2016 Chicago Independent Spirits Expo to Feature 500+ Pours

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The 6th annual Chicago Independent Spirits Expo will be taking place in the Windy City on September 21, 2016. The event is open to industry professionals as well as consumers and is one of the largest gatherings of small, independent, family owned, craft spirits distillers, importers, bottlers, distributors and representatives all under one roof.

500+ Crafts Spirit Pours

And, the event isn’t all talk – innovative distillers and brand ambassadors will be pouring a wide variety of more than 500 spirits from some of the best boutique vodkas, gins, rums, tequilas, mezcals, whiskies, liqueurs and bourbons from all around the world. The world class event promises to include spirits from the US, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Holland, Belgium, France, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Japan, India, Australia and New Zealand.

What started out as just three small brands conducting a tasting in a bar in New York City over 10 years ago has now grown to become one of the most anticipated underground spirit tastings on the planet.  The event is put on by Dave Schmier, former owner of Redemption Rye & Temptation Bourbon whiskey brands, and Martin C. Duffy, U.S. Brand Representative for Glencairn Crystal and former Sr. Masters of Whisky for Diageo. Over the years, the event has taken place all over the country including San Francisco, New York City, Las Vegas and New Orleans.

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3 Industry Professional Sessions

Whiskey AromasIndustry professionals at this year’s Indie Spirits Chicago Expo will have an opportunity to attend three events just for them including,

  1. A 2 hour Industry Roundtable discussion from 12:00pm to 2:00pm (All times are CDT.)
  2. Financing a Brand Seminar from 2:15 to 3:15pm
  3. and The Common Sense of Scents from 3:30 to 4:30pm.

According to Mr. Schmier, “The Chicago Indie Spirits Expo is a direct response to both the growing interest in craft spirits among consumers and the growth of craft distillers and other spirits entrepreneurs.“ Co-producer Martin Duffy, after experiencing Schmier’s New York event in 2011, convinced his friend to bring the Expo to City of Big Shoulders. “Chicago has always been a progressive drinking town, so it only seemed logical to bring this event here and make it the biggest and best event of its kind”, said Duffy.  “Plus, it is a great chance to highlight the best of the Midwest’s own burgeoning distilling community.”

Complete Chicago Independent Spirits Expo Schedule

  • The Illinois Craft Distillers Association (ICDA) Members Meeting: 10am-11:30am
  • Industry Round Table Discussion: 12:00pm-2:00pm
  • Financing a Brand Seminar: 2:15pm-3:15pm
  • The Common Sense of Scents Seminar: 3:30pm-4:30pm
  • VIP / Industry Tasting Session: 4:30pm-6:30pm
  • General Admission Tasting Session: 6:30pm-9:00pm

Tickets for the 2016 Chicago Independent Spirits Expo

Update: Distillery Trail attendees can save 20% on admission by using promo code DT when checking out.

  • VIP Tickets: $85 – VIP ticket holders get into the hall 2 hours earlier for more time with distillers. Use promo code “DT” to save $17 and get in for only $68.
    4:30pm to 9:00pm.
  • General Admission Tickets: $65 – Use promo code “DT” to save $13 and get in for only $52.
    6:30pm to 9:00pm.

You can purchase tickets for the Chicago Independent Spirits Expo here.

The event takes place at Hilton Chicago Hotel, 720 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60613.

Brands Represented at the 2016 Chicago Independent Spirits Expo

13R Tequila
211 Wells Spirits Co.
3Akashi Japanese whisky
5Amaretto f.lli d'Italia
6Amaro Cinpatrazzo
7Astral Tequila
8Aviation Gin
9Azteca Azul Tequila
10Bache Gabrielsen
11Balcones Distilling
12Balam Raicilla
13Bar Napkin Spirits
14Beer Syrup Co.
18Beppe & the Architect
19Big Bottom Distilling Co.
20Biggar & Leith – Malfy Gin
21Bittercube Bitters
22Black Dog Distillery
23Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.
24Bliss Amers
25Blue Chair Bay Rum
26Bluecoat American Dry Gin
27Bond & Royal: Del Maguey Mezcal, Siete Leguas, Encanto Pisco, Dimmi Liqueur
29Boondocks Whisky
30Borici Liqueur
31Boyd & Blair
32BroVo Spirits
33Caffo Beverages inc
34Cardinal Spirits
35Caribbean Spirits
36Carriage House Imports
37Casa d'Aristi Yucatán Liqueurs (Xtabentún , Kalani, Guanabana)
38CH Disitillery
39Chicago Distilling Company
40Clyde Mays
41Cognac Park
42Copper & Kings
43Copper Fiddle Distillery
44Copper Fox Distillery
45Corsair Distillery
46Cruz de Fuego Mezcal
47Dad's Hat Rye
48DC Craft Spirits
49Death's Door Spirits
50Del Professore
51Dented Brick Distillery
52Dictador Rum
53Distillerie Tessendier & Fils Inc
54Driftless Glen Distillery
55Fernet Francisco
56FEW Spirits
57Figenza Mediterranean Vodka
58Fishbowl Spirits
59Flor de Desierto Sotol
60Fox River Distillery
61Frankfort Spirits Inc.
62Gamle Ode Aquavit
63Garrison Brothers Distillery
64GDL Imports/Laika Spirits
65Glenfarclas Single Malt Scotch
66Global Beverage Team
67Gordon & MacPhail – Benromach
68Grand Rivers Distillery
69Grappa italiana
70Great Lakes Distillery
72Haas Brothers: Tequila ArteNOM, Cimarron, Mezcal Don Amado, Mina Real, Vallet Amargo, Fernet
73Haus Alpenz
74Headframe Spirits
75Heavenly Spirits: Armagnac: Delord, Marie Duffau, Dartigalongue, Cognac: Normandin Mercier, Jean Fillioux, Distillerie du
76Heering Cherry & Coffee
77Henry Farms Prairie Spirits
78HPS Epicurean: Polugar Russian Breadwine, Riserva Carlo Alberto Vermut di Torino, Bailoni Wachauer, Enrico Toro Centerba 72, Paladin Agricanto Venetian Cherry Liqueur, Th. Kramer's Aromatique Bitter, Prince Pastis de Marseille
79Ichiros Japanese Single Malt
80Infinium Spirits Co
81Impex Beverages (Single Malt Scotch Whisky): Isle of Arran, Tamdhu, Kilchoman Distillery
82J. Henry & Sons Bourbons
83Jade Liqueurs Fine Absinthes
84James E Pepper Bourbon
85Journeyman Distillery
86Kentucky Moonshine
88KOVAL Distillery
89LaPavia Beverage
90Legends of Kremlin Vodka
91Limoncino dell'isola
92Los Arango Tequila
93Maracame Tequila
94Mars Iwai and Iwai tradition
95Mala Idea Mezcal
98Mezcales de Leyenda / Peloton
99Mezcal Vago
100Mezcal Yuu Baal
101Mississippi River Distilling Company
103Nardini Grappa
104Nelson's Green Brier Distillery
105New Deal Distillery
106New Holland Artisan Spirits
107Niche Import Co.: Mezan, Barr an Uisce Irish whiskey, Bepi Tosolini, Calvados Coquerel, Schonauer Apfel
108North Shore Distillery
109OOLA Distillery
110Owl's Brew
111Paolucci Amaro Ciociaro
112Parce Rum
113Paul John Indian Single Malt
114Peyrat: Calvados: Roger Groult, Claque-Pépin, Liqueurs: Jules Theuriet, Domaine de Jacquiot, Absinthe + Pastis: La Muse Verte
115Philadelphia Distilling
116Pickett's Ginger Beer
117Pisoni Grappa
118Poli Grappa
119Purely Syrup Company
120Quincy Street Distillery
121Rabbit Hole Bourbon/Rye Whiskey
122Rogue Spirits
123Sambuca Secolare
124Scorpian Mezcal
125Shrub & Co.
126Sombra Mezcal
127SoulBoxer Cocktail Co.
128St. George Spirits
130Tailwinds Distilling Company
131Tanduay Asian Rum
132Teeling Irish whiskey
133Tequila Tromba
135Tokiwa Imports
136Tomintoul Scotch
137Tomr's Tonic
138Top Note Tonic
139Town Branch Bourbon
140Trianon Tequila
142Usquaebach Blended Scotch Whisky
143Vecchia Grappa Caffo
144Vecchio Amaro del Capo
145Vikre Distillery
146West Cork Irish Distillery
147West Lakeview Liquors
148Whiskey Acres
149William Wolf Pecan Bourbon
150Wolfburn Single Malt Scotch
151Wondertucky Distillery & Bottling, Inc.

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