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Saturday, July 23 • 10:00am - 11:30am
Talk With a Pro: Distiller's Edition #1

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Distillation: Art? Science? Both? For this installment of the interview series which unites leading figures in our industry for candid, informative discussions, it's time to turn our focus to Distillers. John Georges, Master Distiller, Angostura Rums; Christian Krogstad, Founder and Distiller, House Spirits; Dave Pickerell, Master Distiller, Hillrock Distillery. Three different stories, three different approaches. We'll learn about the paths these Gentlemen have taken to get to where they are today, their backgrounds, their philosophies. Did they choose these particular spirits or did the spirits choose them? We'll hear what it's like to work for multiple brands, to be a hired gun - is there any room for your own creativity? What about being the main man for an iconic house in a category with very few restrictions - any pressure to maintain tradition? And when you start your own "craft" distillery and can do whatever you want - do you do just that? And what kind of training do you need anyway? We'll go beyond the tales and talk technique too. We'll learn how methods differ when making gin, rum, whiskey... We'll examine the stills, find out which type works better for which spirit, and why. Naturally, we'll have the opportunity to do some tasting as well. So whether you're an aspiring Distiller, a Bartender, an industry professional, or an enthusiastic imbiber, join us and learn more about how some of your favourite booze is made. Ask questions. You'll not only leave with insights into the paths of these distinctly different Distillers, but also clearer understanding of what distillation is and how it defines each spirit. In other words, you'll learn about the art, the science, and the magic of it all!

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ms. franky marshall

Franky is a New York City hospitality industry veteran. Having worked as a Bartender and in various other front-of-house positions at establishments across the spectrum has given her a great deal of experience to draw on. She was introduced to this rarefied cocktail world when she became part of the opening staff of the highly acclaimed Clover Club. She then went onto work at the historic Monkey Bar, the revamped Holiday Cocktail Lounge, and... Read More →

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John Georges

Master Distiller, Angostura
A native Trinidadian, John was educated at the University of the West Indies where he graduated with a BSc in Chemical Engineering. John joined Angostura in 1982 and has worked in many different roles in the production of fine rum.  In his own words, John has “been in and around the manufacture and ageing of rum for a third of a century”. As much Art as Science, John learned much from his predecessors such as Thomas... Read More →
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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 brewer and winemaker and tapping his passion for outstanding cocktails and food. House Spirits Distillery crafts all of its award-winning products exclusively... Read More →
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Dave Pickerell

Master Distiller Hillrock Estate Distillery, Hillrock Estate Distillery
An industry icon and the previous Master Distiller for Makers Mark, Dave directs Hillrock’s production and operations as Master Distiller. Dave has over 20 years of distillery industry experience and is respected world wide as one of the top Master Distillers and spirits experts in the industry. Dave graduated top in his class in chemical engineering at the University of Kentucky and also holds a BS in Chemistry from West Point. During... Read More →

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Hillrock Estate Distillery

Proud to be one of the few “field-to-glass” whiskey producers in the world, Hillrock Estate Distillery is the first U.S. distillery since before Prohibition to traditionally floor malt and hand craft whiskey on site from estate-grown grain. Hillrock’s whiskeys - Solera Aged Bourbon, Single Malt and Double Cask Rye have received an anthology of top medals and notable scores from top spirits competitions both domestically and internationally... Read More →
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House of Angostura

The House of Angostura®
Capitalizing on its heritage as the world's most well-known maker of aromatic bitters, the House of Angostura® has catapulted into the 21st century with an exquisite range of rums, the magnificent Amaro di Angostura® and of course, ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters and ANGOSTURA® orange bitters, now in demand in more than 170 countries across the world.
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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 Whiskey, Krogstad Aquavit, and Volstead Vodka.

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