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SAN ANTONIO

COCKTAIL

CONFERENCE WRITTEN BY JEANNE RUNKLE

WHAT IS IT?

PHOTOS BY JASON RISNER

Along with the cocktails, there is a huge culinary component to this event. In recent years, craft beer pairing dinners have

The San Antonio Cocktail Conference (SACC) was founded in

become very popular, with craft spirits just beginning to follow

2012 as a Houston Street Charities event. Mark Bohanan, owner

suit and venture into this area. Showing how your spirit pairs

of Bohanan’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, wanted a way to give

with a variety of epicurean delights can provide an excellent

back to his local community. In its fourth year, SACC has grown

opportunity to extend your brand beyond the bar, and into the

into what Fodor’s Travel Guides has named “one of the best

dining room.

cocktail festivals in America.”

WHAT’S UNIQUE ABOUT IT?

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU AS A CRAFT DISTILLER?

Houston Street Charities donates 100% of all money raised

The conference isn’t just about connecting with consumers:

during the conference to children’s charities. SACC benefits

industry heavyweights are in attendance as well. Sasha

four charities: The Children’s Shelter, ChildSafe, HeartGift San

Petraske, proprietor of Milk & Honey in NYC, gave a seminar

Antonio and Transplants for Children. Plus, food is also donated

on the relationship of temperature, sugar and ABV in cocktails.

to the local food pantry. In the past four years, over $350k was

Alba Huerta, general manager of Anvil Bar & Refuge and one

donated to local children’s charities.

of Imbibe Magazine’s Bartenders of the Year, led a seminar on

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Artisan Spirit: Spring 2015  

The magazine for craft distillers and their fans.

Artisan Spirit: Spring 2015  

The magazine for craft distillers and their fans.