Heirloom Pre Release Sampling Experience

When you want to know what Whiskey tasted like before prohibition, you have to also talk about the corn grown then. And by talk about, we mean learn every.intimate.detail.ever. This program is the effort of decades of time, energy and research of small, but dedicated group of individuals. We release one varietal per year, in limited quantity. We work with local farmers to propagate and grow these corn varieties and then grind, distill and age. We make only what the crop yields so once gone, there are no guarantees it will return.
This year’s Heirloom Whiskey is hitting the shelves this fall, but we’re suckers for sneak peek. Join us on Sept 16, 2023, for Heirloom Wapsie Valley Pre-Release Sampling Experience where you can look into our whiskey vault and taste past heirlooms no longer available, try future heirlooms still in barrel and get the first taste of this year’s Heirloom – Wapsie Valley! Space is extremely limited – only 25 people per time slot, so reserve your spot today!
Heirloom Tasting Experience – What is it?
Enjoy a 60 Minute tasting experience in our barrel storage area with an exclusive tour of our not-often seen production areas lead by Managing Partners Keith Meyer and Tara Steffens. Your experience will contain 7 whiskey samples including our Flagship Whiskey, previous bottled Heirlooms and straight-from-the-barrel samples of future Heirlooms. You will also have the ability to buy up to 6 bottles of the Heirloom Wapsie Valley before it goes on sale to the public and the opportunity to purchase some of our vaulted Heirloom Whiskies no longer on sale. Plus, we will talk a lot about corn and who doesn’t love THAT!
• 7 Tasting Samples with a guided tasting from our Managing Partners
• Light snacks provided during tasting
• Souvenir Tasting Glass & additional gift
• Presale with option to buy up to 6 bottles of Heirloom Whiskey: Wapsie Valley before it goes on sale to the public.
Cost Per Person: $65
Time Slots Available
10:00am (check in starts at 915am)
1130am (check in starts at 1045pm)
1pm (check in starts at 1215pm)
230pm (check in starts at 145pm)
4pm (check in starts at 315pm)
Additional Day-Of Information:
On the Day of Event, you are required to check in to the Patio/Gift Shop 10 minutes prior to your time slot (look for the Event Check In Sign). You can check in up to 45 Minutes prior to the start of your time slot. Other tasting experiences and Gift Shop available from 10 to 5pm. Check in under the name of the person who purchased the tickets, but an ID is required for every ticket purchased. Please have your IDs ready.
Parking is Street parking only. As we are part of an active community, please be aware you may have to walk around the block to reach us. Please obey all one-way streets and no parking directions. No outside alcohol or beverages are allowed in production spaces, water will be provided during the sampling event. With the limited space in our production facility, tasting experiences are standing. If you have trouble standing for 60 minutes, please contact us in advance.
The Boring Bits
This is a presale event only, tickets MUST be purchased in advance, online only. The Heirloom Whiskey Experience is a non-refundable event. Our Barrel Warehouse temperatures fluctuate, so be prepared for both warm and cool conditions. 21+ ONLY allowed in our manufacturing area, we will check all IDs upon check-in. Due to the nature of our production facility and the area of our private tastings, no children or animals are allowed. Handicap access is available upon request only. Please contact tara@pinckneybend.com with any ADA needs within 24 Hours of your time slot. The presale event includes the option to purchase up to 6 bottles of Wapsie Valley and any other bottled heirlooms as their availability warrants
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Specialty Barrel Sampling Experience

Ever wonder what we have aging? Us too! Now is your chance to get a look behind the curtain. Join us in our rarely seen barrel house for a tasting of some of our base whiskies and four barrel samples of our specialty barreled spirits.  Space is extremely limited for this event held on March 25th. Event will be led by Partner/Head Distiller Keith Meyer and Partner/Chief Operating Officer Tara Steffens. The amazing Pinckney Bend Staff will be available for our regular Tasting Experiences as well.

The Specifics:

  • Enjoy a 60-minute experience including an exclusive tour of our Stillhouse 2 and sampling in our Dunnage House.
  • You will sample our flagship whiskey as well a 4 samples straight from the barrels served in souvenir glass.
  • Small snacks and a unique souvenir gift will be offered during your experience.
  • Please check in at the Tasting Room Gift Shop (the door under the patio) 15 minutes before your time slot. Time slots are limited to 24 per person. Other tasting experiences and gift shop available from 10 to 5pm.

The Boring Stuff:
This is a presale event only, tickets must be purchased in advance, online only. The Barrel Sampling Experience is a non-refundable event. Barrel House temperatures fluctuates, so be prepared for both warm and cool conditions. 21+ only, we will check IDs upon check-ins. Due to the nature of our production facility and the area of the private tasting, no children are allowed

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11th Anniversary Party – Nov 5 2022

Just like whiskey, we just keep getting older. And just like getting older, sometimes you need to scale back. With our amazing road project still in progress, we’ve decided to celebrate our party in the yard – with a BIRTHDAY BONFIRE 12-8pm!
Come celebrate our 11th Anniversary with an outdoor party. There will be cocktails, yard games, music, food trucks and more! Check out our full day of activities on our properties as we are sure there is something for everyone. Plus you can always shop the block and visit some of our amazing neighbors!
Our Tasting room will be hosting a special ‘birthday flight’! They will happen on the hour, are $15 and are an excellent introduction to the past 11 years! Limited space per each flight, no reservations required.
We will be releasing our newest Heirloom Whiskey – Hickory Cane on this weekend. Come into the tasting room and take our birthday flight to taste some old and new options! While Supplies last!
We will have some classics and some brand new concoctions available all day! We will be ‘under the tent’ serving drinks from the famous to the infamous! And, as always, the limited ‘mug deal’ may make an appearance.
As always, enjoy responsibly.
Gin & Tonic
The Gincident
Bloody Mary
Ambush Cider
Irish Coffee
Spiked Hot Chocolate
And More!
Join us under the tent for some of our local favorites!
12pm to 4pm – @Friends of Aaron – large piece Jazz & Standards
5pm to 8pm – @Vintage String Theory – 3 part harmonies, dynamic acoustic instrumentation and a heck of a show!
Game of Fire – our favorite interactive art installation on the lawn! Try your hand at hitting the target to set off a spectacular show!
Washers – several sets available
Bags – several cornhole sets available
Giant Connect4 – as seen on our patio!
Lang-A-Tang Deli
Adkins Kettle Corn
Daddy-O’s Cheesecake
Abby’s Oriental Foods
Gift Shop will be open for bottle sales, but please note those bottles are not to be opened on the grounds. They are “off premise” only. No outside coolers permitted on the patio or under the tent, but we encourage you to grab a drink from one of our amazing downtown New Haven business – Seek Cocktails & Coffee, Paddle Stop Brewery, Wolf & Ferry!
You will be carded at your first drink and 21+ will get a bracelet. We reserve the right to remove anyone from our grounds and the right to stop serving anyone who appears intoxicated. Please enjoy responsibly.
We are in the middle of a street project, but there will be some street parking available, as well as some other lots. Please note there will be walking on uneven terrain and some possible sidewalk closures. If you need special assistance, please call ahead. We will have a few reserved spots only.

You must be at least 21 years old to visit this site.

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