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A Whiskey Deemed Worthy

Presented by Wayside Furniture


A Whiskey Deemed Worthy

Presented by Wayside Furniture
Friday May. 26, 2023 at 7:00pm
Akron Civic Theatre

A Whiskey Deemed Worthy offers a unique tasting adventure 

Mark Twain said, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” And the writer Raymond Chandler once observed, “There is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren’t as good as others.” 

Well, how do you know a good whiskey when you taste it? Experience! 

Whiskey lovers and the whiskey curious are invited to walk into the world of “liquid sunshine” at the Akron Civic Theatre’s A Whiskey Deemed Worthy on Friday, May 26 at 7:00 p.m. Patrons will have their choice of four standard-serving-size pours from among 16 American whiskeys:

  • Cleveland Whiskey: Cleveland Underground Black Cherry Bourbon; Wheat Penny 1958;  Magic Rabbit Chocolate Peanut Butter Whiskey; Black Reserve Bourbon Whiskey; and Bridge & Main American Wheat (Ohio)
  • Middle West: Wheated Bourbon (Ohio)
  • Towpath Distillery: Bourbon Whiskey (Ohio)
  • Angel’s Envy (Kentucky)
  • Bardstown: Fusion (Kentucky)
  • Four Roses: Single Barrel Bourbon; Small Batch Select (Kentucky)
  • Larceny: Small Batch (Kentucky)
  • Sazerac:  Straight Rye Whiskey (Kentucky)
  • Woodford Reserve: Double Oaked Bourbon (Kentucky)
  • Bib and Tucker: Small Batch 6 Year Bourbon Whiskey (Tennessee)
  • Uncle Nearest: 1856 (Tennessee)

Patrons will also enjoy ambient live music and a delicious array of noshes — a spectacular charcuterie presentation of meats, cheeses, vegetables, dips and breads by D’Agnese’s Trattoria; chicken wings; and sweet and savory selections from Gardner’s Pies. Specialty drinks showcasing some of the featured bourbons and whiskeys will also be available for purchase.

Tickets are $60 and can be purchased at the Akron Civic Theatre box office, 182 S. Main St. in downtown Akron; by phone at 330-253-2488; or online at Patrons must be 21 or older to attend the event. 

“Whiskey tastings are a great way to try a variety of new bourbons and whiskeys at a reasonable price and discover the nuances of each pour,” said Valerie Renner, associate director of programming, media and marketing at the Akron Civic Theater. “In the tradition of the Civic’s annual Pints & Pies Craft Beer & Pizza Festival and Wine, Cheese and Chocolate, Darling! tasting events, A Whiskey Deemed Worthy will invite our guests into a wider world of the whiskey experience.”

A good whiskey-tasting experience engages all the senses. Tasters usually begin with observing the color of the whiskey. The darker the whiskey, usually the richer the taste. Next, move to its aromas and flavors, looking for notes that range from spices, sweets and grains to woods, fruits and florals. “Mouthfeel” also plays an important role: is this whiskey hot, viscous, dry, creamy, chewy? Even the sense of sound comes into play as the taste of a delicious whiskey elicits the universal expression of satisfaction: “Ahhhh!”  

Attendees will receive a program booklet at the event that walks them through the tasting experience and provides background information on all of the featured spirits. 

“Never cry over spilt milk,” advised Bret Maverick of the classic Western TV series. “It could’ve been whiskey.”

The Akron Civic Theatre thanks these
foundations and corporations for their support:

Knight Foundation
PNC Bank
Akron Community Foundation
Ohio Arts Council
Peg's Foundation
Corbin Foundation
Lehner Family Foundation
Thomas & Lisa Mandel Family Fund
Akron Civic Commons
Huntington National Bank
City of Akron
County of Summit
ICF Foundation
Akron Civic Theatre Women's Guild
Knox Marketing
Sisler McFawn Foundation
Synthomer Foundation
FirstEnergy Foundation
M G O'Neil Foundation
GPD Group
Printing Concepts
Calhoun Charitable Trust
Akron Childrens Hospital
Greer Family Foundation
Harwick Standard
Steere Enterprises
Hilton Garden Inn
The Berroteran Group
Cohen & Company
Ernst & Young
Great Lakes Honda
Greater Akron Chamber
Malco Products
Maynard Family Foundation
McAfee Tool and Die
Metis Construction Services
Metro RTA Akron
S.A. Comunale
State & Federal Communications
Summa Health
United Way of Summit and Medina
The University of Akron
Wichert Insurance
Akron Pride
Stage Left
Gay Community
Acme Fresh Market
Akron Summit CVB
BFG Federal Credit Union
Crystal Dental Lab
First National Bank
Fifth Third
Lake Erie Electric
MS Consultants
SeibertKeck Insurance