SHORT POUR: The Independent to Host Curmudgeon’s Blend Bourbon Tasting with Lew Bryson

Come sip whiskey with Lew Bryson at The Independent

If you love good whiskey and love a healthy dose of curmudgeonery, The Independent Brewing Company is rolling out your kind of event on Tuesday, February 20th at 5:00pm.

You are cordially invited to the Squirrel Hill beer and whiskey destination’s “Curmudgeon’s Blend” tasting event with special guest: whiskey author and extraordinaire Lew Bryson. The event will feature Maker’s Mark bourbon blended uniquely by Bryson, Fred Minnick, Chuck Cowdery, and Michael Dietsch.

The bourbon scheduled for sampling was barrel finished in four styles:

  • American P2 Staves (baked slow)
  • Seared French Cuvee Staves (infrared toasting)
  • French Mocha Staves (baked high temperature)
  • Maker’s 46 Staves (French oak, seared and toasted)

The first bottle of Maker’s Mark became available in the Fall of 1958 after spending six summers aging to perfection. The bottle was four-fifths of a quart and sold for $6.79. Since that time, Maker’s Mark has grown to become one of the most recognizable and popular bourbons on the market. Click here to learn more about this iconic brand.

Until recently, The Independent featured a near 100% local craft beer selection. Over the course of the past several months, they’ve incorporated more beers with global appeal in addition to their continuous showcase of Pittsburgh’s dynamic craft beer scene. In addition, they’ve put great care into building their whiskey and cocktail selection, emphasizing variety and creativity across the board.

This event also provides an opportunity to mingle with Bryson, who has been writing full time about whiskey and beer since 1995. Currently, he is a regular writer for The Daily Beast, a columnist and reviewer for All About Beer Magazine, and contributes to Whiskey Wash,, Whisky Magazine, and The Full Pint. He also authored the book Tasting Whiskey in 2014, as well as four brewery guidebooks: Pennsylvania Breweries, New York Breweries, Virginia Maryland and Delaware Breweries, and New Jersey Breweries (with Mark Haynie).

If you’d like to learn more about Bryson’s work and accomplishments, click here. Or, better yet…come meet the man in person at The Independent!

There is a suggested donation of $10 per ounce and limit of two ounces per person for the event. All proceeds will go to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.













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