The winless football squad, the high-school-movie virgin, the Arkansas dental hygiene team...it's human nature to root for the little guy. For a pack of besotted underdogs, hit the first annual Independent Spirits Fest.
An offshoot of the Whiskies of the World expo, ISF will showcase 42 artisanal distillers -- guys whose stuff trounces bigger brands in taste competitions, yet somehow passes under the radar of college freshmen, Japanese businessmen, and other core mass market demographics.
The two banquet halls're stocked with handcrafted versions of every liquor in a Long Island Tea, plus bourbons, ryes, cachacas, and more. Notables include "Gin of the Year" DH Krahn, Napa Valley's Charbay, and Ukiah's Germain-Robin -- whose brandy's become a White House fixture, ordered by the case by the hard-partying ex-President, and allegedly avoided by the ex-harder-partying current one
If you're planning on hitting all 42 tables, the heaping dinner buffet comes highly recommended -- or risk the police restraining you with a canine unit, and finding that you yourself are under dog.