We aim to expand the appreciation and awareness of the full range of Irish whiskey through the responsible and congenial enjoyment of Ireland’s signature spirit.
Our monthly tastings events are as much an exploration of whiskey as it is Irish history, heritage and culture. Irish whiskey evokes Irish wit, music, conversation and congeniality – the “craic” – and has a personal ancestral connection for the millions of people of Irish descent worldwide.
Membership is open to anyone 21 years of age or older who appreciates sharing and learning more about Irish whiskey in a fun and casual environment.
Formed and based in Boston area, we are affiliated with the original Irish Whiskey Society in Dublin. The IWSA is developing a framework for the formation of IWSA chapters across America, including procedures for membership, communication, tastings and other resources to ensure consistency and promote growth.
Our goals include arranging visits to IWSA meetings by Ireland’s leading whiskey producers and experts, organizing trips to Ireland to explore its rich whiskey history and Irish distilleries, and to commission our own special-issue whiskey.
NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
APRIL MEANS TARTAN
We're helping our Celtic cousins by marking the April 6th Tartan Day celebration of Scottish culture all month with a few tastings including Scotch. We're starting on April 10th with our friends at All About The Craic and Hugh O'Neill's pub in Malden, MA with an "Island Adventure" Scotch tasting. On April 16th and again on April 25th we'll be teasing the tastebuds with two different "Whiskey Duel," comparative head-to-head, tipple-to-tipple, whiskey vs. whisky, Irish vs. Scotch tastings. Check out the Events page for more info and to book your spot at one, two or all three tastings.
CRAIC FOR A CAUSE: WHISKEY DUEL TASTING TO BENEFIT RICHARD FAMILY FUND
Proceeds from the Whiskey Duel Tasting on Thursday, April 25 will be donated to the Richard Family Fund established at the Meetinghouse Bank in Dorchester. Join us for some fun for a purpose.
MAY TASTINGS BLOOMING
We'll send you off on your Memorial Day weekend excursions following a pair of tastings, beginning with a Bourbon tasting on May 1st at Hugh O'Neill's (coming up on Derby Day, of course). On May 14th we'll be back at the Blarney Stone with a tantalizing tasting of Irish whiskeys.
TUNING IN JUNE
We're still expanding the June tasting calendar and we have one already in store for you. We're at the Irish Cultural Center in Canton, MA on June 28th with a tasting called, "Me, Ye and the 'e'". We'll be expanding your palates with another comparative tasting.
IT'S MEMBERSHIP TIME!
Sign-up or renew your membership for the 2013 calendar year. We're happy to offer an expanded choice of items included with your membership this year including engraved Glencairn glasses and glass water pitchers, our new white porcelain pitchers and Jim Murray's 2013 Whisky Bible:
Even better, members who purchase a gift certificate for two to a monthly tasting or a Gift Membership receive an engraved Glencairn as our way of saying thanks.
For more information, please contact us at the Irish Whiskey Society of America.