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  • What are the dates and hours of the Tasting?
    The Galena Whiskey Weekend Grand Tasting will be held on Saturday, March 9th 2024 at Turner Hall in Galena, Illinois. Cheers to 2024, 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
  • 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. If there is something you'd like to taste again, please check the table towards the end of the event.
  • 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, please call Galena's General Express at 815-275-5546. Please do not drive intoxicated! If you need assistance please locate event staff.
  • 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
  • Do I need to bring my own glass?
    No, each attendee will receive a Galena Whiskey Weekend Glencairn whiskey glass to keep.
  • Will there be any rare and ultra premium whiskeys at the event?
    Absolutely. The whiskey list for the 2024 tasting will be posted soon.
  • 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 light hor's devours (cheese & crackers) during Galena Whiskey Weekend’s Grand Tasting. This year we will also have two food trucks at the event if anyone would like to purchase additional food. This year we are proud to have Pulidos Taco Truck and Birds. Chicken Truck food trucks on site. Water provided by Culligans.
  • 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 Highly allocated whiskeys are available for tasting only at the event and not available for sale, these items are noted on the tasting program accordingly.
  • What do I do with my coat?
    We will have ample self service coat racks near the bathrooms.
  • 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.
  • How do I purchase whiskeys that I’m tasting?
    All of the whiskeys at the tasting are available for purchase with our retail partner, Family Beer & Liquor of East Dubuque, IL, with the exception of any items listed as "Tasting Only"in the program.
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