The 2nd Annual Balvenie Rare Craft Collection, a gallery-style exhibition featuring original works from some of America’s finest craftspeople, is coming to Austin on September 16th and 17th as part of a nine-city tour. Curated by three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and native Scotsman Dario Franchitti (who will be making an appearance on the 16th between 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.), each of the 20 pieces in The Balvenie Rare Craft Collection stands as a passionate expression of craftsmanship in all its forms. From a hand-woven, hand-dyed merino wool hat and ornate bagpipe to a shuffleboard table constructed from ex-Bourbon barrels and a Baxendale Harwood guitar, this groundbreaking collection represents rare crafts from EVERY corner of America including Texas, proudly represented by western wear maker M. L. Leddy’s that has been fitting presidents, royalty and rock stars for leather boots and saddles for the past four generations.
The event will be co-hosted by Texas native Jonathan Wingo, The Balvenie Brand Ambassador, who has been making a name for himself in the whisky industry since 2010. Wingo was recognized in 2012 by Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30” in the Food and Wine category for his dedication to curating a collection of craft and obscure whiskies distilled from all over the world at a boutique liquor store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn called The Whiskey Shop.
Wingo says, “The Balvenie is proud to display America’s finest artisans and present our own craftsmanship for tasting: The Balvenie 12 Year Old Doublewood and 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask. We raise our glasses to the men and women who continue to express their respective crafts the old way, the right way, the handcrafted way.”
The Balvenie Rare Craft Collection is Sept. 16 & 17, 5:30PM – 9:00PM, at Brazos Hall (204 E. 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701).
Dario Franchitti will be making an appearance on Sept. 16thbetween 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. The gallery-style exhibit is free to the public (21+) and includes complimentary tastings of the world’s most hand-crafted single malt Scotch whisky, The Balvenie, and light hors d’oeuvre. RSVP is mandatory at www.thebalvenie.com/collection.