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Thursday, July 21 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
The Greatest Brandy Category is…

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You have your favorite grape brandy category—Cognac, Armagnac, Brandy de Jerez, American Brandy—but do you know why it's the best? In this panel, brandy experts will debate the merits of each category election-style moderated by bar owner and ultimate D.C.-insider Derek Brown (Drink Company). Panelists include Brandy Rand (spirits writer and brand consultant) arguing for Cognac, J.P. Fetherston (Columbia Room) arguing for Spanish Brandy, Dan Farber (Osocalis Distillery) arguing for American Brandy, Jackson Cannon (Hawthorne, Eastern Standard, Island Creek Oyster Bar) arguing for Armagnac. It's an election year, the gloves are off!

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Derek Brown

President, Drink Company
Derek Brown is a cocktail and spirits writer, spirits judge and owner of acclaimed bars Mockingbird Hill, Eat the Rich, Southern Efficiency, and the twice James Beard Award-nominated Columbia Room. He’s made drinks at the White House, been featured in the Wall Street Journal, drank with Martha Stewart, was recently named Imbibe Magazine's 2015 Bartender of the Year, and was nominated for a James Beard Award.

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Jackson Cannon

Owner/Bartender, The Hawthorne
Jackson Cannon | Bar Director, Eastern Standard and Island Creek Oyster Bar | Owner/Bartender, The Hawthorne | Jackson Cannon has always lived to exacting standards. Son and brother of renowned award- winning journalists Lou and Carl Cannon, Jackson grew up immersed in a world of travel, politics and literature. In his twenties Jackson dedicated himself to a career in music, traveling the world in support of such dynamic... Read More →
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Dan Farber

Founder/Distiller, Osocalis Distillery
A lover of all spirits, I Founded Osocalis distillery to produce classically styled brandies in the U.S. After three decades, I'm still a student and thus, continue to study distillation and fermentation around the world. An aficionado of fruit and grain based ferments, my real passion is well aged spirits of all categories. Most definitely a member of the Slow Distillation movement.
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JP Fetherston

Head Bartender, Columbia Room
JP Fetherston runs the acclaimed cocktail bar Columbia Room in Washington D.C. in its new location that re-opened in February 2016. JP was named one of the Best New Mixologists of 2016 by Food & Wine magazine. Prior to Columbia Room, JP was a bar manager and bartender at Southern Efficiency in Washington D.C., a whiskey-centric bar widely acclaimed for its cocktails and spirits list. He has also cycled throughout Scotland, visiting 27... Read More →
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Brandy Rand

VP, U.S. Marketing & Business Development, The IWSR
Brandy Rand has over 15 years marketing experience in the beverage alcohol industry with previous roles at Allied Domecq Spirits & Wines and Bacardi USA, among others. She has worked as a consultant for Beam Suntory, Anheuser-Busch and emerging craft brands like Berkshire Mountain Distillers and Glendalough Irish Whiskey. In 2013, she co-founded Thirst Boston. With her knowledge of the industry, consumer insights, and passion for uncovering... Read More →

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Armagnac Delord

In 1893, the itinerant distiller Prosper Delord found the Maison Delord which became Armagnac Delord Frères when his two sons, Gaston et Georges took on the Armagnac. Today, the family tradition carries on with Jacques and Pierre, Prosper's grandson, and the  younger generation, Jérôme and Sylvain. | | Located in Lannepax, in the Bas-Armagnac region, the Delord vineyards, of 42  hectares, comprise the Ugni Blanc... Read More →
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B.N.I.A - Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l'Armagnac

Acknowledged for more than 40 years as the Interprofession, the Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l’Armagnac unites all of the Armagnac producers and traders, ensures the control, the monitoring and the promotion of AOC Armagnac in France and Internationally. | More than just a generic communication, it is the actual values of Armagnac that the Interprofession aspires to convey in all of the operations that it organises around the... Read More →
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Chateau de Laubade

Château de Laubade, built in 1870, is composed of 260 acres of single vineyard, located in Sorbets d’Armagnac in the heart of the noblest area of the appellation: the Bas Armagnac. | The Lesgourgues family has been running the estate since 1974. | | Château de Laubade is one of the very few properties growing the four traditional grape varieties of the appellation: with 47% of Ugni Blanc, 30% of Baco 22A, 15% of Colombard and... Read More →
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Château du Tariquet

A product of creativity and ambition, Château du Tariquet represents the spirit of a family with a shared vision of wine and spirits; unbound by tradition. Located in the region of Gascony in South West France, and run by the Artaud and Grassa families since 1912, Château du Tariquet has a longstanding history of developing the production of Bas-Armagnac AOC and pioneering the production of white and rosé wines from Côtes... Read More →
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Copper & Kings American Brandy Company

Copper & Kings is an American Brandy company. Distillation Exclusive. Exclusively Brandy. Exclusively Copper Pot-Distilled. Our ambition is to make beautiful apple and grape brandies in a uniquely non-traditional, modern American idiom.
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Pierre Ferrand Cognac

In the heart of the famous “Golden Triangle” in Grande Champagne lies the production of one of the world’s most venerated Cognacs, Pierre Ferrand Cognac. Not only is this Cognac considered the “Premier Cru de Cognac” but the house of Cognac Ferrand is lauded as a Grande Champagne specialist and is one of only a handful of Cognac houses that specializes in old Cognacs from Grande Champagne that are not blended with lesser area Cognacs... Read More →

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