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Horse Soldier Whiskey & War Stories Dinner

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    Tue, May 21, 2024 (6:00 PM - 10:00 PM)

Top of The V
1601 South Anaheim Boulevard
Anaheim, CA 92805
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Join us for a night of Horse Soldier Whiskey & War Stories, led by U.S. Army Retired Sergeant Major & Horse Soldier Partner, Vince Makela.

Welcome to the Horse Soldier Whiskey & War Stories Dinner! Join us at the Top of The V for an unforgettable evening filled with fascinating tales and delicious whiskey. Hear firsthand accounts from brave soldiers while enjoying a gourmet dinner in a stunning setting. This in-person event promises to be a unique experience that you won't want to miss. Come and immerse yourself in history and flavor and "Live Legendary"!

Days after 9/11, while many Americans were watching the news in a state of shock and horror, a team of 12 Green Berets took action. They covertly entered Afghanistan and began to wage war against the Taliban … on horseback.

It wasn’t until 48 hours before their insertion that the men were informed they would have to traverse the steep and treacherous landscape of Afghanistan on horses. It was the first of many aspects of this mission, code-named Task Force Dagger, that they would have to figure out as they went along.

Despite being often cut off from communications with command headquarters and outnumbered forty to one, these men, The Horse Soldiers, fought in a series of intense battles side-by-side with militia allies and successfully captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif from the Taliban, a strategic stronghold.

The Horse Soldier’s story inspired a book, a movie and a monument that can be seen at the 9/11 Memorial in New York. Nearly 20 years after Task Force Dagger’s success, retired Special Operators Scott Neil, Rob Schaefer, Mark Nutsch, Bob Pennington, Tyler Garner and John Koko, along with Elizabeth Pritchard-Koko, found a new mission: they founded American Freedom Distillery. The all-American company’s signature offering is the award-winning Horse Soldier Bourbon, which is sold in bottles pressed in molds made from steel salvaged from the World Trade Center site.

To learn more visit Horse Soldier Bourbon Story – Horse Soldier Bourbon Whiskey.

$200.00 ticket price is inclusive of the dinner/pairing price of $157 plus tax and 18% gratuity.

Ticket includes:

  • Welcome reception from 6:00pm-6:30pm with a welcome cocktail and passed pintxos
  • Introduction from U.S. Army Retired Sergeant Major and Partner, Vince Makela and Top of the V's Executive Chef Nathaniel McCoy
  • 3 course dinner and Horse Soldier Bourbon Whiskey pairing that will begin at 6:30pm
  • A signed bottled of Horse Soldier Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Complimentary Valet parking
  • Afterwards Vince Makela will be available to sign bottles if you would like to purchase any more to take home with you as well or give as a gift.

In honor of Memorial Day we will also be donating 10% of every ticket sold and any bottles purchased this evening to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation which was founded in honor of firefigher Steven Gerard Siller who raced through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel on foot in full gear to the twin towers on 9/11 where he gave up his life saving others. To learn more about this wonderful charity please visit: Tunnel to Towers Foundation (t2t.org)
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