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Early Registration for the 2016 Chicago Independent Spirits Expo

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The 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

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


       Two Hundred 3 oz. sampling cups

       Dump bucket


       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



Local Logistics/Registration

Martin C. Duffy

Producer/Logistics Manager - Chicago

Distilled Events



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.




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