2019 MASTER CLASSES

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 19, 2019

THE DOUGLAS LAING MASTER CLASS w/ Stacy Kyle
6:30pm - 7:10pm

Join Stacy Kyle of Rare Drams as she hosts a tasting of Limited Editions from Douglas Laing's Remarkable Regional Malt collection. Containing some of the very best from 4 of the whisky regions in Scotland. Timorous Beastie from the Highlands, Big Peat from Islay, Rock Island from the Islands and Scallywag from Speyside. For those in the know, they will know how special an opportunity this is!
GRAN RESERVA (1014 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2W1)
$30

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2019

THE TULLIBARDINE MASTER CLASS w/Jay Wheelock
6:30pm - 7:10pm

Enjoy a 40-45 minute master class focussed on the Tullibardine Distillery. Tullibardine whiskies will be sampled at this tasting.
GRAN RESERVA (1014 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2W1)
$30

THE A D RATTRAY MASTER CLASS w/ Jay Wheelock
7:30pm - 8:10pm

Enjoy a 40-45 minute master class focussed on the products from Independent Whisky Bottler A D Rattray. A D Rattray whiskies will be sampled at this tasting.
GRAN RESERVA (1014 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2W1)
$30

THE MICHTER’S MASTER CLASS w/James Bornn
8:30pm - 9:10pm

Michter's is proud to honor a historical legacy tracing back to the founding of America's first whiskey company in 1753. Now, with the opening of their Fort Nelson distillery in Louisville, Kentucky Michter's continues to redefine American Whisky. Taste the newest expressions such as the Toasted Barrel Sour Mash and 10 Year Old Single Barrel along with some of the old favourites. Hosted by Certified Spirit Specialist James Bornn of Authentic Wine & Spirits.
GRAN RESERVA (1014 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2W1)
$30

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2019

THE SAKE MASTER CLASS w/Patrick Ellis
11:00am - 11:40am

One of a few dozen non-Japanese to receive the Saké Samurai title, Patrick Ellis will guide you on a tasting tour of Premium Sakés from some of the most revered producers in Japan, including Yoshi no Gawa and Oku no Matsu who have over 8 centuries of combined brewing experience. A whole new world of discovery awaits as we discuss the differences in styles and the magic of saké - food pairing. We will dispel the myths and learn the truths about Premium Saké to understand why it is becoming so popular the world over.
GRAN RESERVA (1014 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2W1)
$30

THE GREAT MALTS MASTER CLASS w/Kevin Brownlee
1:00pm - 1:40pm

Please join Bacardi Portfolio Ambassador Kevin Brownlee on an elevated tasting tour through whisky history as it pertains to the influence of the John Dewar's & Sons whisky family. Together we will explore the incredible range of malt expressions of Aberfeldy, Deveron, Aultmore and Craigellachie.
GRAN RESERVA (1014 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2W1)
$30

THE CLASSIC MALTS MASTER CLASS w/Dante Raphael Concepcion, Jr.
2:00pm - 2:40pm

The famed Classic Malts come from some of the most distinguished distilleries in Scotland including Lagavulin, Talisker, Oban, Cragganmore, Dalwhinnie and Glenkinchie. The Classic Malts tour has opened the eyes of many, from the newest whisky adventurist to the well versed conniseureur, to the joys of whisky and ably demonstrated the differences between Scotland’s whisky regions. Join National Reserve Consultant for Diageo Canada as he takes you through a fantastic journey of the famed Classic Malts.
GRAN RESERVA (1014 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2W1)
$30

MACALONEY'S CALEDONIAN DISTILLERY w/ Connor Massey
3:00PM - 3:40PM

Ambassador Connor Massey will share how Macaloney's 89 & 93 score Speyside and Highland Scotch whiskies were constructed via vatting & finishing. Follow the changing nose/flavour profiles from single malt to vatted malt to finished whisky including their World Whiskies Awards top 3 'Macaloney's Twa Cask Islay - Caol Ila & Bunnahabain' and bonus dram: Macaloney's Caledonian 54 ppm peated single malt - the first Canadian single malt peat-smoked at the distillery!
GRAN RESERVA (1014 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2W1)
$30

SOLD OUT

Monday November 18, 2019

MASTERS OF WHISKY w/ Lynn Coulthard
6:30pm - 8:00pm

SOLD OUT: This event is now in its 6th year and has sold out each and every time. Attendees taste some of the world’s best whisky and offers attendees, the true whisky connoisseur, to taste and learn about some of the finest and rarer drams available in BC. At this particular event last year, the following are just a few of the bottles that were tasted: The Balvenie 15YO Single Barrel, Glenfiddich Winter Storm, Glenmorangie Signet, Bruichladdich 9.1, Red Breast 21YO, AnCnoc 24YO and several others. Each bottle at this event has a retail price of over $200! This year we will have some very special treats. Come and taste what makes these whiskies so special (and expensive!). This is a longer tasting of about 90minutes and between 6-8 bottles will be sampled.
GRAN RESERVA (1014 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2W1)
$119

WHISKY 101 w/ Lynn Coulthard
8:30pm - 9:45pm

SOLD OUT: Whisky 101 has been a staple of the festival for the last 10 years! This event always sells out and is one of the fastest to do so. Discover the world of whisky with Hopscotch Festival’s own Whisky Educator (Certified by World Masterclass of Whisky, Whisky Ambassador (Glasgow), Certified Spirits Specialist and WSET Educator) Lynn Coulthard. This event focuses on understanding the differences between the main types of whisky (Rye, Bourbon, Irish, Scotch Single Malt, Scotch Blend and other types…) as well as some ideas on how best to appreciate and serve them. The evening will include the tasting of a wide variety of whiskies as well as the learning of how tasting can be related to such things as raw materials & production methods. Great for beginners, a novice or an experienced aficionado wanting to brush up on their knowledge!
GRAN RESERVA (1014 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2W1)
$59

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 19, 2019

THE BUNNAHABHAIN MASTER CLASS w/ Joel Viginillo
7:30pm - 8:10pm

SOLD OUT: Experience the taste and Sound of Islay as Scotch Specialist, Joel Virginillo and Bunnahabhain Brand Ambassador, Mike Brisebois, guide you through Bunnahabhain Distillery's award-winning drams. From the gentle, un-peated dram that is Bunnahabhain 12, to the rich and robust 2007 French Brandy Limited Edition, let your senses journey to Bunnahabhain on an interactive experience that you will never forget.GRAN RESERVA (1014 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2W1)
$30

THE JAPANESE CRAFT WHISKY MASTER CLASS w/ Briany Tai
8:30pm - 9:10pm

SOLD OUT: Experience a cross-country journey of Japanese Craft whisky. A collection of unique spirits from Okinawa Island to north of Japan across from west coast to east. In this masterclass, we will taste a unique line up of ji-whiskies from 3 different distilleries, including the newest Japanese whisky from Nagahama distillery, the smallest distillery in Shiga, Japan. We will also bring back our Kujira whisky, an age statement single grain whisky that is truly authentic Japanese and unique, and award winning Shinobu whisky which has enjoyed a finishing period of rare Japanese oak cask, Mizunara! This year, you will get a chance to taste the new age statement whisky from Shinobu! At the end of the class, we will also present a mystery bottle as a bonus!!
GRAN RESERVA (1014 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2W1)
$30

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2019

WESTLAND WHISKY PAIRING DINER
7:00pm - 9:00pm
SOLD OUT:
Gez McAlpine, Western Canadian Brand Manager for Westland, along with Top Chef Finalist & Nightingale Head Chef Phil Scarafone, invite you on a culinary journey of the Pacific Northwest. Vancouver Magazine’s “Farm To Table” restaurant of the year presents an incredible selection of local produce, paired with Terroir driven American Single Malts, that speak to their roots in Seattle Washington. Enjoy a family style, Nightingale feast, with a Special look at the critically acclaimed Garyanna Oak limited release single malt.
NIGHTINGALE (1017 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6E 0C4, Canada)
$135

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 21, 2019

THE BRUICHLADDICH PIG & PEAT FEAST W/ BIG DAY BBQ
7:00pm - 9:00pm

SOLD OUT: Gez McAlpine, Western Canadian Brand Manager for Bruichladdich, Partnered with the Legends of Big Day BBQ (@bigdaybbq) welcome you to a casual & delicious evening with Incredible Islay Peated whiskies from the Bruichladdich Distillery, paired with some of the best smoked meats Vancouver has to offer. Tickets include a Welcome Bruichladdich Highball, Port Charlotte & Octomore single malt drams, & BBQ Platters to make your mouth water. Complimentary Pinball, Skiball & Arcade fun included.
THE AMERICAN (926 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2W1, Canada)
$75

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2019

THE NIKKA JAPANESE WHISKY MASTER CLASS w/ Roberto Roberti
12:00pm - 12:40pm

SOLD OUT: Join Nikka Specialist Roberto Roberti as he takes guests through a detailed sampling of the exciting world of Nikka Japanese Whisky. One of the most popular booths at Hopscotch year-in and year-out (by far), this event sold out instantly last year and each year before it. Taste several varieties of the high-quality whisky and learn about what makes this one of the most interesting and desired whiskies on the planet!
GRAN RESERVA (1014 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2W1)
$30

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 24, 2019

MASTER CLASS REGIONS: CAMBLETOWN AND THE ISLANDS w/ Lynn Coulthard
12:00pm - 12:40pm

SOLD OUT: Our "Masterclass Regions" series are private, deluxe tastings featuring whiskies from a particular region. Hopscotch has never produced one centered around Cambletown and the Islands. Guests will learn about the specific flavours that the particular region is known for and taste their way through the different distilleries from within such region. Cambletown has only a few distilleries located on it but they are all producing delicious whiskies. Springbank, Glengyle and Glen Scotia are what is left in Cambletown. The islands of Scotland are located near by so this tasting will showcase some of what Cambletown and the Islands have to offer.
GRAN RESERVA (1014 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2W1)
$30

THE GLENFARCLAS MASTER CLASS w/ Lynn Coulthard
12:00pm - 1:40pm

SOLD OUT: Among the handful of truly stand-alone distilleries in Scotland, Glenfarclas is the most assertive of its independence, by far the longest established, and the best known to connoisseurs. Its whiskies are in the top flight among Speysiders" - Noted whisky writer Michael Jackson. As a very special treat to the festival, Glenfarclas will be offering a special Master Class. Sip, taste, and learn about the 12 year old, 17yo, 21yo, 25yo and 30yo! This is a VERY SPECIAL opportunity.
GRAN RESERVA (1014 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2W1)
$30

MASTER CLASS REGIONS: ‘ISLAY’ w/ Lynn Coulthard
2:00pm - 2:40pm

SOLD OUT: Our "Masterclass Regions" series are private, deluxe tastings featuring whiskies from a particular region. Guests will learn about the specific flavours that the particular region is known for and taste their way through the different distilleries from within such region. The Islay has many famous distilleries such as Bruichladdich, Laphroaig, Bowmore, Lagavulin, Caol Ila, Ardbeg, Kilchoman and many others. Isla is quite small but home to many famous and iconic distilleries and is a centre of “Whisky Tourism” in Scotland.
GRAN RESERVA (1014 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2W1)
$30

MASTER CLASS REGIONS: ‘HIGHLANDS’ w/ Lynn Coulthard
3:00pm - 2:40pm

SOLD OUT: Our "Masterclass Regions" series are private, deluxe tastings featuring whiskies from a particular region. Guests will learn about the specific flavours that the particular region is known for and taste their way through the different distilleries from within such region. The Highlands region of Scotland has many famous distilleries such as Dalmore, Glengoyne The Macallan, Glendronach, AnCnoc and so many others. The Highlands region has many different flavour profiles, from fruity, oaky, smoke, honey, nutty and others. Attend the event and taste the many flavous of the Highlands while learning more about the region and what makes it so special.
GRAN RESERVA (1014 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2W1)
$30

THE BRUICHLADDICH MASTER CLASS w/ Gez McAlpine
4:00pm - 4:40pm

SOLD OUT: Gez McAlpine, Western Canadian Brand Manager for Bruichladdich, will guide guests through a tasting of the famous Islay whiskies from Bruichladdich Distllery. Explore the progressive and innovative malts of Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte & Octomore with a very special tasting of select Valinch series single cask malts only available directly from the distillery.
GRAN RESERVA (1014 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2W1)
$30