Oct
7
9:00am 9:00am

Opening Session: Opportunities & Challenges for Craft Spirits Producers

Welcome and Introductions

Opening Presentation: Opportunities & Challenges for Craft Spirits Producers—Regional, National and International Marketplace Trends

  • Eric Reller, Distilled Spirits Council

Exclusive Pre-Release Preview Footage from The Whiskey Film, a full-length documentary about the American craft distilling industry

  • Thomas Kolicko, Director and Executive Producer of The Whiskey Film and of Crafting a Nation, a documentary film about the U.S. craft brewing industry.
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Oct
7
11:00am11:00am

Management Challenges and Guidelines for New Facility Construction & Expansion

Following introductory remarks, the panelists will engage session attendees in a discussion of critical decision points, process pitfalls--and best practices--in new construction and expansion specifically for distilled spirits production facilities.

  • Jason Hevelone, , CopperMuse Distillery
  • Scott Moore, NCARB Certified Architect, Dalkita Construction
  • Dominick Sekich, Attorney, Moye White
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Oct
7
12:00pm12:00pm

Lunch On Site

Sponsored by BSG Distilling, committed to supplying the growing craft distilling community with the best ingredients from around the world.

  • Complimentary catered buffet lunch for registrants
  • Meet exhibitors at their booths
  • Network with fellow attendees
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Oct
7
1:00pm 1:00pm

Science and Innovations in Spirits Production and Aging

The panelists will present scientific analysis and technical tools in production of distilled spirits and then engage the audience in Q&A discussions.

Barrel Science and New Approaches to Product Aging

  • Joe Elkins, Owner and Head Distiller, Elkins Distillery

Chemical Analysis, Process Interpretation and Graphical Profiles for Distilled Spirits--Their Uses for Craft Spirits Producers

  • Karolien Denef, Director of Business Development Scientist, Discover64, and
  • Chris Rithner, Director/Senior Research Scientist, Central Instrumentation Facility, Colorado State University
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Oct
7
1:00pm 1:00pm

Financing Business Growth and Operations

The panel will discuss do’s and don’ts for obtaining financing for distilleries in Colorado, including best practices in preparing presentations to potential lenders and investors, lending and investment sources in Colorado, and examples from the “real world” of financing options typically available in the industry.  Roundtable Q&A will follow.

  • Sean Smiley (Moderator), Owner and Head Distiller, State 38 Distilling
  • Andrew Martin, Vice President, Commercial Banking, Vectra Bank Colorado
  • Trish Rogers, Chair, Business Section, Moye White
  • Margaret Havran, Loan Officer, Colorado Lending Source
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Oct
7
2:00pm 2:00pm

Closing Session: Marketing and the Brand Ambassador

This session addresses the ground game for your company's distribution strategy (see morning Distribution session).  Panelists will highlight challenges and some favored practices for your work with independent liquor stores, bars, restaurants, and distribution companies.  How to promote your business status in the community and support your tasting room will be explored.  Social media and other marketing tools also will be discussed in relation to the product ambassador.  Round-table participation will be stressed.

  • Billie Keithley, Liquid Chef, Breckenridge Distillery
  • Sebastien Gavillet, Chief Operating Officer, Wine Aromas, Inc., and The International Whisky Competition.
  • (Additional panelists to be announced.)
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Oct
7
3:00pm 3:00pm

Post-Conference Special Programs

Current Federal and State Legislative and Regulatory Issues for the Distilled Spirits Industry—Policies and Strategies for Craft Spirits Producers in the Western Region

  • Sponsored by the Distilled Spirits Council, the national trade association representing the leading producers and marketers of distilled spirits in the United States.

  • Held in cooperation with the Colorado and New Mexico Distilled Spirits Guilds

Flash Consultations with Moye White

  • Complimentary, one-on-one meetings (reserved directly with Moye White) to continue the discussions with individual companies from the New Facility Construction and Expansion and the Financing Business Growth and Expansion sessions.

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Oct
7
4:00pm 4:00pm

Tasting Festival

  • More than 40 distilled spirits tasting booths

    • Whiskeys: bourbon, scotch-style, rye, new make

    • Vodka, gin, and agavé spirits

    • Rum

  • Crystal glencairn tasting glass

  • On stage: The Heartstring Hunters

  • Snack buffet from Jubilations Catering

  • Wine provided by Snowy Peaks Winery

  • Tote bags and vendor handouts

  • $50/person; $90/pair

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