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‘Whiskey Circus’ is coming to Cleveland with the chance to buy rare bottles

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Northeast Ohio Chapter of A Special Wish Foundation is hosting Whiskey Circus, a tasting event to raise money for the nonprofit while giving whiskey lovers a chance to win the right to buy a rare and expensive bottle.

The event will take place from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 at Red Space, 2400 Superior Ave., Cleveland.

The event is both a general tasting and a bottle sale.

For the general tasting, limited admission tickets are $65 and include 10 half-ounce pours. Forty whiskeys will be available to choose from for general tasting, along with heavy finger foods and a raffle entry for prizes. In addition, $5 vodka drinks will be available at a cocktail bar.

Additionally, $25 buy chances for rare whiskey bottles will be sold. Among the 25 bottle deals people can compete for will be Weller CYPB, King of Kentucky, Four Roses Limited Edition 2020, and Rip Van Winkle 12 Year. The complete list is in preparation.

Entrants can choose which bottles they hope to purchase at retail price. Tickets will be drawn from 5:30 p.m. State officials will have a remote liquor agency set up to sell the bottles, said Eileen Lane, executive director of the nonprofit Cleveland chapter.

“Even if you’re new to whiskey, you can go taste it,” said Lane, who said aficionados would also benefit from being able to compare different tastings.

She said the bourbon-centric event has been in the works since 2019.

“We don’t see this often,” she said. “We see it in the beer world, but not so much with spirits.”

In keeping with the circus theme, there will be fire-eaters, stilt-walkers, aerial artists, a caricaturist, contortionists, jugglers and a tarologist. Blues musicians Becky Boyd & The Groove Train will perform.

The nine-year-old Northeastern Ohio Chapter of the A Special Wish Foundation raises money to grant wishes for those under 21 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness or condition.

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