We’re pretty sure the lyrics to the Stranglers’ 1981 single “Golden Brown” (“Golden brown, texture like sun … Never a frown with golden brown”) are not about whiskey. It’s generally accepted wisdom that they were singing about a different mind-altering brown substance – an illegal one – but they could just as easily have been referring to that nectar whose name comes from the Irish phrase uisce beatha, which translates literally to “water of life.” Whiskey is undergoing a renaissance right now, with craft distilleries popping up everywhere you look. Why, Central Florida even has two of its own – Palm Ridge Reserve and Winter Park Distilling Co.
Irish whiskey, Scotch whisky, bourbon, rye or white dog; neat, rocks or mixed: However you prefer to take your pop-skull, there’ll be a representative at this swanky party to educate your tastebuds on new and unique brown spirits from around the globe. And to help keep your blood alcohol regulated, there’ll be sophisticated hors d’oeuvres to munch between sips. Also, if you are the best friend ever, there’s a special deal for you: cheap tickets for designated drivers! Just $10 advance or $15 at the door to be a mensch. Or splash out like a boss and spring for VIP: You get entry an hour early and access to an exclusive hangout.
7-11 p.m. Friday, May 15 | Cheyenne Saloon at Church Street Station, 127 W. Church St. | 407-377-0400 | whiskeybusinessorlando.com | $35-$65