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Experience a taste of Ireland and the British Isles at Bethlehem's Celtic Pub and Restaurant.

Experience a taste of Ireland and the British Isles at Bethlehem's Celtic Pub and Whiskey Bar. With authentic Irish and British Isles food made from scratch, a full bar, an extensive Irish and Scottish whisky menu, and a family-friendly atmosphere, McCarthy's is the place for a true Celtic experience in the Lehigh Valley.

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Whisky Conversation with Elizabeth Riley Bell

  • McCarthy's 534 Main St Bethlehem, PA, 18018 United States (map)

Join us for a Whisky Conversation with Elizabeth Riley Bell, author of the Smart Guide to Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Keeper of the Quaich. 
Elizabeth will discuss tasting techniques, current trends in the Scotch whisky world, and lead you through the tasting of four different single malts to illustrate different flavor profiles and to make recommendations based on your preferences. Small select groups of no more than eight people will have Elizabeth at their disposal to answer all questions about Single Malt Scotch, including travel tips to the places in Scotland that produce these whiskies. Beginners to connoisseurs are welcome.


Reserve your space for the November 29, Whisky Conversation with Elizabeth Bell

The Glencairn Glass

The Whisky Conversation on November 29, will include four selections of different single malts chosen by Elizabeth Bell, a free Glencairn Whiskey Glass, and some bar nibbles. Thank you! 


About Elizabeth Bell

Elizabeth Riley Bell has recently written a comprehensive book about single malt Scotch whisky, which extends to over 400 pages. It is the first comprehensive book written by an American on the subject and was released in 2012 with a second edition released in July 2014.

She is a consultant and authority on single malt Scotch and writes about single malts, the whisky industry, and Scotland’s distillery region as well as conducting tastings, Scotch dinners, and staff development sessions. Additionally, she works on blind tasting panels at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Edinburgh, evaluates single malts for magazine buying guides and works as a consultant for several whisky distributors. Her extensive travels in all the distillery regions in Scotland have allowed her to gain first-hand knowledge of the production of Scotch and new products and to establish professional contacts there, which included working a distillery run with the mashman and stillman at Speyburn Distillery. 

In April 1996, she was the first woman and the first American to undergo training in the evaluation of whiskies at the Scotch Whisky Research Institute in Edinburgh and recently updated her skills while attending a refresher course in 2011. In April 2014, the Scotch Whisky Industry inducted her as a Keeper of the Quaich in recognition of her contribution to the culture, heritage and promotion of Scotch Whisky.



The Glencairn Glass can be found at every major whisky festival in the world as well as any serious whisky bar. The glass is used at distilleries from the Glens of Speyside to the paddy fields of Yilan County. Since it's launch in 2001 the glass has won numerous awards including the Queens Award for Innovation.
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