Wednesday, July 20 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Integrating Craft Beer into your Cocktail Program

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What beers should be on your menu? How do you appeal to beer geeks and regular guests alike? Which beers do you need for mixology? How do we offer boilermaker combinations that aren't just hipster irony-bingo? What are the logistics of a beer program, anyway? Drinks menus in 2016 have to offer guest appeal, be media-friendly and deliver bottom-line profits, and the answer is BEER! (Well, craft beer, anyway).  Cocktailian consumers are increasingly beer-savvy, and craft beer offers the quality your guests love, profitability to rival your liquor & cocktail program and a  far, far faster speed of service. Join Elayne Duff, AB-InBev's craft beer division Global Event Manager (and former James Beard-nominated mixologist) as she moderates a discussion of best practices from Jackson Cannon (Boston's Eastern Standard and Island Creek Oyster Bar), Michael Shain (New York's Porchlight, a Danny Meyer cocktail bar) and Rich Higgins (master cicerone, brewmaster, beer consultant and certified sommelier). Craft beer is the new craft liquor!

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Elayne Duff

Global Event Manager- Craft Beer, Ab-Inbev
Jet-set mixologist turned craft-beer Event Manager for AB-InBev, the world's largest beer company; Elayne Duff's love of the drinks business has taken a new turn, from shaking and stirring to hops and cask. A native New Yorker, some of Elayne's first jobs after graduating college... Read More →

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Jackson Cannon

Owner/Bartender, The Hawthorne
Jackson Cannon Bar Director, Eastern Standard and Island Creek Oyster Bar Owner/Bartender, The Hawthorne Jackson Cannon has always lived to exacting standards. Son and brother of renowned award- winning journalists Lou and Carl Cannon, Jackson grew up immersed in a world of travel... Read More →
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Rich Higgins

President, Rich Higgins Consultant a la Biere
Rich Higgins is all things beer: brewmaster, beer educator, trainer, public speaker, and a consultant to breweries and restaurants. He is one of 11 Master Cicerones in the world, and additionally is a Certified Sommelier. He has curated beer programs at a dozen San Francisco restaurants... Read More →
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Michael Shain

General Manager, Porchlight
Michael Shain is General Manager of Porchlight, the first stand-alone cocktail bar by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG). Porchlight, a New York bar with a Southern accent, is the brainchild of USHG’s CEO Danny Meyer and Blue Smoke’s Senior Managing Partner... Read More →

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Goose Island Beer Company

Goose Island Beer Company is Chicago’s original craft beer company. Since 1988, the brewery has thrived on continual innovation and a reliance on quality of ingredients. Goose Island pioneered barrel-aged beer with the renowned Bourbon County Brand Stout which sits alongside the... Read More →

Wednesday July 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
Acadia Suite at the Royal Sonesta Hotel