Before the Awards Gala, the Maryland Distillers Guild hosted a tasting of Craft Spirits.
spirits community. “I am hoping we can start a conversation about what the long range looks like and work together on it,” she said. Hoskin also talked about how diversity in hiring practices at Montanya Distillers had affected her community. She addressed her efforts to reduce waste at her business not only in the speech but also in a breakout session entitled “10 Ways I Freed my Distillery from Environmental Irresponsibility.” With breakout sessions like hers and “New Directions in Distilling Technology” by Dr. Kris Berglund, “Federal Fair Trade Law Overview” by David Bateman, “Ethyl Carbamate: a Technical Review” by Liz Rhoades, and “High Proof Tax Incentives for the Craft Distiller” by Aaron Coffeen, ADI boosted the diversity of knowledge available to distillers at the most advanced levels while creating a welcoming home for first-time attendees and the suppliers whose booths filled the expanded vendor expo. For the second year in a row, ADI hosted the Women in Distilling Networking Luncheon. “The luncheon was our largest gathering to date, with over 120 women present. It was inspiring to be in a room filled with so many women in distilling!” said LOAD co-founder Samantha Katz. “I can't thank ADI enough for giving women in the industry the opportunity to gather, share and engage. Cheers!” This year’s excitement and energy was palpable, and ADI is looking forward to an even larger and more exciting event in Portland, Oregon next year (March 26– 31, 2018).
The Australian Distillers Association traveled from the far side of the world to give a “panel discussion” on Monday night and brought a lot of bottles that needed discussing.
JUDGING AWARDS ADI also announced the awards from the 11th Annual Judging of Craft Spirits. With 805 spirits entered, ADI recognized nine Double Gold, 47 Gold, 208 Silver and 298 Bronze Medals. The awards were handed out Tuesday night of the ADI Conference and a complete list of winners can be found at:
APPLE BRANDY WORKSHOP ANNOUNCED Following the success of last year’s Hands-on Apple Brandy Distilling Workshop with Hubert Germain-Robin at Tuthilltown Spirits in Gardiner, New York, ADI announced it will hold another similar class this year, October 15–20. This weeklong advanced class offers a rare opportunity to study with master distiller and master blender Hubert Germain-Robin, an international consultant, creator of world-renowned Germain-Robin brandies and author of “Traditional Distillation: Art & Passion” and "The Maturation of Distilled Spirits: Vision & Patience." The workshop will combine traditional techniques of European-style brandies with four decades of experience in working with New World fruit to create new and interesting flavor profiles. The workshop addresses the conditions a craft distiller must be mindful of throughout distillation and maturation. For more information, go to:
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