World Whisky Day celebrations in Decatur, Kirkwood

Posted by Dena Mellick May 16, 2015

Whisky oak barrels waiting to be filled. Photo from John Haslam/wikimedia commons

This story has been updated.

Decatur is celebrating World Whisky Day today. The Decatur Minute says, “Yes, that’s a thing, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate it in Decatur.”

It goes on to detail:

The Marlay House is offering a special selection of four Irish whiskeys and a cheese plate.

Brick Store, Leon’s and Kimball House have all said they’ll be celebrating – especially since every day is pretty much whisky day for them.

And then of course, you cannot mention whisky in Decatur without thinking of Mac McGee. The pub has more than 100 Whisk(e)ys to choose from. So belly up to the bar, order your favorite and #ShareADram.

And if having a wee dram gets you in the mood to shop, visit Trinity Mercantile & Design for all things whisky. Pick up a copy of  A Guide to Urban Moonshining: How to make and drink whiskey and stock up on some bar items/accessories.

Kirkwood has its own drinking club called the Kirkwood Whiskey Society. Members of that group may be out casually enjoying a dram today at the Kirkwood Spring Fling.

The Kirkwood Whiskey Society released a statement in honor of the day, saying, “The Kirkwood Whiskey Society raises a glass in honor of World Whisky Day. We encourage any and all to responsibly enjoy and appreciate their favorite bourbon, rye, scotch, or other world whiskey today. As always, we believe a good bottle becomes better when shared. People with all levels of whiskey/whisky experience are encouraged to join the Kirkwood Whiskey Society.”

So is it “whisky” or “whiskey?”

The grammar website Grammarist explains, “The difference between whiskey and whisky is simple but important: whisky usually denotes Scotch whisky and Scotch-inspired liquors, and whiskey denotes the Irish and American liquors. The word itself (both spellings) is of Celtic origin, and modern whisky/whiskey distillation practices originated in Ireland and Scotland. Using whiskey to refer to Scotch whisky can get you in trouble in Scotland.”

We’re guessing those celebrating World Whisky Day (the website’s spelling), don’t really care too much.

This story was updated with the statement from the Kirkwood Whiskey Society.

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