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
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
The magazine for craft distillers and their fans.