Philadelphia – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) will host former Philadelphia Flyers vice-captain and defenseman Kimmo Timonen on Saturday, Feb. 1, starting at 4:00 PM, at Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection, 180 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia. Timonen will greet fans and sign pre-purchased cans of The Finnish Long Drink Cocktail.
Born in Kuopio, Finland, Timonen played hockey before coming to the U.S. and joining the Nashville Predators organization. He joined the Flyers for the 2007-08 season and remained with the team for seven seasons. Timonen won the National Hockey League championship with the Chicago Blackhawks, and he played in five Winter Olympics. He is a five-time NHL All-Star, and was named the Flyers’ best defenseman five times.
The Finnish Long Drink is a spirit-based, low-alcohol beverage that tastes like a citrus soda. It debuted for the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki and has been a staple in Finnish liquor stores ever since.
A free tasting of The Finnish Long Drink Cocktail (Code 0800; $14.99 for six 12-ounce cans) will be available at the event for customers 21 years of age and older.
The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling nearly $18.5 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit lcb.pa.gov.
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