You don’t need to go to Kentucky to immerse yourself in a world of great bourbon. And you don’t need to travel to Scotland to sample an ample variety of Scotch whisky. You can, of course. Kentucky is fittingly host to the Kentucky Bourbon Festival and all, but whiskey and bourbon festivals are likely coming to a city—big or small—near you. There’s no better way to celebrate the flavor and history of the distilled beverage than to pair it with music, food, friends and an assortment whiskies from an assortment of distilleries.