Newcastle Independent Whisky Festival set for September 2

Newcastle is set to host its second annual Independent Whisky Festival on September 2, bringing together whisky enthusiasts, connoisseurs, and newcomers for a day of exploration.

Organised by Karl Glenn, founder of the North East Whisky Appreciation Society, the event will provide an opportunity to sample an impressive array of independent whiskies.

Karl, an avid whisky collector with more than 1,500 bottles in his personal collection, believes whisky is one of the world’s most social beverages. He founded the North East Whisky Appreciation Society Facebook group, which rapidly grew to become one of the country’s largest and most active whisky communities, boasting more than 3,000 members.

The Independent Whisky Festival will take place at Anarchy Brewery’s taproom and attendees will receive an exclusive Glencairn glass and a lanyard.

“The Independent Whisky Festival is a celebration of quality, adventure, and community,” said Karl. “We’re thrilled to offer attendees the chance to connect with the creators behind these remarkable whiskies and share in the joy of discovering new flavours. Whether you’re a seasoned connoisseur or just starting your whisky journey, this is an opportunity to expand your horizons and create lasting memories.”

The festival will feature two sessions, noon-3.30pm and 4.30-8pm, with a selection of whiskies to sample from Lady of the Glen, Chapter 7, Artful Dodger, Claxton’s, Cadenhead’s, Single Cask Nation and Cooper’s Choice.

The festival’s official charity is Men’s Pie Club, which aims to tackle social isolation and improve mental health – and a special bottle auction and raffle will take place during the event.

Tickets can be purchased at

For more information and updates, join the North East Whisky Appreciation Society on Facebook

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