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Toast to health: O’Niell’s Whiskey Day promotion benefits Parkinson’s disease research

Enjoy some tasty whiskeys while contributing to a good cause during International Whisk(e)y Day! at O’Niell’s Nob Hill.

O’Niell’s Nob Hill will raffle whiskey-related items to raise money for Parkinson’s disease research. Items include branded signs, glassware and a whiskey barrel-style charcoal grill. (Courtesy of O’Niell’s )

“The backstory is there was this guy, his name was Michael Jackson,” said Mandy Busby, assistant manager of O’Niell’s Nob Hill. “He was a really famous whiskey and beer connoisseur, writer and reviewer. He was English. He wrote loads of stuff about whiskey. He passed away from Parkinson’s disease several years ago, and so March 27 is his birthday, and so many of his friends and colleagues, I think about six years ago now, got together and started this as a movement, International Whiskey Day, to celebrate him and his work but also to raise money for Parkinson’s disease research and help put an end to that.”

O’Niell’s has partnered with Team Fox, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, for this event. Proceeds raised through monetary donations, donation pledges, raffles and a bake sale will benefit the charity. Whiskey-related items will be raffled, including decorative whiskey-branded items such as lighted bottles and signs, framed chalkboards, whiskey-barrel heads, shirts and glassware and a whiskey barrel-style charcoal grill. O’Niell’s is hoping to raise $1,000 for the cause.

The International Whisk(e)y Day! event falls on Whiskey Wednesday, which O’Niell’s offers each week. Patrons will receive 20 percent off any of O’Niell’s whiskeys and scotches during the event. There also will be whiskey food specials, and guests can build their own flight for $15. Busby suggests trying the Japanese whiskeys O’Niell’s offers or the Irish whiskeys, which are a little harder to find.

“The build-your-own whiskey flights for $15 for any pours is a really good deal, because there’s a lot of stuff we have that’s like $20,” Busby said. “The build-your-own whiskey flight, they’ll get four choices for $15. It’s not a full shot. It’s about 5 ounces total, usually, but still it’s a pretty good deal. You can try more expensive stuff that you might not be able to try all the time.”

Whiskey lovers can also purchase their own bottle of Jefferson’s Ocean Select Barrel that is exclusive to O’Niell’s. The pub will raffle off some discounted purchase price tickets for these bottles as well.

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