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Tuesday, July 19


Welcome to the Bayou presented by Bayou Rum
Who says you need a Caribbean island to make America’s Best Rum? Born in Lacassine, Louisiana, Bayou® Rum is a handcrafted, pot-distilled, highly awarded rum produced in the largest privately-owned rum distillery in the USA.

Kick off your TOTC week and let the good times role with a proper introduction to what Louisiana is all about. Traditional Cajun music, local culinary treats and craft cocktails, all compliments of Bayou Rum.

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Bayou Rum

Bayou Rum is handmade in the largest privately-owned rum distillery in the USA, utilizing traditional methods with state-of-the-art equipment for all four steps: fermentation, distillation, maturation, and bottling. The beautiful facility right down the road in Lacassine, Louisiana... Read More →

Wednesday, July 20


Redemption Rye Rocks the Pool presented by Redemption Rye
Vertical tastings of Rare Cask Strength Whiskies, bartenders from around the United States, Whiskey Cocktails, Live Local Funk Music, and Sazerac "Shots" will ensure this pool party on the roof of the Monteleone Rocks. Redemption is partnering with bartenders that create premium cocktail ingredients to make poolside cocktails at the rooftop pool while local Louisiana Funk Band Rocks the rooftop with Redemption Whiskey. Try Rye!

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Amy Fisher

Bar Manager, Meta
I love to learn and share knowledge about all things involving--and particularly the intersection of--spirits, cocktails, science, and history.
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Christopher Wilkins

National Brand Ambassador, Copper & Kings American Brandy
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Ira Koplowitz

Proprietor, Bittercube
Ira Koplowitz worked for more than two years at the Violet Hour in Chicago where he developed a number of house-made syrups, tonics and bitters and contributed cocktails to more than a year's worth of seasonal cocktail menus. Beyond bartending, Koplowitz has traveled extensively... Read More →
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Joe Riggs

National Brand Ambassador Redemption Whiskies, Deutsch Family Wine and Spirits
A 16 year veteran of the Spirits/Hospitality Industry and Native Kentuckian Joe Riggs has written cocktail programs for concepts ranging from Brewery, Taiwanese, Craft Cocktail, to 4 Diamond Fine Dining Italian concepts. Now the National Brand Ambassador for Redemption Whiskies... Read More →
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Nicholas Kosevich

Proprietor, Bittercube
Bittercube was founded by Nicholas Kosevich and Ira Koplowitz in 2009, and they began developing, formulating, and tweaking the lineup that is now the six varieties of Bittercube Bitters. The first larger batches began maceration in July of 2010, and since then the business has grown... Read More →
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Russ Meredith

Owner, The Beer Syrup Company
Honestly, I love meeting new people and talking about all kinds of things in and outside of our industry. So people should talk to me about anything they want. To sum up the formalities though, I'm an entrepreneur and Bar Manager from Louisville, Kentucky, and I started The Beer... Read More →
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Tyler Ridgeway

Owner/Creator, Tyler's Tonics
I am a 25 year old bartender out of Miami, FL. Though having such a short time of 4 years in the industry, I've always been a person to strive for the best. I founded Tyler's Tonics in 2016 after creating house tonics that sparked interest. My passion for a great G&T have set off... Read More →
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Zach Wilks

Founder, Wilks & Wilson
Zachari Wilks has been a familiar face behind bars for a little over 15 years. He has pioneered the craft cocktail scene in Indianapolis and acted as catalyst to the growing mixology culture now found within the city. Zach’s appreciation for the art of a well-balanced cocktail and... Read More →


Thursday, July 21


Austin Hope's Splish Splash Whiskey Bash by Highspire Whiskey
Join us at the Monteleone rooftop pool and float through the afternoon as whiskey and winemaker Austin Hope hosts one of his exclusive bashes. Take a dip & sip on refreshing Highspire Whiskey cocktails crafted by none other than The Cocktail Guru’s, Jonathan Pogash and Ovide Matte. Or maybe you’d like some whiskey straight? We certainly do. See you there.

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Austin Hope

Founder and Whiskey Maker, Highspire Whiskey
About Austin Hope Austin Hope arrived in Paso Robles in 1978, when his family moved to the small farming town in search of new opportunity. His parents bought land and planted both vineyards and apple orchards. He was just eight years old when the grapes came on line in the 1980s... Read More →
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Jonathan Pogash

President/Owner, The Cocktail Guru
I am a father of 2, a husband to 1, and a mixer of drinks Jonathan Pogash, “The Cocktail Guru,” is an educator and cocktail consultant for restaurants and beverage brands. With offices in New England and NYC, Jonathan's signature cocktails can be seen and enjoyed in many of North... Read More →
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Pamela Wiznitzer

Creative Director, Seamstress
Pamela Wiznitzer has a true passion and zest for the industry that is seen and tasted in every drink she serves and also transcends the bar. Since 2006, Pamela has been working throughout NYC, and most recently as the Creative Director and bartender at Seamstress on the Upper Eastside... Read More →

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Highspire Whiskey

Highspire Whiskey is unlike your traditional whiskey. Swiftly aged in used wine casks to elude overly intense oak flavors, this whiskey showcases the superiority of its grain to make a new class of whiskey. The grain is exclusively farmed for Highspire Whiskey in Crestwood, KY.

Friday, July 22


Angostura Orange Bitters Pool Party presented by House of Angostura
Come celebrate Tales 2016 Angostura Orange Bitters style with a good old fashioned pool party at the Hotel Monteleone.

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Daniyel Jones

Brand Ambassador, House Of Angostura
Daniyel Jones is the Portfolio Brand Ambassador for the House Of Angostura, traveling the world sharing the beauty of Angostura Aromatic Bitters, Rums and Amaro Di Angostura. ​ The 2013 Champion of the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge, he continues to demonstrate his passion... Read More →
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David Delaney Jr.

National Brand Ambassador, House of Angostura
Since being crowned the overall winner of the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge in 2012, David Delaney Jr. has been traveling the country and actively spreading the rich history and versatility of the House of Angostura's portfolio. While many know Delaney as a brand ambassador... Read More →
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Summer-Jane Bell

Co Founder, TrophyCocktail Mobile App
Summer-Jane Bell is President of USBG SF (U.S. Bartenders' Guild San Francisco Chapter) and most recently National Brand Ambassador for The House of Angostura®. She's wild about cocktails, adores craft spirits, and is most interested in the space where education and technology interact... 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... Read More →


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