The Old Fashioned. Photo by Erich Wagner, CC BY-SA 4.0.

One of Baltimore’s best boozy fundraisers of the spring has returned, relying upon a liquor with deep local roots to raise money for a great cause.

“Ryes Up Against Cystic Fibrosis” is back for a seventh year, harnessing the power of rye whiskey to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Maryland. The Baltimore Bartenders’ Guild, a collective of nearly 100 of the city’s cocktail makers, will host the March 4 event at the Hotel Monaco downtown.

As with last year, around 20 types of rye cocktails – each made by a Baltimore Bartenders’ Guild member – and small bites from 15 local restaurants will be served, along with some non-whiskey spirits, wine and local craft beer.

Gala-goers will also get to sample ryes at tasting tables and bid on items in a silent auction, and watch as bartenders compete in a competition to determine who can make the best rye cocktail, with the crowd picking the winner.

Those willing to shell out a bit extra for VIP tickets can attend an “intimate whiskey tasting seminar” hosting by Beam Suntory, parent company of Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark and numerous other whiskeys and liquors. VIP ticket holders can also get in ahead of the main crowd. Thirty VIP tickets will be available.

The 7th Annual “Ryes Up Against Cystic Fibrosis” gala will take place March 4 at the Kimpton Monaco Hotel at 2 N. Charles Street, starting at 5 p.m. General admission tickets $65, VIP tickets $100. Click here for more info.

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Ethan McLeod

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...