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Friday, July 22 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Carbon, the Building Block of Spirits and Cocktails

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From charred barrels to tiny bubbles, learn how carbon not only purifies spirits, but how it also contributes to flavor. Join Golden Spirit Award winner Ian McLaren, Beverage Scientist Ned Popovic and cocktail innovator and Bacardi Ambassador Juan Coronado to take this journey through an Organic Chemistry lesson incorporating the principles of Carbonation, how Carbon plays an important part in the spirit production process, and how atomic number 6 can be incorporated into cocktails.

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Ian McLaren

Director Trade Advocacy & Training, Bacardi USA
A proud Scotsman, Ian started his career in the alcohol business straight from school working for an independent wine merchant in his home town of Edinburgh. From here his formative years in the On Premise were spent in the late night scene working in more sticky floored nightclubs than he’d care to admit in some of the less desirable cities in the North of England. | From there it was onwards and upwards back to his home town where he was... Read More →

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Juan Coronado

Founder, The Pour Group
With 20+ years in the food and wine industry, Juan Coronado has established his name as an award-winning mixologist and entrepreneur, which began in Champagne as a Sommelier for the prestigious Bubble Lounge NY/SF. Along with his impeccable knowledge of wine, he also served as an educator teaching Champagne 101 classes for the NY Times. By this time, the spirit industry had captivated Juan and he branched out his expertise to Sake and Tequila... Read More →
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Ned Popovic

R&D Beverage Scientist, Bacardi Martini Product Development
Ned is a Mad Scientist with strong passion and technical savvy in everything beverage science, processing, innovation, technology and advocacy are just a few of the fields he excels at while working at Bacardi-Martini Product Development. Often confused as the "Russian", he is actually a very loud and funny Serbian who loves challenging tasks and is eager to jump on developing something new from scratch, build a distillation still from pots... Read More →

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Bacardi USA


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