On Saturday (July 19th) MaltFascination will celebrate it’s fourth birthday.
Technically the anniversary is on August 3rd, but with our second kid being due on August 10th I didn’t want to take the risk of having to cancel the celebrations.
This year it’s happening slightly different to previous years since I downsized it a bit to only some people from the Whisky club I’m part of, the Usquebaugh Society. This means the group is about half as big as last year. This is nice, since last years it got more and more crowded in our little back yard. This wasn’t necessarily bad, but I wanted it to be a bit more ‘intimate’. Plus, nobody can properly assess the 20th whisky in a row.
So, what’s happening on Saturday?
Apart from the weather forecasts being good, maybe even too good (31 degrees is HOT), there’s going to be a massive amount of pulled pork and some side dishes for food. During the night there will be other snacks. And chocolate of course, since that goes well with whisky.
Then there’s booze. It always has been a blind tasting event and that will not change anytime soon. Everyone brings a bottle (or two, if history is any indicator) and we’ll sit around yapping about it and everything else that comes up. Then, all of a sudden someone screams his guess about the contents of the bottle, and everyone else adds their two cents.
Of course, we’ll also have a beer with the meat. There’s a cocktail to start the afternoon Sazeracs this time. Last year was Whiskey Sour.
I’m very much looking forward to it, even though I have not yet decided what my contribution to the line-up is going to be. In the back of my head I’ve been planning next year’s 5th anniversary, which should be a lot bigger again. Maybe even a hog roast.