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Winter Bourbon Fest Returns
Rare Whiskeys and Specialty Beers, February 25

BAY SHORE, NY. January 24, 2017 - More than thirty whiskies and thirty specialty craft beers will be offered at T.J. Finley's 2017 Winter Bourbon Festival. The event will take place on Saturday, February 25, 2017 with a VIP session starting at 3:00pm and General Admission session starting at 4:00pm. The 4th annual Winter Bourbon Fest will be held at T.J. Finley's located at 42 E. Main Street, Bay Shore, NY 11706. Tickets are on sale now. This is a 21+ event. A limited number of tickets are available. For event information and to purchase tickets, visit www.winterbourbonfestival.com.

According to 2016 report in Forbes, "bourbon and whiskey sales are soaring around the world." American whiskeys outpaced the industry with a 7.8% growth from the previous year to revenues of $2.9 billion. Distilled Spirits Council spokesman Frank Coleman seems to agree. In a recent interview he told The Associated Press that "a thirst for bourbon, Tennessee whiskey, and rye whiskey at home and abroad helped to boost the overall supplier sales for spirits up 4.1%."

"The term 'American Whiskey' covers such an expansive range of styles and flavors," said Sean Brown, District Manager for Southern Wine & Spirits of NY. "This event will give the whiskey lover a large range of styles from which to choose. With the return of the Winter Bourbon Festival, attendees will be able to try some of the best-selling and most desirable whiskeys all under one roof," added Brown.

As a special treat, festival goers will also be able to try some locally brewed bourbon barrel aged craft beers from local and national award-winning breweries. New this year will be the Cocktail Lab, hosted by mixologist Heather Cheetham. Attendees will learn how to make and sample seasonal whiskey cocktails.

"Craft beer drinkers and whiskey drinkers share a passion for flavor, variety, tradition, and an artisan spirit," said Drew Dvorkin, owner of event host, T.J. Finley's. "The Winter Bourbon Festival is one of our favorite events of the year. Enthusiasts from all over Long Island, Queens, and New York City gather to enjoy an eclectic variety of whiskey and barrel aged beer. It's great to spend a winter afternoon surrounded by like-minded people, sipping amazing whiskey, and supporting a worthwhile cause," added Dvorkin.

The event will help raise funds for Gavin's Got Heart, a local 501c3 charity with a mission to educate people about congenital heart defect (CHD) while offering support to families with children affected by CHD. www.gavinsgotheart.org.

Tickets for the Winter Bourbon Festival are $75 for VIP and $50 for General Admission. VIP tickets include a bonus hour where specialty bourbons and beers will be offered and a VIP take home gift. All ticket holders get a commemorative tasting glass, sponsored by Jim Beam, and a BBQ sandwich of their choice. This is a 21+ event. All attendees must show valid photo ID for admission. Tickets are on sale now at www.winterbourbonfestival.com. T.J. Finley's located at 42 E. Main Street, Bay Shore, NY 11706.

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