Learning Experiences
Aug
24
10:00 AM10:00

Learning Experiences

10:00-11:15 AM

  • The Aperitif Revolution
  • Ultimate Hustle: Life as a CEO, Brand Ambassador and Freelance Beverage Consultant
  • Flavored Ice and Ice Techniques
  • Restaurant Wine Programs: A Business within a Business
  • Rediscovering American Whiskey: History, Myth, and Possibility

11:00 AM-1:00 PM: Artisan Product Marketplace

Time to shop! Fill your suitcase with some of the industry's best beverage related products, including books by several of the BevCon presenters.

12:15-1:15 PM

  • Whole Cluster Fermentation and expression of terroir in Santa Barbara County
  • Drinking is an Agricultural Act
  • The Great Critic Debate
  • Drink City: Stories Behind the Potent Drinks and Powerful Drinkers in Washington
  • Creating Signature Aperitivi, Degestivi and Amari for your business
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Tasting Session: Hair of the Dog
Aug
24
9:00 AM09:00

Tasting Session: Hair of the Dog

Wake up, wake up. Yes, you might be a little slow but you don't want to miss the final day. So grab a bloody mary and breakfast cocktail and get ready for a day packed with some of the best sessions of the conference. Breakfast will also be served by WildFlour Pastry. 

  • Charleston Beverage Co.:
  • Cannonborough Beverage Co.
  • Cathead Distillery
  • Food for the Southern Soul
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Grand Celebration: Party at the Windjammer
Aug
23
8:30 PM20:30

Grand Celebration: Party at the Windjammer

Get on the bus, we are going to the beach. BevCon™ Charleston is in for a party like no other as we take over a lowcountry institution--The Windjammer at the Isle of Palms. The dive beach bar overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and some of the city's seafood centric chefs will be serving up some grub. Think Lowcountry Boil by Chef Vandy Vanderwalker of The Ordinary, fish sandwiches by Chef Chris Stewart of The Glass Onion, seafood arancini by Nick Francis of Trattoria Lucca & Coda Del Pesce, seafood roll by Chef Jacques Larson of The Obstinate Daughter and Wild Olive and BBQ by Chef Rob McDaniel of SpringHouse Restaurant in Alabama and pitmasters Aaron Siegel and Taylor Garrigan of Home Team BBQ. Desserts will be by Cirsea. Ice Cream. To drink will be tiki inspired cocktails by Nick Detrich of Cane & Table, Miles Macquarrie of The Kimball House, Lane Becker of The Ordinary, Joy Richard of Mash Bar, and Jayce McConnell of Edmund's Oast and beer and wine of various kinds. The Midnight City will be rocking the night away for this party at the beach. Beverage partners include Plantation Rum, ToPo Distillery, Bulrush Distillery, NC Brewer's Association, Saison Dupont, Weihenstephan Hefe, Oskar Blues, Banshee Wines/Valkyrie Selections, Batasiolo Barbera d'Alba, Brewers Association & Craftbeer.com and JP Bourgeois.

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Tasting Session: Spring and Summer
Aug
23
5:30 PM17:30

Tasting Session: Spring and Summer

Snacks by Food for the Southern Soul and Park Cafe

SPIRITS

  • Amaro Montenegro 
  • Boomsma Distillery
  • Bulrush Gin
  • Caledonia Spirits
  • Case Noble Tequila 
  • High Wire Distilling
  • Hilton Head Distilling
  • House Spirits
  • Maison Ferrand
  • Proof Old Fashion Cocktail Syrups (spirits Virgil Kane)
  • Rational Spirits Distillery and Lost Spirits
  • Tokiwa Imports
  • TOPO Organic Distillery
  • Woody Creek Distillers

WINE

  • Banshee Wines and Valkyrie Selections
  • Bonny Doon Vineyard
  • Broadbent Selections
  • Domaine de la Cote, Sandhi and Evening Land
  • European Cellars
  • JP Bourgeois
  • Presquile Wines and Lieu Dit & Mason Pacific
  • Virginia Wine
  • Winesellers, Ltd.

BEER

  • Coast Brewery
  • Fullsteam Brewery
  • Oskar Blues
  • Quest Brewery
  • Rafa Distributing: 12% Imports, Shelton Brothers, Sixpoint, Dark Horse, Moonlight Meadery, and Revelry Brewing
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Learning Experiences
Aug
23
10:00 AM10:00

Learning Experiences

10:00-11:15 AM

  • Substance and Style Meet (at a bar)
  • Glassware Selection: It’s Not Just What's on the Inside the Counts
  • The Vulnerable Bartender: Finding Authenticity Behind the Bar
  • How to Break Into the Market: From Creation to Distribution to Sales
  • Eclectic Varieties for California

11:45-12:45 PM

  • Mastering the Menu
  • The Art of Service
  • So, You Want to Write a Book About Booze?: Navigating the Publishing Process, from Concept to Publication and Beyond
  • The Retail Experience
  • A journey through the intricate world of Rum

12:30 AM-2:30 PM: Artisan Product Marketplace

Time to shop! Fill your suitcase with some of the industry's best beverage related products, including books by several of the BevCon presenters.

12:45-1:45 PM: Lunch by Verde and Rebel Taqueria

1:45-2:45 PM

  • Ditching the Bags: Why Upgraded Tea Service Can Make for Better Restaurants
  • The Case for Cans: A Case Study in Craft Beer
  • Havana Heritage – Then & Now
  • Creating Beverage Programs for Restaurant Groups
  • Cider House Rules: A Comprehensive Tasting of World Cider Styles

2:45-3:15 PM: Snack Time by Craftsman Kitchen & Tap House

3:15-4:15 PM

  • Top 10 Mistakes Beverage Companies Make
  • Can’t We All Get Along: How to Build Professional Relationships with the Media
  • Still Life: A short history of artisan distillation in the US
  • The Modern Cooper
  • Its a revolution! - comparing the similarities of the revolutionary wines coming out of California, France, South Africa, Australia etc
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Special Off-Site Book Signing
Aug
22
7:30 PM19:30

Special Off-Site Book Signing

Free and Open to Public

  • Various authors signing books
  • Beverages: Aaron Hoskins and Sarah Simmons from Birds & Bubbles serve “Dawg Gonets” from featured book—The Coupe and Cannon Green bartender Olin Cramer serves cocktails featuring Striped Pig Distillery
  • Food by Bohemian Bull Tavern & Beer Garden
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Tasting Session: Fall and Winter
Aug
22
5:30 PM17:30

Tasting Session: Fall and Winter

Snacks by HoM and Brewers Association and Craftbeer.com

SPIRITS

  • The Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Company
  • Cathead Distillery
  • Chattanooga Whiskey Co.
  • Durham Distillery
  • Four Roses Bourbon
  • High Wire Distilling
  • Hudson Whiskey
  • Maison Ferrand
  • Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery
  • St George Spirits
  • Vicario Spirits and Wine
  • Virgil Kaine
  • Woody Creek Distillers

WINE

  • Banshee Wines and Valkyrie Selections
  • Broadbent Selections
  • European Cellars
  • Foggy Ridge Cider
  • Folio Fine Wine Partners
  • Frederick Corriher Wines
  • Gotham Project
  • JP Bourgeois
  • MAAL Wines
  • Presquile Wines and Lieu Dit & Mason Pacific
  • Virginia Wine

BEER

  • Blackberry Farm Brewery
  • North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild
  • Rafa Distributing: 12% Imports, Shelton Brothers, Sixpoint, Dark Horse, Moonlight Meadery, and Revelry Brewing
  • Service Brewing Company
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Learning Experiences
Aug
22
10:00 AM10:00

Learning Experiences

Get inspired as you have the chance to listen and learn from some of the country's industry experts on a variety of topics. On the docket:

10:00-11:00AM:  Opening Session: The confusing world of “Craft”: What does using the word “craft" really mean these days?  

11:30AM-12:30PM

  • Cream, sugar or quality? A thorough talk on Coffee Programs
  • Techniques: Ice + Air
  • Somm: Past, Present and Future
  • Getting Ink
  • Demystifying Amaro: The Spirited World of Bittersweet, Herbal Liqueurs

12:30-1:30 PM: Lunch in the Hall: by EVO

1:30-2:30PM

  • The Making of Birds & Bubbles: A Chef/Owner's Account of Beverage Program Development
  • Building a Winery, Brewery and Distillery in Today's Market
  • Beer Collaborations
  • Artisanal Mezcal
  • Sazerac to Seelbach: Iconic Cocktails of the South

2:30-3:00PM: Snack Time by The Granary

3:00-4:00PM

  • The Kingdom and The Power and The Glory: anaerobic yeast fermentation and its impact on beverage flavor
  • Wine Hospitality
  • Building a Beverage Brand from Behind the Bar
  • Craft Brewing In America – History &  Trends
  • How Far Can You Twist a Classic Cocktail
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Welcome to BevCon™ Charleston
Aug
21
5:30 PM17:30

Welcome to BevCon™ Charleston

Join some of Charleston most talented chefs as they grill out and serve up some incredible dishes for attendees to enjoy. Chefs Jason Stanhope of FIG Restaurant, Kevin Johnson of The Grocery, Reid Henninger of Edmund's Oast, Robert Stehling of Hominy Grill, Travis Grimes of Husk, and Kelly Wilson of Vanilla Bean Pastry Company will take over High Wire Distilling Co. welcoming BevCon attendees for this opening party. Joining them, will be some of the city's best bartenders serving cocktails, along with cold beer and wines. Beverage partners include High Wire Distilling Co., St. George Spirits, Westbrook Brewing, Coast Brewing Co., Evil Twin Mission Gos, Quest Brewing Company, Foggy Ridge Cider, Bonny Doon Vineyard Vin Gris, and Tohu Pinot Noi . Entertainment by The Bluestone Ramblers.

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