MASTER CLASS SCHEDULE

 

ALL MASTER CLASSES ARE SOLD OUT

TEELING IRISH WHISKEY MC

DATE: Saturday November 24, 2018
LOCATION: 1:05PM - 1:45PM
LOCATION: GRAN RESERVA

Teeling was the first Irish whiskey distillery to open in over 100 years in Dublin. Guests will taste their way through 3 new expressions, Single Grain, Single Malt and Small Batch - all new to the province. As we focus on these three expressions, we will dive into the history of Irish whiskey, along with Teelings, which is fascinating.

GRAN RESERVA IS LOCATED DOWNSTAIRS AT “BODEGA ON MAIN” AT 1014 MAIN ST. IN VANCOUVER.

PRICE: $15


Bruichladdich mC

DATE: Sunday November 25, 2018
LOCATION: 12:00PM - 12:40PM
LOCATION: GRAN RESERVA

Join brand ambassador Gez McAlpine in an exploration of Bruichladdich’s diverse styles of single malt, from unpeated to the worlds most heavily peated whisky. Find out what it is that sets Bruichladdich apart from other distilleries on the worlds most famous whisky region.

GRAN RESERVA IS LOCATED DOWNSTAIRS AT “BODEGA ON MAIN” AT 1014 MAIN ST. IN VANCOUVER.

PRICE: $29


MICHTER’S DINNER

DATE: Monday November 19, 2018
TIME: 7:30PM - 9:30PM
LOCATION: Devil’s Elbow Ale & Smokehouse

Enjoy a custom paired dinner menu including Michter’s American Whiskey and perfectly prepared Smokehouse BBQ. Join Spirits Ambassador James Bornn as he takes you through a tasting several delicious Michter’s varities and educates you on the history of the brand, why bourbon’s have become so popular recently, and where it is going in the future. Michter’s American Whiskey is a premium whiskey. This is a special treat at Hopscotch. 

PRICE: $75


1st Annual Bruichladdich Pig & Peat BBQ feast

DATE: Tuesday November 20, 2018
TIME: 6:30pm RECEPTION, DINNER 7:00PM - 9:00PM
LOCATION: DIXIES BBQ

Join us for the inaugural Bruichladdich Pig & Peat. A family style BBQ feast at vancouver premier smoked meat destination. Join Brand ambassador Gez McAlpine & Dixies BBQ Master Alex Newton for an evening of incredible BBQ dishes accompanied by the newest releases of Peated whiskies form the Bruichladdich distillery including Octomore & Port Charlotte. 

PRICE: $75


MASTERS OF WHISKY EXTENDED MASTER CLASS (MC)

DATE: Tuesday November 20, 2018
TIME: 6:30pm - 8:00PM
LOCATION: Grand ReservA

2014 was the first year we ever produced our annual 'upper echelon' tasting and it has sold out each year, ever since. 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: Nikka 12 Year Old, Bruichladdich Black Arts 5, Coopers Longmorn 18 Year Old, and Glenfarclas 1966 Fino Cask. 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 and 6-8 bottles will be sampled.

GRAN RESERVA IS LOCATED DOWNSTAIRS AT “BODEGA ON MAIN” AT 1014 MAIN ST. IN VANCOUVER.

PRICE: $119


WHISKY 101 Extended MC

DATE: Tuesday November 20, 2018
TIME: 8:30pm - 9:30PM
LOCATION: Grand ReservA

Whisky 101 has been a staple of the festival for 9 of the last 10 years! This event always sells out and is one of the fastest to fill up. 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 IS LOCATED DOWNSTAIRS AT “BODEGA ON MAIN” AT 1014 MAIN ST. IN VANCOUVER.

PRICE: $59


Westland America Single malts presents: a true Pacific north west whisky dinner

DATE: WEDNESDAY November 21, 2018
TIME: 6:30pm RECEPTION, DINNER 7:00PM - 9:00PM
LOCATION: NIGHTINGALEWestland American Single Malt presents : A true pacific north west whisky dinner. 

Join Brand Ambassador Gez McAlpine & Chef Phil Scarfone as they dive into a culinary adventure of the PWN. Showcasing 3 exceptional Westland single malts alongside the critically acclaimed dishes of David Hawksworth’s Nightingale restaurant. A private Chefs table experience limited to under 20 people. Truly spectacular. 

GRAN RESERVA IS LOCATED DOWNSTAIRS AT “BODEGA ON MAIN” AT 1014 MAIN ST. IN VANCOUVER.

PRICE: $125


THE CLASSIC MALTS MC

DATE: Saturday November 24, 2018
TIME: 12:00PM - 12:40PM
LOCATION: GRAN RESERVA

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 36 year veteran of scotch whisky distillation, Michael Nicolson as he takes you through a fantastic journey of the Classic Malts, some of which he worked at.

GRAN RESERVA IS LOCATED DOWNSTAIRS AT “BODEGA ON MAIN” AT 1014 MAIN ST. IN VANCOUVER.

PRICE: $29


MASTER CLASS REGIONS: ISLAY

DATE: Saturday November 24, 2018
LOCATION: 2:10PM - 2:50PM
LOCATION: GRAN RESERVA

Walk down the aisle with a glass of Islay in your hand by exploring different malt whisky's from the Island of Islay. Try four whiskies, including two single malts and two blends, just released for the Whisky Release, 2018. Guests will enjoy Smokestack blend, Islay Storm, Finlaggan Old Reserve, and Ileach Cask Strength. Oh wait, there is a bonus… guests will also try a special bottling of a Port Charlotte 2006 with only 208 bottlers world wide. This is pretty amazing!

GRAN RESERVA IS LOCATED DOWNSTAIRS AT “BODEGA ON MAIN” AT 1014 MAIN ST. IN VANCOUVER.

PRICE: $29


The great whisky Smoke

DATE: Saturday November 24, 2018
LOCATION: 3:00PM - 6:00PM
LOCATION: The Whisky Smoke Experience tent

A three-hours all inclusive tasting of whisky, craft beer, cigars and live music! The Great Whisky Smoke allows guests to enjoy several different types of Scotch Whisky, Craft Beers and a delicious cigar! Once the event finishes, guests are escorted through the backdoor of the Grand Tasting Hall for first, no-line access to Saturday Night's Grand Tasting Hall. Each ticket includes 4 whisky sample, an allotment of Craft Beer samples, a premium cigar, admission to the Grand Tasting Hall (Your Great Whisky Smoke Ticket INCLUDES your Grand Tasting Hall Ticket) and coat check. The ticket does not include dinner but food can be enjoyed within the Grand Tasting Hall starting at 6pm. The Whisky Smoke is from 3-6pm and the Grand Tasting Hall is from 6-10pm, making this ticket a 7-hour event - if the ticket holder wants to enjoy it from start to finish!

PRICE: $99


Douglas Laing’s Remarkable regional malts mC

DATE: Saturday November 24, 2018
LOCATION: 3:15PM - 3:55PM
LOCATION: GRAN RESERVA

Join Stacy Kyle of Rare Drams as she hosts a tasting from the Limited Edition line of Douglas Laing's "Remarkable Regional Malt Collection” - the Cask Strength editions. Containing some of the very best Single Malts from their respective regions Big Peat from Islay, Rock Oyster from the Islands and The Epicurean from the lowlands. For those in the know, they will know how special an opportunity this is!

GRAN RESERVA IS LOCATED DOWNSTAIRS AT “BODEGA ON MAIN” AT 1014 MAIN ST. IN VANCOUVER.

PRICE: $29


compass box MC

DATE: Saturday November 24, 2018
LOCATION: 4:20PM - 5:00PM
LOCATION: GRAN RESERVA

James Bornn, Spirits Ambassador and the Jason Bourn of Master Classes will be leading the Compass Box Masterclass! In this tasting, guests will explore the world of blending luxury whiskies. Guests will taste 4 unique products, including 2 new and hard to get Limited Edition releases - Delilah's XXV and the new Flaming Heart 2018 edition. You won't want to miss this opportunity!

GRAN RESERVA IS LOCATED DOWNSTAIRS AT “BODEGA ON MAIN” AT 1014 MAIN ST. IN VANCOUVER.

PRICE: $24


NIKKA JAPANESE WHISKY mC

DATE: Sunday November 25, 2018
LOCATION: 1:05PM - 1:45PM
LOCATION: GRAN RESERVA

Join Nikka Brand Ambassador Austin Bellantoni 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. 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 IS LOCATED DOWNSTAIRS AT “BODEGA ON MAIN” AT 1014 MAIN ST. IN VANCOUVER.

PRICE: $29


OH, CANADA! MC

DATE: Sunday November 25, 2018
LOCATION: 2:10PM - 2:50PM
LOCATION: GRAN RESERVA

We are offering an incredibly premium Canadian Whisky tasting led by Colin MacDougall, Corby's Canadian Whisky Ambassador. This will be a highly exclusive event, only 25 spots, where we will be showcasing 4 whiskies with international cask finishes. They are: Pike Creek 10yr Caribbean Rum Cask, Pike Creek 21yr Speyside Cask, Pike Creek Hungarian Oak and J.P. Wiser’s Union 52 Single Malt hybrid.

GRAN RESERVA IS LOCATED DOWNSTAIRS AT “BODEGA ON MAIN” AT 1014 MAIN ST. IN VANCOUVER.

PRICE: $19


MASTER CLASS REGIONS: HIGHLANDS

DATE: Sunday November 25, 2018
LOCATION: 3:15PM - 3:55PM
LOCATION: GRAN RESERVA

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 IS LOCATED DOWNSTAIRS AT “BODEGA ON MAIN” AT 1014 MAIN ST. IN VANCOUVER.

PRICE: $29


MASTER CLASS REGIONS: SPEYSIDE

DATE: Sunday November 25, 2018
LOCATION: 4:20PM - 5:00PM
LOCATION: GRAN RESERVA

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 Speyside region of Scotland has many famous distilleries such as The Balvenie, Glenfarclas, Mortlach and Tomintoul. Speyside is quite small but home to more than half the operating distilleries in Scotland. Speyside whisky is known as being complex while offering rich and sweet aromas.

GRAN RESERVA IS LOCATED DOWNSTAIRS AT “BODEGA ON MAIN” AT 1014 MAIN ST. IN VANCOUVER.

PRICE: $29


THE SUBTLETY OF THE FINISH MC

DATE: Sunday November 25, 2018
LOCATION: 5:25PM - 6:05PM
LOCATION: GRAN RESERVA

Just as important as what is in the whisky itself, is the cask that it is finished in. There are many different types of casks and these casks play a pivotal role in how a finished whisky will taste. Guests at this event will taste their way through several whiskies, each created with a different finish, and will learn about the subtle tasting notes that a cask type brings to a whisky. Attend to taste the difference between a Bourbon Finish vs. Oloroso vs. PX vs. Port, etc.

GRAN RESERVA IS LOCATED DOWNSTAIRS AT “BODEGA ON MAIN” AT 1014 MAIN ST. IN VANCOUVER.

PRICE: $29


JAPANESE CRAFT WHISKY MC

DATE: Sunday November 25, 2018
LOCATION: 6:30 - 7:10PM
LOCATION: GRAN RESERVA

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 Yamazakura whisky of Sasanokawa Shuzo who helped Ichiro Akuto from Chichibu Distillery save remaining stock from the new-closed Hanyu Distillery and assisted Akuto in establishing his brand. We will also introduce 2 new whiskies: Kujira whisky, an age statement single grain whisky that is truly authentic Japanese, and Shinobu whisky which has enjoyed a finishing period of rare Japanese oak cask, Mizunara!

GRAN RESERVA IS LOCATED DOWNSTAIRS AT “BODEGA ON MAIN” AT 1014 MAIN ST. IN VANCOUVER.

PRICE: $29