An old Western movie set will be transformed into a whiskey oasis for a day.
The Whiskey Classic main event on Oct. 12, at San Cristobal Movie Ranch, south of Santa Fe, will showcase more than 50 whiskeys, over 20 distilled spirits, beer, wine and cider. A portion of event proceeds will go toward a scholarship for students enrolled in Central New Mexico Community College’s beverage and brewing management program.
Attendees can sample to their hearts’ content and learn more about the alcohol they are tasting.
“Last year, I just had the New Mexico Distillers Guild,” event founder Micaela Brown said. “This year, I’ll have the New Mexico Distillers Guild and Favorite Brands, so I have Japanese whiskey. I have scotch, I have bourbon, I’ve got Irish whiskey, I have Kentucky bourbon. I have products from all over the (United States). … It’s a way to celebrate what we’re doing in New Mexico but also kind of embrace the whiskey lifestyle, which is really a trend right now.”
Attendees will receive a tasting glass and a tote and will get to chow down at a buffet featuring food from M’Tucci’s Italian Restaurant. Guests can also enjoy live music by local bands The Noms and Michael Moxey and the Easy Sinners as well as the cumbia band La Diabla, from Tijuana, Mexico. Gunslingers and saloon girls also will entertain.
“Last year, I had 14 gunfighters and saloon girls, and they put on performances in the center the whole time,” Brown said. “This year, we’re at a new venue. This one was built by Netflix to be the set of ‘Godless’ in 2017, and no one’s seen it before. This year it’s a mining town, so it’s a little bit more gritty, and the streets are narrow, so the gunfighters are going to do little vignettes throughout the day all over the town but not one centralized performance.”
Eventgoers can attend informative courses on distilled spirits, cocktails and cigars.
“So everything from mixology to Cigar 101 to cigar and whiskey pairings,” Browm said of the classes. “There’s so many things to do when you’re out there, so it’s not just come and drink; it’s come and explore and experience and have fun and savor. Smoke a cigar over by the fire pit in the lounge. It’s going to be really crazy.”
Free shuttle buses will run to and from the Railyards in Santa Fe to take attendees to the event. There also will be designated parking about 10 minutes away from the event. Attendees will be taken to the event from the parking lot in horse-drawn carriages.
This year, Brown has added a couple new events, including a reception for holders of VIP tickets on Oct. 11 at the Four Seasons Santa Fe. There also are tickets available for a five-course whiskey-pairing dinner the same night at the hotel. The menu is on the event website, whiskeyclassic.us.