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Friday, July 22 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
The Cocktail Crystal Ball: Drinking in 2116

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The origins of the cocktail date back centuries—but what does the future hold? Will the cocktail bar of 2116 be more Jetsons or Soylent Green, or will it largely resemble the bar of today? This session will look at the future trajectory of the cocktail, with an eye to what drinks may genuinely look like a century from now. How will technological advances in distillation, culinary science and the bar itself influence the future cocktail? How will shifts in demographics, the tumult of global politics, and a booming population affect the cocktail bar? And how will the effects of climate change play out across the drinks world, from the agricultural inputs and aging process of spirits, to the availability and adaptability of fresh fruit and other ingredients in a hotter world? Join this panel of experts for a look into cocktail’s crystal ball, as we go back (bar) to the future for a drink in 2116.

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Paul Clarke

Executive Editor, Imbibe
Paul Clarke is the executive editor of Imbibe magazine and the author of The Cocktail Chronicles (Spring House Press). A journalist who has specialized in spirits, cocktails and the culture of drink for nearly a decade, he has written for the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Serious Eats, Tasting Table and many other publications and websites, and is a member of the editorial board for the Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails, to... Read More →

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Dave Arnold

Dave Arnold grew up in the New York area and graduated from Yale University with a degree in philosophy. He began tinkering with restaurant equipment after earning his MFA from Columbia University’s art school. Initially he customized equipment for use in his art projects, but after meeting Chef Wylie Dufresne in 2004 Arnold became passionate about the high-tech cooking movement and focused his engineering and inventing skills on... Read More →
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Jennifer Colliau

Owner, Small Hand Foods
Jennifer Colliau is known as a true craftswoman, recognized for her extensive historical knowledge and precise, scientific approach to cocktail creation. Educated as a woodworker with a BFA in Wood/Furniture from California College of the Arts, Colliau has attracted acclaim by bringing the same exacting attention, workmanship, and skill to San Francisco's best bars for over a decade, including Hard Water and The Slanted Door. She is the... Read More →
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Alexander Rose

Executive Director, The Long Now Foundation
Alexander was hired in 01997 to build the 10,000 Year Clock with computer scientist Danny Hillis. Alexander speaks about the work of The Long Now Foundation all over the world at events ranging from the TED conference to NASA. He was an artist in residence at Silicon Graphics Inc., and a founding partner of the robotics company Inertia Labs.As the director of Long Now, Alexander has facilitated projects such as the 10,000 Year Clock, The... Read More →
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Dave Smith

Head Distiller & President of Vices, St. George Spirits
After stints as a teacher and in winemaking, Dave Smith joined St. George Spirits in 2005 upon realizing that he was spending a healthy portion of his salary on alcohol. | | Over the last 11 years, Dave has become an accomplished distiller with experience across St. George’s entire portfolio of spirits. “Soft-spoken yet sharply articulate and philosophical,” (Drink Me) he is widely admired in the distilling community and... Read More →

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