Oct
7
7:00 PM19:00

Specials & Receptions After the Tasting Festival

Special Discount at The Barrel

The Barrel, the original container craft beer garden in Estes Park, with sixty-four taps featuring craft beer, cider, mead, wine, plus one of the best Whiskey lists in Town.  Bring your Whiskey Summit ticket to receive a $1 off your first pint.

Hunter's Chop House

Enjoy select whiskeys with wild game house specialties for a customfood-pairings dinner at Hunter's Chop House, prepared specifically for the Whiskey Summit.  Discounted combo pricing.

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Oct
7
4:00 PM16:00

Tasting Festival

  • 150+ products from more than 40 brands of distilled spirits

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

    • Vodka, gin, and agavé spirits

    • Rum

  • Crystal glencairn souvenir 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 at the gate.  Discounts with advance ticket purchases

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Oct
7
4:00 PM16:00

VIP Tasting Experience

Educate your palate, learn, have fun!  But tickets limited -- Get them early

  • Fine whiskeys and exclusive new releases (see details), plus special VIP-only selections from Stranahan's, High West, and Nelson's Greenbriar Distillery.  

  • Premium hors d'oeuvres and custom gifts.

  • Private VIP lounges with custom leather lodge seating, provided by Estes Park Sticks n Stones furniture.

  • Meet with Tom Kolicko, director of The Whiskey Film, and view exclusive pre-release footage from this forthcoming documentary of the craft distilling industry, including featured Colorado companies.  Tom also directed and produced Crafting a Nation, a feature-length documentary about the American craft brewing industry, now on Netflix.

  • Presentations, tastings and discussions with spirits experts and brand ambassadors.

  • VIPs also have admission to all Tasting Festival events.

  • $100/person at the gate. Discounts with advance purchase.

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Oct
7
3:00 PM15:00

Post-Conference Special Programs

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.

Complimentary Nosing Service Consultations with Master Chef Victor Matthews

  • Private sessions with craft spirits producers for aroma and taste analysis of their distilled spirit.  Chef Matthews will provide notes on aromatic and taste components and will recommend food pairings and compatible cocktail ingredients.  Please schedule your analysis in advance.

Kombucha Reception sponsored by Squarrel Square Barrels

  • Enjoy oak barrel aged Kombucha and unwind a bit from the conference as you gear up for the Tasting Festival.  Squarrel Square Barrels will then see you off with a gift bag stuffed with hangover cures!
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Oct
7
2:00 PM14:00

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.

  • Sébastien Gavillet, Chief Operating Officer, Le Nez du Whisky; Co-Founder and Head of Spirit Creation, NOCO Distillery.
  • Billie Keithley, Liquid Chef, Breckenridge Distillery
  • McShan Walker, Marketing and Brand Ambassador, Elkins Distillery
  • Buz Dabkowski, Colorado Market Manager, Blue Ridge Spirits
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Oct
7
1:00 PM13:00

Science and Innovations in Spirits Production and Aging

The speakers 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
      Joe will review barrel science and new approaches to product aging.
  • New Tools and Current Challenges for Craft Distillers

    • Gary Spedding, Managing Owner, Biochemist and Analytical Chemist and Sensory Specialist, Brewing and Distilling Analytical Services
      Gary will discuss current technology and management of key issues for craft distillers regarding alcohol content, proofing and measurements; haze and precipitates; and sensory qualities and judging. 

  • Chemical Analysis, Process Interpretation and Graphical Profiles for Distilled Spirits--Their Uses for Craft Spirits Producers
    • Chris Rithner, Director/Senior Research Scientist, Central Instrumentation Facility, Colorado State University
    • Sébastien Gavillet, Chief Operating Officer, Le Nez du Whisky; Co-Founder and Head of Spirit Creation, NOCO Distillery.
      Chris will summarize their joint enterprise for analyzing--and graphically interpreting–the chemical profiles of individual distilled spirits and the uses of comprehensive chemical profiles for craft spirits producers.
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Oct
7
1:00 PM13:00

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
  • Tim Swanson, Partner, Moye White
  • Margaret Havran, Loan Officer, Colorado Lending Source
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Oct
7
12:00 PM12:00

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
11:00 AM11:00

Management Challenges and Guidelines for New Facility Construction & Expansion

This panel of experienced professionals will layout the step-by-step process of defining the dream, finding funding and everything that needs to happen before your construction/expansion project can even break ground.  Gain insight into who has the authority to regulate your business, how to find them, what their guidelines are, where those come from and how to cope with overlapping or seemingly conflicting regulations for spirits producers. Learn the critical milestones, common pitfalls and best practices. Audience questions will be taken throughout the session.

  • Jason Hevelone, , CopperMuse Distillery
  • Scott Moore, NCARB Certified Architect, Dalkita Construction
  • Dominick Sekich, Attorney, Moye White
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Oct
7
10:00 AM10:00

Product Distribution – A Panel Discussion

After short statements, the panelists will engage attendees in a roundtable Q&A discussion regarding assessment of market opportunities and corresponding distribution alternatives, evaluating your current distribution methods, steps to strengthen current practices, when to change your strategy.·    

o   Moderator: Craig Engelhorn, Head Distiller, Spirit Hound Distillers

o   Panelist: Buz Dabkowski, Colorado Market Manager, Blue Ridge Spirits

o   Panelist: Ken Kodys, Spirit Specialist- Northern Colorado, Republic National Distributing Company

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Oct
7
9:00 AM09:00

Opening Session: Opportunities & Challenges for Craft Spirits Producers

Welcome and Introductions

  • Dominick D. Sekich, Partner, Moye White

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

  • Michele Famiglietti, Senior Vice President, Member Relations, Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S.

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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