Galena Whiskey Tasting FAQs

What are the dates and hours of the Tasting?

The Galena Whiskey Weekend Grand Tasting will be held on Saturday, January 30th 2021 at Turner Hall in Galena, Illinois. Cheers to 2021, join us for an afternoon or evening tasting times are as follows: Afternoon Tasting - Doors open 12:45 Tasting starts at 1:00, tasting ends at 3:30 sharp Evening Tasting - Doors open 4:45 Tasting starts at 5:00, tasting ends at 7:30 sharp

Where is the festival being held?

The Galena Whiskey Weekend Grand Tasting will be held in historic Turner Hall at 115 S. Bench Street in downtown Galena, Illinois.

Who should I contact with press inquiries?

All press inquiries should be directed to

Are tickets refundable?

All ticket sales for the Galena Whiskey Weekend are final.

Is there parking available near the event space?

There is parking available on Bench Street and Main Street in downtown Galena, plus additional pay and display lots. We suggest you park on or around Main Street, as it is a short walk up to Turner Hall from there.

If I feel I cannot drive after the event will there be a shuttle or taxi service to take me home or to my hotel?

If after the Galena Whiskey Weekend Grand Tasting, you feel you are unable to get home or to your hotel safely, a taxi service is available. We will provide phone numbers for taxis at the event. Please do not drive intoxicated!

Can I bring a camera or a video camera to Galena Whiskey Weekend?

Sure! In fact, we would like you to encourage you to take as many photos and videos as you please, and we hope that you will be generous enough to share them with us! Please feel free to tag your posts with #GalenaWhiskeyWeekend on Facebook or Instagram

Will there be any rare and ultra premium whiskeys at the event?

Absolutely. The whiskey list for the 2020 tasting is constantly evolving please see the main page.

Will there be anything to eat or drink at Galena Whiskey Weekend’s Grand Tasting other than whiskey?

Yes. There will be complimentary drinking water and heavy hor's devours during Galena Whiskey Weekend’s Grand Tasting. Hors d'oeuvres served 12:30-4:00

Where do I purchase tickets?

You may purchase tickets here. Galena Whiskey Weekend uses e-tickets. Please bring your printed ticket to the festival.

Are children allowed at the festival?

Sorry, no children. All attendees must be 21-yrs or older. Everyone will need a valid ID to enter the Whiskey Tasting. Please have your ID and ticket ready upon arrival.

Are pets allowed?

We love our animals, but no pets will be allowed at the Galena Whiskey Weekend Grand Tasting. Dogs, cats, birds and goldfish must be left at home…sorry. Service Animals will be allowed.

When I find a bottle I love at the Galena Whiskey Weekend Grand Tasting, can I buy it there?

Our retail partner, Family Beer & Liquor, will stock all of the spirits tasted at the Grand Tasting, while supplies last! You may buy favorites at Family Beer & Liquor Saturday following the event (or anytime Sunday). Visit for full store information Ultra Premium Whiskeys are available for tasting only at the event and not avaiabile for sale, these items are noted on the tasting program accordingly.

Do I need to bring my own glass?

No, each attendee will receive a Galena Whiskey Weekend Glencairn Whiskey Glass to keep.

Do you offer a coat check?

Yes, a coat check will be available inside Turner Hall.

How will I know where to go on Saturday to taste my favorite whiskeys?

There will be a comprehensive tasting booklet with numbered table assignments in Turner Hall, making it easy for you to make a beeline directly to your favorites. This can be found on the homepage of our website.

Are there drink tickets or tokens at the event?

No, because we want people to enjoy their afternoon and drink at their leisure. Remember, this event is conducted for educational tasting purposes. Take your time, taste what you wish, but please drink responsibly.

Can I taste the same whiskey more than once?

As sample quantities are limited, especially on highly allocated items, we ask that you only taste one sample of each individual whiskey. No seconds please so that everyone gets a chance to taste all of the rare whiskeys at this event.

How do I purchase whiskeys that I’m tasting?

All of the whiskeys at the tasting, except the rare whiskeys marked with an NA in the program, are available for purchase with our retail partner, Family Beer & Liquor of East Dubuque, IL.