Aug
19
6:30 PM18:30

Welcome to LA: Homage to Charleston

As we kick-off BevCon® 2018, attendees are welcomed to Los Angeles with a special tribute to where it all began—Charleston! Two of LA’s most talented chefs, who at one time worked in Charleston, will prepare special bites for everyone to enjoy. There will be wine, beer, and cocktails, including the 2018 Official Cocktail Competition Winner featuring The Perfect Puree of Napa Valley. 

Featured Brands:

  • Fonseca – the Siroco Extra Dry White Port
  • Eric Railsback, Lieu Dit Winery

Featured Professionals:

  • Ari Kolender, Hayden
  • Zach Swemle and Marlee Blodgett, La Morra Pizzeria
  • Sarah Simmons and Aaron Hoskins, CITY GRIT Hospitality
  • Eric Railsback, Lieu Dit Winery
  • Sarah O’Kelley, Edmund’s Oast Exchange and Edmund’s Oast
 SARAH SIMMONS CITY GRIT Hospitality

SARAH SIMMONS
CITY GRIT Hospitality

 ERIC RAILSBACK Lieu Dit Winery

ERIC RAILSBACK
Lieu Dit Winery

 SARAH O'KELLEY Edmund's Oast Exchange and Edmund's Oast

SARAH O'KELLEY
Edmund's Oast Exchange and Edmund's Oast

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Aug
19
to Aug 20

Bar Pop-Ups: Downtown

Each night, BevCon attendees can bounce around to some of LA’s hottest bars. At each location, there will be a guest bartender who along with the host bar will collaborate on a special drink menu for the night. The Pop-Ups vary in time and are open to the public.  

  • TBA p.m.: Broken Shaker: Host Bar Manager: Christine Wiseman and Guest Bartender: Nick Detrich, Manolito Nola, New Orleans, LA; Featured Brand: TBA and Drink Nomikai
  • 9:00 p.m. - until: Golden Gopher: Host Bar Manager: Francois Houlard and Guest Bartender: Gary Crunklton, The Crunkleton, Chapel Hill, NC; Featured Brand: TBA
  • 8:00 p.m.: Bar Clacson: Host Bar Manager: Dustin Newsome and Guest Bartender: Paul Taylor, The Drink Co., Washington, D.C. and Danny Ronan; Featured Brand: Geneva
 GARY CRUNKLETON The Crunkleton

GARY CRUNKLETON
The Crunkleton

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Aug
20
4:30 PM16:30

Meet-the-Makers: Wine and Beer

Featuring 25+ wine and beer suppliers, BevCon’s Meet-the Makers tasting offers attendees the opportunity to sample premium bottlings from some of the industries most respected and innovative producers.  Makers and leading professionals alike will be present to engage with attendees and share their knowledge behind each sip.

FEATURED PRODUCERS 

Wine:

  • Bonny Doon Vineyard
  • Broadbent Selections
  • Drink Nomikai
  • H Mercer Imports
  • Hoxie Spritzer
  • J Wilkes Wines
  • Kobrand
  • La Mision Associates
  • Maison Noir
  • SakeOne
  • Scarpetta
  • Scribe Winery
  • Skurnik Wines
  • Turley Wines
  • Vocal Vineyards

Beer:

  • Craft Brewers Association

Miscellaneous:

  • Pacific Pickle Works
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Aug
20
to Aug 21

Bar Pop-Ups: Hollywood

Each night, BevCon attendees can bounce around to some of LA’s hottest bars. At each location, there will be a guest bartender who along with the host bar will collaborate on a special drink menu for the night. The Pop-Ups vary in time and are open to the public.  

  • 9:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.: Harvard & Stone: Host Bar Manager: Aaron Polsky and Guest Bartender: Sother Teague, Amor y Amargo, New York, NY; Featured Brand: Maker’s Mark
  • XX p.m.: The Spare Room: Host Bar Manager: Yael Vengroff and Guest Bartender: Lynette Marrero, New York, NY; Featured Brand: Copper & Kings Distilling
  • Xx p.m.: Tabula Rasa: Host Bar Manager: Zach Negin and Guest Winemakers: Will Costello, Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills Estate Wines and TBA
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Aug
21
3:30 PM15:30

Meet-the-Makers: Spirits

Featuring 30+ spirit suppliers, BevCon’s Meet-the Makers tasting offers attendees the opportunity to sample premium bottlings from some of the industries most respected and innovative distilleries.  Makers and leading professionals alike will be present to engage with attendees and share their knowledge behind each sip.

FEATURED PRODUCERS 

  • Argonaut Brandy
  • Bruxo Mezcal
  • Caledonia Spirits
  • Cocktail Guru
  • Cooper Spirits
  • Copper & Kings
  • European Liquor Spirit
  • Four Roses Bourbon
  • Graton Distilling Company
  • Heavy Met’l Premium Imports
  • Himbrimi Gin
  • House Spirits
  • Iichiko Shochu
  • Kikori
  • Maison Ferrand
  • Maker’s Mark
  • Market Street Spirits
  • Old Spirits Co.
  • Spring 44 Distilling
  • St George Spirits
  • Two James Spirits
  • William Grant & Sons

Miscellaneous

  •  Pacific Pickle Works
  • Seedlip
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Aug
21
7:00 PM19:00

Let’s Get Lit

The inaugural Let’s Get Lit at BevCon Charleston last year proved to be one of the must buzzed-about events and the LA iteration promises to be just as memorable.  Attendees will imbibe on drinks prepared by top bartenders while some of the country’s most esteemed beverage writers read and share excerpts from their most recent or upcoming works.  The lively and always entertaining Gary Crunkleton will serve as MC to introduce this spirited lineup of writers and keep the evening on course (as best one can among a boozy group of writers).  We make no promises!

Featured Authors:

  • Brad Thomas Parsons
  • Kara Newman
  • Paul Clarke
  • Robert Simonson
  • Talia Baiocchi

Featured Professionals:

  • Kellie Thorn, Empire State South, Atlanta
  • Greg Best, Ticonderoga Club, Atlanta
  • LA Winner of Cocktail Competition
  • John Tesar, Knife, Dallas
  • Craft Brewers Assn.

Featured Brands:

  • The Perfect Puree of Napa Valley
  • Skurnik Wines West

 

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Aug
21
to Aug 22

Bar Pop-Ups: Koreatown

Each night, BevCon attendees can bounce around to some of LA’s hottest bars. At each location, there will be a guest bartender who along with the host bar will collaborate on a special drink menu for the night. The Pop-Ups vary in time and are open to the public.  Bevcon pass holders receive a drink tickets to utilize at the location of their choice.

  • 6:00-10:00 p.m.: Normandie Club: Host Bar Manager: Dave Fernie and Guest Bartender: TBA; Featured Brand: William Grant & Sons
  • 6:00-9:00 p.m.: Mama Lion: Host Bar Manager: Robert Kim and Guest Bartender: Tiffanie Barriere; Featured Brand: Himbrimi Gin. Live Music: Vocal Jam at 9:00 p.m.
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