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Johns Hopkins University
901 South Bond Street, Suite 540
Baltimore, Maryland 21231
Phone: 443-287-9960 | Fax: 443-287-9920
April 30, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Heather Egan Stalfort
(410) 516-0341 ext. 17
13th Annual Evening of Traditional Beverages
The Johns Hopkins University's Homewood Museum will strike the perfect balance between libations and learning at its 13th annual "Evening of Traditional Beverages" from 6 to 8 p.m., on Friday, June 5. This year's theme, "Scotland's Single Malts," was inspired by the bicentennial of the birth of Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759-1796).
The event will be held on the lawn of Homewood Museum, located on the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus at 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore (rain location is the Glass Pavilion in Levering Union). Admission is $20 for Homewood members and $25 for non-members. Due to the popularity of the event, reservations are required. Call (410) 516-5589 for reservations and directions; parking will be provided at nearby University Baptist Church.
At the annual Homewood Museum event, which combines history with an al fresco cocktail party, 23-year spirits specialist Craig Howard from Reliable-Churchill Distributors will discuss the history, culture, and taste of single malt whiskies from the Islay, Highland, Speyside, and Lowland regions.
Guests will enjoy sampling five wee drams of Scotch single malts produced along Scotland's famous whisky trail, including Glenfiddich 15 Year, Glenfiddich 21 Year, Balvenie 12 Year Doublewood, Aberfeldy 12 Year, and Compass Box The Peat Monster.' John Walsh, a representative from wine and spirits importer William Grant & Sons, will assist in the presentation of the Glenfiddich and Balvenie selections.
A splash of Scottish spring water will bring out the distinctive aromas and flavors of each, as will hors d'oeuvre and chocolate pairings generously provided by Neopol Savory Smokery in Belvedere Square and Edible Favors of Waverly Market. White wine and non-alcoholic beverages also will be served.
Andy Bienstock, WYPR-FM's program director, will serve as master of ceremonies. Christopher George, local poet and St. Andrews Society of Baltimore member, will read famous excerpts from Robert Burns' rousing drinking song, "Scotch Drink." George also will be on hand to autograph copies of his book, The Scots in Maryland and a History of the St. Andrew's Society of Baltimore, 1806-2006, which will be available for sale in the museum shop.
The single malt whiskies will be available for sale at a discounted price at The Wine Source in Hampden, the event's retail sponsor. The media sponsor for the event is 88.1 WYPR-FM.
About Homewood Museum
A National Historic Landmark built in 1801 by Charles Carroll Jr. and one of the nation's best surviving examples of Federal period architecture, Homewood Museum is known for its elegant proportions, extravagant details, and superb collection of American decorative arts. The museum is open for guided tours on the half-hour 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (last tour at 3:30). It is located on the Homewood campus of The Johns Hopkins University at 3400 N. Charles Street in Baltimore. For general information, the public may call 410- 516-5589 or visit www.museums.jhu.edu.