discussion forum at 5:50 PM featuring master distillers Steve Bashore (George Washington’s Distillery and Gristmill at Mount Vernon), Dave Pickerell (Whistlepig), and Lisa Roper Wicker (Saints and Monsters). During this educational session, VIPs will also be given the rare opportunity to taste Mt. Vernon’s limited line of rye whiskeys.

Dave, Steve and Lisa will also be available for questions and tastings during the general admission portion of the event.

Will the spirits representatives and distillers be at the event?

The distillers or a local representative will be present at their tables all night to answer your questions and discuss their spirits with you. This is an educational event, and we insist that distillery representatives are experts on the product(s) they are featuring.

What if I am a designated driver?

A limited number of designated driver tickets are available for $50. No alcohol tasting will be permitted for designated drivers. Compliance will be strictly enforced.

Can I bring my own food and beverages?

No outside bottles, food, or beverages (opened or unopened) are allowed into the venue. A specially crafted catering menu will be available and is included in the ticket price.

Can I bring a bottle to be signed?

No. No outside bottles or beverages, opened or unopened, are allowed into the venue.

Do I need to print out my ticket?

A hard copy of your ticket is preferred. Mobile is acceptable but may slow down your check-in time.

Where can I park?

Ample parking is available at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. Guests may also park on the street next to the museum.

Do I need to bring my photo ID?

All guests are required to present a valid photo ID upon entry.

I cannot attend but I already purchased a ticket. Can I get a refund?

All sales are final—no refunds will be given. 

I can't find the email that contains my tickets. How do I access them?

Please contact us right away so we can help you recover your tickets.

I'm interested in becoming a vendor at your event.

Please contact us to learn more.

Can I reenter the American Whiskey Convention once I've left?

No. A roped-off outdoor lounge area will be provided for cigar smokers, but re-entry once you've exited the lounge is not allowed. 

Which distillers will be in attendance?

We are continuing to add distillers to an ever-growing list and will share that with you in March. Meanwhile, stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for event highlights, a preview of the venue, and more.

Can I purchase spirits and crafts at the convention?

You will be able to purchase whiskey-related crafts. You w ill not be able to purchase any spirits; this is a tasting and educational event only.

What is the attire for the evening?

Business or business casual attire is recommended.

Will there be seating at the event?

Yes, there will be limited lounge seating where guests can relax and enjoy the night.

Will taxis be readily available?

Taxi service near the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is quite limited, though the location is near the airport. We strongly recommend using Uber and Lyft to request a safe ride home, or call your favorite local taxi company.