Countdown to BevCon

It’s just two weeks until BevCon! Last year I was thrilled to be a part of the inaugural beverage industry conference held in Charleston, and this year I’ll be back, hosting a few panels and events. Looking forward to seeing old friends like Scott Blackwell and Ann Marshall of High Wire Distilling Co. and meeting many new ones. And this year the gang from PUNCH will be on-hand as underwriters of BevCon. When I’m not hanging out at the bar at The Ordinary, you can find me at the following events:

Getting Published II
Wednesday, August 23
1:00PM – 2:00PM
Hyatt House Charleston
In this follow-up to last year’s popular panel, “So You Want to Write a Book About Booze?” I’ll be moderating a discussion with Paul Clarke, Matt Lee, and Kara Newman covering everything you need to know about the writing (and selling) a book.

Beyond Branca: The Fernet Family
Thursday, August 24
10:00AM – 11:00AM
Hyatt House Charleston
I’ve pulled together an eclectic lineup of 12 different fernet from around the world, including many new American-made expressions, for a talk and tasting about this dark, bitter category of amaro that’s a favorite among industry professionals.

Let’s Get Lit: Author Reading Party and Book Signing
Thursday, August 24
6:00PM – 8:00PM
The Oyster Shed at Leon’s Oyster Shop
At one of my favorite panels from last year’s panel, my dear friend Gary Crunkleton conducted a seminar/one-man show in which he admitted that he’s only read two books in his life cover to cover–The Bible and A Time to Kill. Who better, then, to MC this spirited reading event? I’ll be joining a pretty cool lineup of writers at The Oyster Shed at Leon’s Oyster Shop for a cocktail-fueled reading from our new and upcoming work. Featured readers include:

Talia Baiocchi
Jon Bonné
Paul Clarke
Wayne Curtis
Megan Krigbaum
Matt Lee
Kara Newman
Brad Thomas Parsons
Hanna Raskin
Robert Simonson
David Wondrich

Hope to see you there!