Attendees of the April 12th Ely Stage Stop and Country Museum’s latest fundraiser, Whisky in America, had a spirited good time. Tartan kilt clad docent Rob Sansom poured seven distinct whiskies provided by Stephen Beal, Keeper of the Quaich, Senior Master of Whisky for DIAGEO, the world’s largest producer of whisky. Distilleries represented were George Dickel, Bulleit Bourbon and Rye, Johnnie Walker, Bushmills Irish and Barterhouse. Rosey Martin of Rosey Cooks, local Caterer and Kitchen Magician, presented savory small bites that accompanied the whisky selections perfectly. Included in her selections were a Cheese Sampler, Grown up Mac and Cheese, Chicken-Waffle Sliders, Guinness Beef Stew and Irish Coffee Pot de Creme.
As guests savored the whiskies and food pairings, Beal spoke of the history of whisky in America, describing the broad spectrum of aromas, textures and tastes. He described the various grains, distillation pots, and oak casks used in the production of whisky. Participants learned how bottle shapes and labels evolved in functionality. The Keepers of the Quaich is an exclusive, international community of members recognized for their outstanding commitment to Scotch Whisky. The mission of the Keepers of the Quaich is to promote the values and image of Scotch Whisky as the world’s finest and most prestigious distilled spirit. Beal certainly did that for Ely’s guests that evening.
The Ely Stage Stop was a perfect venue to highlight whiskies popular during the Victorian and Stage Coach eras. As a fundraiser, the event was a huge success. The event sold out and then some, with twenty eight folks in attendance. Funds raised will be used to help support the construction of a new working blacksmith shop on the property.
Seating for Ely Stage Stop events is always limited so remember to get a ticket early when the next event is announced. It would be a shame to miss it!
The museum is located at 9921 Soda Bay Road (Hwy 281) in Kelseyville (near Clearlake Riviera). Normal hours of operation are 11:00 AM to 03:00 PM each Saturday and Sunday. Contact number for questions about volunteer work, donations of old wood for barn construction, or docent applications is (707)533-9990.