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Friday, July 22 • 10:00am - 11:30am
Bespoke Gin & Collaborative Distilling

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Custom-made gins created exclusively for certain bars are becoming more frequent. There are also more inter-distillery collaborations than ever before and the dawn of the guest distiller is bringing ‘Gypsy Brewing’ culture into the world of spirits. In this specialist 12 sample gin tasting, you will find out what’s driving this trend, who is doing it and what has been made so far. You will learn about how cross-proliferation of distilling knowledge is crucial for brand owners and distillers alike along with how it helps them to remain innovative. Lastly, you will also gain valuable insight into the impact it can have on customer retention for the end retailers, bar owners and distilleries who have embarked on these projects so far. Hosted by Gin Foundry, the session is a unique chance to get a 360% view on how “custom-made” works for all parties involved, how best to start a juniper-laced collaboration and what the future holds for this exciting recent development in craft distilling.

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Olivier Ward

Co-founder and Editor, Gin Foundry
Since its launch in 2013, Gin Foundry has become one of the most authoritative and influential website on Gin. It has amassed one of the largest and most in-depth repositories of information about Gin online. Gin Foundry’s readers turn to the website to read in-depth brand reviews, informative interviews with owners and Master Distillers, as well as to find cocktail suggestions and wider features about the category. | | As the editor of... Read More →

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Cameron MacKenzie

Founder/Distiller, Four Pillars Distillery
Before throwing my lot into the production of craft spirits, I was a fifteen year veteran of the wine trade having made, sold, marketed and judged some really wonderful wines. | Australia has some rare and unique botanicals and I am fascinated in how well they work in craft gin production.
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Emile Ward

Co-Founder, Gin Foundry
Emile is the engineer behind Gin Foundry's operations in addition to being responsible for its bespoke projects, social media, SEO and e-commerce platform and generally keeps the wheels turning. Emile's commercial understanding, harnessed by his expertise in advertising and his unique take on products, has allowed Gin Foundry to launch projects that celebrate the category and allow consumers to enjoy all the aspects of gin's rich history... Read More →

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Edward Don

Owned and operated by the Don family since 1921, Edward Don & Company is the world's leading distributor of foodservice equipment and supplies. Our knowledgeable sales representatives, unmatched product selection, nationwide distribution centers, and integration of new technology make us the chosen supplier to all types of foodservice businesses including independent restaurants, national chains, health care, hospitality, country clubs... Read More →
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Tales of the Cocktail

Founded in 2002, Tales of the Cocktail® has grown from a small gathering of cocktail lovers into the world’s premier cocktail festival. Each year the international spirits industry is welcomed to New Orleans for a week of seminars, tastings, networking events and much more. With 200+ annual events developed specifically for bartenders, distillers and other spirits professionals, Tales of the Cocktail® is the... Read More →

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