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untilThe Chicago Independent Spirits Expo is back for a 6th Year and we are offering an early registration discount to all brands that sign up before August 1st! Every year this event grows bigger with the growth of the artisanal and independent spirits community throughout the world (The USA, Canada, Ireland, England, Scotland, Spain, Italy, Sweden, France, Russia, Holland, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Japan, India, New Zealand, Australia, etc.) and the ever-expanding interest in artisanal spirits among both the drinks industry as well as consumers. The CISE brings in 1200 attendees annually, with over 90% of them being bartenders, bar owners, F&B Managers, retailers, distributors, drink media and other members of the spirits industry. Last year’s event saw over 130 exhibitors sampling out a variety of spirits – vodka, gin, rum, tequila, mescal, whiskey, vermouth, liqueurs, mixers, etc. – from all around the world! This year the event will be held: Date: Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 Time: 4:30PM - 9:00Pm Venue: The Chicago Hilton Hotel & Towers Address: 720 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL. Neighborhood: The Loop/Downtown Business District Intersection: Michigan Ave. & Balbo Ave. Returning for its 6th year is the The 2016 CISE Industry Round Table Discussion Panel! An esteemed group of professionals from various levels of the drink business discussing the key topics of the day facing the spirits industry. Scheduled Panelists include: Special Guest Moderator: Emily Pennington Hood - Editor at Wine & Spirits Daily Monique Huston – Distributor, Winebow Brett Pontoni – Retailer, Binny’s Beverage Depot Toby Beall – Distiller, Tailwinds Distillery Paul Hletko – Distiller, FEW Spirits Matt Blaum – Distiller, Blaum Bros. Distillery Bill Welter – Distiller, Journeyman Distillery Scott Winters – Importer, American Spirits Exchange Dave Schmier - Brand Owner Danny Shapiro – Mixologist/Bar Owner, Scofflaw, Slippery Slope Winston Edwards - Brand Ambassador, Balcones Christine Tully Aranza - Restaurant Owner, Autre Monde Aaron Zacharias - Bar Owner, Fountainhead Chicago Brian Christensen – Editor of Artisan Spirits Magazine Registration Information Suppliers - The cost of Early Registration is $500.00 until August 1st. This includes: Your branding on most ISE materials Approx. 4’/6’™ table Linens Two Hundred 3 oz. sampling cups Dump bucket Ice Ice Bucket Four ¼ oz. Pourers 2 supplier rep tickets 2 consumer tickets 4 trade/press tickets List of hotel recommendations/Price breaks Early Registration First time Exhibitors - $600.00 ($500.00 if registering before August 1st.) Returning Exhibitors - $350.00 ($275.00 if registering before August 1st.) Email/Mail – Request a registration form to pay directly with check or credit card. Please state if you are a Returning Exhibitor or a New Exhibitor. Returning Exhibitor ~ Please inquire about your discount code. Online Registration ~ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-chicago-indies-spirits-expo-exhibitor-registration-tickets-23597446598 Tickets are now on sale ~ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-chicago-indie-spirits-expo-tickets-24260637219 Chicago Independent Spirits Expo Contacts For any and all questions concerning the Chicago Independent Spirits Expo, please reach out to: Registration & Fees Dave Schmier Executive Producer Distilled Events email@example.com Local Logistics/Registration Martin C. Duffy Producer/Logistics Manager - Chicago Distilled Events firstname.lastname@example.org Your brand needs to be distributed by a licensed wholesaler in the state of Illinois in order to legally sample your product. If you do not have distribution in Illinois, please contact us for references. Hope to see you in September! Glencairn Whisky Glass ~ A proud sponsor of the 2016 Chicago Independent Spirits Expo ~ http://www.glencairn.co.uk/ The Chicago Independent Spirits Expo is a 21 year & older event. A valid photo I.D. is required. Please Drink Responsibly. Do Not Drink & Drive. Visit www.indiespiritsexpo.com for a list of other regional events taking place throughout the year.
Good morning all. It's nice to have finally found these forums.I think you guys are going to be a great resource. My partner and I have recently secured funding and started a business and we would like to have our own brand of Vodka. In time we would like to distill ourselves, but to get the ball rolling our plan is to work with a Distiller here in the US. We know of only a handful of large distilleries.Can any of you make any suggestions who else we might want to research? Bottle design and production - Do you know of anyone that you would reccomend? The design is not going to be simple and standard. One last thing, thats always bugged me... If there are so many distillers here in the US and Vodka is one of the less complicated spirits to produce, then why do so many companies go to eastern Europe? Is it because they have so much more experience making Vodka? Is it the cost? Is it the the availability of resources? Thanks for the help, look forward to hearing from you.
Howdy, I am in the early stages of planning a distillery to be based somewhere in the Southeastern U.S. I have a bit of experience doing small-scaled distillation and in the past have worked as a winemaker's assistant. I'm interested in a 3-6 month internship with a small to medium sized distillery based in the U.S. I'm interested in refining my techniques for making the wash as well as operating a still. Anyone know of any opportunities out there? If the distillery makes any liqueurs or infusions, all the better. Thanks and happy new year.