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21 August 2018– The Twisted Tail, the popular Southern-inspired restaurant, bar and live music venue on Headhouse Square, is thrilled to host the 5th annual Whiskey Bonanza on Thursday, September 20th from 7 to 10 p.m., featuring more than 70 whiskeys, a fierce cocktail competition with top Philadelphia bartenders, a signature southern pig roast, live music and more whiskey-themed fun!

A bevy of whiskeys, including Seattle’s Westland American Single Malt, Louisville’s Angel’s Envy and Lititz’s Stoll & Wolfe, will be offered by brand experts. Guests will vote on original cocktails created by five recognized bartenders for the cocktail competition. The bartenders participating are:

Jon Spencer of Union League
Sean McGuire of
Mary Woods of The Franklin Bar
Caitlin Welge of Stove & Tap
Ian Adamczyk of Mission Tacqueria, last year’s winner

“Whiskey Bonanza is an exciting event I look forward to each year, because we give whiskey-lovers the opportunity to try a variety of spirits with the experts,” said George Reilly, Master Craftsmen and owner of The Twisted Tail. “We are taking it up a notch for the fifth anniversary with the addition of the colossal Monkey Shoulder Monkey Mixer.”

The Monkey Shoulder Monkey Mixer, an Instagrammable cocktail shaker inspired by a cement truck, will be outside The Twisted Tail mixing cocktails using Monkey Shoulder.

Photo credit: Monkey Shoulder

Photo credit: Monkey Shoulder

Additionally, guests can opt for a VIP hour with early admission at 6 p.m. for access to rare whiskeys not offered during the main event, including Jefferson’s Sauternes, Lux Row Distillery’s Rebel Yell 10 Year and Amador’s Ten Barrels, along with a first-hand opportunity to enjoy The Twisted Tail’s traditional Suckling Pig Roast.

“I’m passionate about bringing together a vast collection of whiskeys and whiskey-lovers under one roof,” said Reilly. “Our festival-goers can share their experience with one another and discover a new spirit or brand to their liking.”

Tickets are $60 for general admission and $75 for VIP. Tickets can be purchased at or in person at The Twisted Tail or via phone at 215-558-2471.

-Alisha Donnell