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  • Writer's pictureSean Kincaid

Back In The Saddle

Hey everyone....A quick recap and update for you. Plus some upcoming events and a sneak preview of what might be a very cool summer in the DarkCloud world.

Its been a while since I have posted an update here. I have been extremely busy since the last post. I completed the 5 tastings in 5 days in 3 cities for St. Paddy's day.

Following the craziness of St. Paddy's Day, the next huge event that I was honoured to be a part of was the unbelievable Drams 4 Fams Festival. This was the first festival since 2019 due to the pandemic and holy moly did the people show up BIG TIME!!

I was lucky enough to hang out with Donal (Two Stacks) and Brendan (Killowen) for the whole weekend, as well as introduced their masterclass on the Friday evening. On Saturday I presented the masterclass at Hansen Distillery, as well as opening the main event with another presentation for Hansen for the roughly 140 people in attendance.

This weekend raised over $40000 for the Edmonton Food Bank and I am so proud and honoured to have been able to be a part of this unreal weekend.

And now to the very near future and some upcoming events.

Wine & Beyond spirits Release - June 10th (St. Albert Location)

I will be pouring with Travis from PWS a special release bottle for people in attendance. I highly suggest coming down to say hi and get there early for a chance to win a lottery only bottle of extremely rare whiskies.

Chartier Beaumont - Sunday Spirit Club - June 25th 4pm

I will be again presenting the whiskey portion of a whiskey and food pairing to the attendees. The last one I hosted was absolutely incredible. This one is shaping up to be super fun and cool as well.

SipOpinions Flavour Camp with Reece Sims

Reece is visiting from Vancouver and bringing along a couple of her flavour camp tastings. One for bourbon and one for scotch. These are super unique style tastings where each spirit is sipped blind with the goal of focusing on the actual flavours found in the spirits.

Tickets can be found through SipOpinions or through Instagram.

Street Spirit Festival: Presented by Dram Fine - July 16th 3pm Grindstone Theatre

Get ready for the ultimate celebration of whisky at the first ever STREET SPIRIT FESTIVAL by Dram Fine Podcast. This one-of-a-kind event is designed to be approachable and fun for all whisky lovers, no matter your level of knowledge or expertise. We’re even allowing non whisky brands to come so it’s a totally safe space to test out the waters of your whisky (or not) journey… maybe it’s a gin journey!

Organized by the dynamic team at the Dram Fine Podcast, this festival is all about breaking down barriers and making whisky accessible to everyone. You’ll have the chance to sample some of the best whiskies from around the world, all while enjoying a lively atmosphere that includes live podcasts, brand presentations, lounge areas, and even a drag act and DJs to keep the party going.

Whether you’re a seasoned whisky enthusiast or a curious newcomer, the Street Spirit Festival is a breath of fresh air into the usual spirits festival scene (much like their podcast). You’ll have the chance to learn about the whisky-making process, explore unique flavour profiles, and discover new brands that you may never have tried before.

So come join us for a day of fun and education – yes, we said that in the same sentence! And experience whisky like you’ve never experienced it before. This is a festival that you won’t want to miss!

I will also be attending and presenting a very special (secret) lineup from Hansen Distillery at this event and I hope to see as many of you there as I can.

Finally there is a rumour going around of a very special Whisky being released MId-July that I have some sort of involvement in.... Keep eyes peeled here and on Instagram for some sneak peeks and more info to come.

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