It’s back! Sip and stroll your way through our historic downtown district tasting premium small-batch whiskeys paired with yummy bites at the 4th annual Downtown Alameda Whiskey Stroll. Enjoy an evening filled with food, drink, and entertainment while learning about the unique styles of Northern California distillers and local chefs. The popular event returns on Friday, March 4, 6:00-9:00pm.
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The Alameda Strolls are a great way to discover new places and support local businesses. Ticket holders will visit twelve unique downtown shops and spaces to taste small-batch whiskeys from a fantastic selection of Northern California distilleries. And while at each stop, guests will enjoy a savory or sweet bite perfectly paired with each whiskey.
This year’s Whiskey Stroll features a number of new businesses. First-time distillers include Ammunition Wine + Whiskey, Bardstown Bourbon Company, DuNord Social Spirits, and Young & Yonder Spirits. To keep things interesting, CRAFT Beer & Wine will once again be hosting a “Mystery Pour.” And as a bonus stop, Mommy’s Trading Post is offering samples of ‘Monday’ — a zero alcohol whiskey created for those who like to enjoy a cocktail without the alcohol.
Additionally, new retailer Magpie & Thorn will be host to a local chocolatier who is adding whiskey from the paired distiller to their tasty creations. And amazing street tacos from the newly opened Casa Revolución Taqueria will be served in LF Cochrane and Associates’ “secret” courtyard.
Ticket prices include a collectible tasting glass, whiskey tastings at more than twelve unique downtown businesses, a delicious bite at each location prepared by a downtown eatery, a commemorative guide, as well as goodies and prizes from downtown businesses.
To get the night rolling, there will be live music on Alameda Ave for downtown visitors to enjoy. The musical stylings of JimBo Trout feature a good-time gumbo of bluegrass, rock+roll, honky-tonk, and old time blues. Plus, the acoustic band Root will performing classics and everyone’s favorites on Dragon Rouge’s patio, located near the Park Street Bridge.
Tickets are on sale now! Ticket prices are $55 until February 27 and increase to $65 after that date, if still available. But take note, the Downtown Alameda Whiskey Strolls have sold out every year. All participants must be 21 and over.
To purchase tickets and to learn more about participating businesses, go to www.AlamedaStrolls.com.
Here’s a little more info about participating businesses:
Featured distilleries represented at the event come from different regions of the Bay Area, and beyond:
- Hyper-local distilleries from the East Bay include St. George Spirits from Alameda, and Home Base Spirits and Wright & Brown Distilling Co. from neighboring Oakland.
- Artisanal distilleries from San Francisco and Northern California include 10th Street Distillery, Ammunition Wine + Whiskey, Balcones Distilling, Bardstown Bourbon Company, Spirit Works Distillery, and Young & Yonder Spirits.
- Minneapolis-based Du Nord Social Spirits is the first fully-operational Black-owned distillery to be federally licensed and is served at Karibu by Wachira, Alameda County’s first Black woman-owned winery tasting room.
- Monday Zero Alcohol Whiskey is a high quality beverage crafted from natural ingredients at a San Diego distillery.
For those who find a favorite they’d like to take home, many of the whiskeys can be purchased at CRAFT Beer & Wine — Alameda’s premium bottle shop.
Sweet and savory bites are provided by local restaurants and food producers:
C’era Una Volta, Casa Revolución Taqueria, Craft Chocolates, Dragon Rouge, Johnathan’s Sandwich House, Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, Lola’s Chicken Shack, Speisekammer, Spinning Bones, and Tahina.
Tastings will be served at these unique downtown businesses:
Beanery of Alameda, Bonne Vie, Dragon Rouge, It’ll Do, Johnathan’s Sandwich House, Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, Karibu Wine Lounge, Keller Williams Realty, L.F. Cochrane & Associates, Magpie & Thorn, Mommy’s Trading Post, and PHOENIX.
Community Partner for this event:
We’re pleased to partner with the Alameda Food Bank for this event. As donations and volunteering decrease considerably after the holiday season, we’re pleased to offer cash tip jars at each pouring station to collect donations for their vital work.
Thank you to our sponsors:
The 4th Annual Downtown Alameda Whiskey Stroll is sponsored by CRAFT Beer & Wine and Fix Auto Alameda. Proceeds from the event help keep Downtown Alameda clean, green, and safe for all to enjoy.