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Wednesday, July 20 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
BIG GIN Small Gin: The Producers Talk

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Never have the assortment of tasty pleasures within the world's most exotic spirit been in such a phase of epic discovery, wild proportions and of cult-like following! With all this excitement, methodology and technology, many questions have arisen to hot debate. Does size really matter? Is a big still better than a small one? How many people does it take to run a small versus large operation and what are the differences in stills and processes used? How does a large operation/process compare to a smaller one? Is "craft" a guy with a beard and a leather apron, or a $2m investment in a quality-control system? How do individually distilled and blended botanical distillates compare to those steeped, or vapor infused in single recipes, or those blended in various forms and stages? Is one botanical better than 50? Why use fewer or more? Let's find out. What are the most important botanicals in gins and what supporting roles do they play in a closed system? How much do we really understand about this complex scientific process? Where do distillers source their GNS and what types of grain bases provide the best canvas to suit the different variations of botanical flavors and expressions? Why do established brands opt for innovation and seasonal offerings? And what of all these experimental gins? Did they start out with a flavor profile or a drink strategy in mind to fulfill and work backwards from there? What's better, contract distilling or your own distillery? Or a bit of both? This is definitely going to be revealing and a not to miss discussion. Join industry icons Nik Fordham (Master distiller, Bombay gins), Allen Katz (distiller, Perry's Tot and Dorothy Parker gins), Jake Burger (brand owner, Portobello Road gin), Gary Hayward, Mike Enright and your host Raj Nagra, as we taste and experience their fine gins whilst hearing opinions on the current affairs of the gin category and the boundaries of new gins and contemporary classic styles.

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Raj Nagra

House of Bombay Global Ambassador, Bacardi Global Brands
The always vibrant and charismatic industry personality and Global Bombay Sapphire Brand Ambassador Raj Nagra brings over two decades of unique industry knowledge from both a business and trade perspective to his role at Bacardi Global Brands. Now in his 14th year as an Ambassador... Read More →

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Jake Burger

Director, Portobello Road Gin / The Ginstitute
Having bartended for 20 plus years, in 2011 Jake stepped out from behind the bar and became part of the team that opened The Ginstitute and launched Portobello Road Gin. Since opening The Ginstitute has educated over 15 000 people on the history and science of gin and is consistently... Read More →
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Mike Enright

Owner, The Barber Shop, Australia
Mike Enright Originally from the UK Mike Enright or sometimes known as Mikey has over twenty five years experience in the hospitality industry. Mikey started his career in traditional ale and managing pubs in England. He was later trained in London as a Cocktail Bartender and moved... Read More →
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Allen Katz

Co-Founder, New York Distilling Company
Allen Katz is the co-founder of the New York Distilling Company in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where he produces Dorothy Parker – American Gin, Perry’s Tot – Navy-Strength Gin, Chief Gowanus – New-Netherland Gin, Mister Katz’s Rock & Rye…and Ragtime Rye. He is also the Director... Read More →

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