The Dram Initiative is a relatively new whisky club in Calgary.
Curt Robinson and friends have been hosting events under the Dram initiative banner, complete with cool Lost-inspired logo, for about the past year.
And while there has been a heavy focus on scotch and other single malt whisky from around the world, they’re going local for their next event. And it’s going to be a highlight of the spring.
For those not familiar with Alberta Distillers Ltd., they have been cooking up some fantastic 100% rye whisky for more than 65 years.
The Canadian whisky segment has gone through its own bit of renaissance in recent years, and the makers of Alberta Premium have made a name for themselves with people who are looking for something that stands out.
The Dram Initiative event, happening April 29 at Marda Loop community hall will showcase the best Alberta Distillers has to offer, including Alberta Premium 25 and 30 year expressions, in a tasting led by ADL’s Norm Little.
The event is for club members, but they’re always open to new people joining up. For more information on the club, contact email@example.com.
Rounding out the Top 5:
2. The Last Samurai, June 26, Kensington Wine Market: Kensington Wine Market plays host to plenty of great whisky events this spring, including Ancient Malts, and a Glendronach Batch 9 dinner. But an evening promising ‘some real curiosities from the world of Japanese whisky’ is one we’d find hard to pass up. Tickets are $100.
3. Co-Op Wine Spirits Beer World of Whisky and Cognac: This June event (June 7 in Calgary at the BMO Centre and June 14 in Edmonton at the Northlands Expo Centre) features a wide array of ‘whiskies from around the world, cognacs, and a gourmet dinner. VIP tickets get a guided tasting with experts, exclusive samples and early entry. General admission tickets are $125, VIP entry is $175.
4. The Spirit of Bourbon, June 13, Willow Park Wines & Spirits: Beyond single malt scotch, I love some bourbon, and Willow Park does put on great bourbon events. This June 13 tasting highlights the best in the segment. Tickets are $60.
5. Summer Whiskies, May 14, Willow Park Wines & Spirits: When it’s hot out, we tend to lean toward lighter beers and wines, so why not whiskies? Willow Park’s scotch expert David Michiels will run through a tasting of his favourite warm weather whiskies. Tickets are $25.