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Thursday, July 21 • 10:00am - 11:30am
Ten Things To Ask Every Craft Distiller

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Come learn what’s behind that grainy “new craft spirit smell.” With some 700 craft distilleries now or soon producing across North America, it's increasingly hard to sort craft from crafty. This seminar will provide the tools — a set of simple questions — to help sort one from the other. Attendees will get an overview of the diversity of the craft distilling market, and learn what’s important to know about distillers in this emerging industry. Studies show that “authentic” and “local” are driving sales among a younger cohort, a group also hooked by a compelling narrative. But savvy consumers are demanding truth, not just a good marketing story. The panel will include craft distillers representing both small and large producers who will help bartenders and consumer navigate thorny terrain.

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Wayne Curtis

writer, Freelance
Wayne Curtis is the author of “And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails” (2006), a look at the long and ignoble history of America’s most reviled spirit. He’s also a contributing editor at The Atlantic magazine, where he wrote the “Drinks” column... Read More →

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Scott Blackwell

Founder/Distiller, High Wire Distilling Co.
A “serial entrepreneur” since the age of 10, Scott Blackwell has built his success one innovative culinary venture at a time. From pie maker, restaurateur, and coffee roaster to, most recently, commercial baker, Scott is passionate about blending culinary creativity with high... Read More →
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Maggie Campbell

Head Distiller - Vice President, Privateer Rum
Maggie is Head Distiller - Vice President at Privateer Rum and currently a Masters of Wine student. She was the founder of the Denver Brewer’s League, serves on the Board of Directors of the American Craft Spirit Association and co-chairs their Education Committee. She also serves... Read More →

christian krogstad

Founder and Master Distiller, Aviation American Gin
As founder and master distiller of independently owned and operated House Spirits Distillery, Christian Krogstad is one of the visionaries behind America’s craft distilling resurgence. Krogstad established House Spirits Distillery in 2004, bringing together his experience as a... Read More →
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Brian Prewitt

Master Distiller, A. Smith Bowman Distillery
Brian’s interest in the beverage industry was peaked when he landed a job at a brewery while attending Colorado State University obtaining his bachelor’s degree in food science.  Upon graduation, Prewitt further honed his interest for brewing and distilling by completing the... Read More →

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A. Smith Bowman

As a small and privately owned company, A. Smith Bowman Distillery continues the time-honored traditions on which it was founded. Considered a micro-distillery by today's standards, A. Smith Bowman produces an assortment of hand-crafted spirits distilled from only the finest natural... Read More →
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High Wire Distilling Co.

Founded by husband and wife team, Scott Blackwell and Ann Marshall, High Wire is dedicated to making premium, handcrafted, artisan spirits. Their philosophy is simple: seek the finest ingredients available and develop recipes using a creative, culinary approach. All of their spirits... Read More →
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House Spirits Distillery

Founded in 2004 by Christian Krogstad, House Spirits Distillery is a leader of America’s craft distilling resurgence and the anchor of Portland, Oregon’s famed Distillery Row.  The company’s award-winning products include Aviation American Gin, Westward Oregon Straight Malt... Read More →
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Perfect Purée of Napa Valley

Since 1988, The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley has indulged the culinary passions of chefs, mixologists and food enthusiasts with products that provide ultimate fresh fruit flavor without the peeling, dicing and simmering required for making purées from scratch.The company offers... Read More →
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Privateer Rum

We handcraft our rum from cane to bottle with a commitment to quality and transparency. Founded in 2011 in Ipswich Massachusetts by Andrew Cabot, a direct descendant of a Privateer and rum distiller from the days of the American Revolution. Our rums are unsweetened, unfiltered, and... Read More →

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