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Thursday, July 21 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Tasting Room and Bruto Americano Launch Party presented by St. George Spirits

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With its 34-year history of creating one-of-a-kind spirits, California’s St. George Spirits is respected as an American craft spirits pioneer and regarded as one of the most innovative distilleries in the country. At St. George’s Tales tasting room, you’ll be able to explore a range of the distillery’s spirits both neat and in cocktails—and be among the first to try St. George’s latest release: Bruto Americano, the distillery’s brand-new bitter aperitivo liqueur.

On hand for Q&A and fine company: Head Distiller/President of Vices Dave Smith, Director of Hospitality and Education Andie Ferman, and a hard-working, fast-slinging crew of bartenders from all over the United States. Join us!



  • Ryan Williams of Merchant and Lucille, Madison, WI: Using our St. George Absinthe Verte

  • Chris Hannah of French 75 Bar, New Orleans, La: Using our St. George Botanivore Gin and Bruto Americano

  • TJ Palmieri of Madrina's, Jacksonville, FL: Using our St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur

  • Tyler Hudgens of The Dabney, Washington, DC: Using our St. George Green Chile Vodka

  • Casey Wallin, Young's Markert AZ Mixologist, Phoenix, AZ: Using our Nola Coffee Liqueur

  • Daniel Sabo of Ace Hotel, Los Angeles, CA: Using our California Citrus Vodka and Bruto Americano

  • Kellie Thorn of Empire State South, Atlanta, GA: Using our St. George Dry Rye Gin & Bruto Americano

  • Natasha Leila Bahrami of The Gin Room, St. Louis, MO: Using our St. George Terroir Gin

  • Lucinda Sterling of Middle Branch and Seaborne, NYC, NY: Using our St. George Raspberry Brandy and Bruto Americano

  • Marissa Huth of Bordel, Chicago, IL: Using our Raspberry Liqueur


Personalities
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Andie Ferman

Brand Ambassador, St. George Spirits
Since joining St. George Spirits in 2006, Andie Ferman has been an instrumental part of the distillery's operations—overseeing the tasting room and educational tours, leading spirits seminars, and representing St. George at tasting events across the country as the distillery's national brand ambassador. A hospitality industry veteran with a vision for creating memorable experiences, Andie is as beloved for her charisma and vibrant... Read More →
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Casey Wallin

Mixologist, Youngs Market Company
My Name is Casey Wallin and I’m the Mixologist for Young’s Market Company in Arizona. After spending 10 years in the fashion industry as a global makeup artist for MAC cosmetics, I was ready for a change. I knew that I needed to be doing something that was highly creative and art driven but wasn’t sure what that was just yet. I got a job bartending to pay for and allow the schedule flexibility to support my traveling habit. Little did I... Read More →
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Chris Hannah

Bartender, French 75 Bar
Chris Hannah began his stint behind the bar in the late 90’s at Duck News Cafe. The demographics of his clientele ranged from the ages of 40 to 60, and their drinking habits were an emulation of how their parents enjoyed drinks during the cocktail’s hey-day. Hannah’s first experiences mixing drinks were with the classic cocktails such as Stingers, Manhattans and Gin Martini’s. It’s when he moved to New Orleans and the French 75 Bar in... Read More →
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Dan Sabo

Director of Beverage & Bars, Ace Hotel
Over the past nine years, Dan Sabo helped develop and run the beverage programs at some of New York’s top restaurants. He fostered the opening programs at Five Leaves, Nights and Weekends, Whitehall Bar +Kitchen, Rye, Artisanal, and Kampuchea, before adding his talents to the lineup at ISA, which was nominated for James Beard Best New Restaurant award in 2012. In late 2013, Sabo relocated to Los Angeles, CA, to serve as opening Director of... 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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Kellie Thorn

Bar Manager/Beverage Director, Empire State South/Hugh Acheson
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Lucinda Sterling

Owner/Bartender, MIddle Branch
Lucinda Sterling began her journey into bartending by packing up her SUV in Denver and embarking on a cross-country road trip to the East Coast. A New York City pit stop became a permanent residence, and more than ten years later, Lucinda still calls Manhattan home. | | With no bartending experience at all, Lucinda found a road into the industry by becoming a regular at New York’s famed Milk & Honey cocktail bar in 2005, where she was... Read More →
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Natasha Bahrami

Owner, The Gin Room
Known as The Gin Girl, we've created a platform for the exchange and expansion of knowledge regarding the world of gin, its ever growing spectrum and the people and places around the world that covet the spirit.
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Ryan Williams

Cocktologist
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TJ Palmieri

Bartender, Madrina\'s
TJ has stood behind every different kind of bar imaginable before finding his way into the cocktail world nearly a decade ago. He was the bar manager for Dragonfly Restaurants before moving on to helm the award winning 2nd Street Speakeasy and is now hard at work opening Madrina's, a Cuban-American concept.
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Tyler Hudgens

Bar Director, The Dabney
Tyler Hudgens, a former Navy brat who now calls Washington, DC home, is the Bar Director at The Dabney.  Her bar program embraces southern hospitality and reflects Chef Jeremiah Langhorne’s Mid-Atlantic inspired concept: showcasing classically inspired cocktails with local and seasonal ingredients. Since opening in the Fall of 2015, The Dabney’s unique approach has received praise from both the James Beard Foundation and Food... Read More →

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