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Master Distillers and Experts

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Lisa Roper Wicker

President & Head Distiller at Widow Jane Distillery

Consulting Distiller at George Washington's Mount Vernon

Distiller/Product Specialist at Starlight Distillery

Former Whiskey production/Winemaker at Limestone Branch Distillery

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Steve Beam

President and Master Distiller at Limestone Branch Distillery

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Greg Metze

Master Distiller for Old Elk Distillery

Former Master Distiller at Seagrams (now known as MGP Products) Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana

Consultant with 38 years distilling experience

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Dick Stoll

Master Distiller at Stoll & Wolfe Distillery

Master Distiller at Michter's Distillery in Shafferstown, Pennsylvania until 1990

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Steve Bashore

Director of Historic Trades at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Distillery and Gristmill

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Herman Mihalich

Owner and Head Distiller at Dad's Hat Rye Distillery

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Nicolas Laracuente

Kentucky based "Bourbon Archaeologist"

Manager at Kentucky State Historic Preservation Office

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Vince Oleson

Distiller at Widow Jane Distillery

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Molly Kersten

Market Manager-Emerging Brands DC/Baltimore for Brown Forman

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Rachael Ewing

Diageo Account Consultant, Philadelphia

former Diageo Master of Whisk(e)y

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Patrick McGovern

Scientific Director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Project for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia

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Luke J. Pecararo, PhD

Director of Archaeology at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

  1. DISCUSSION FORUMS - Sit in on discussions where you'll enjoy learning more about the world of whiskey! It's only appropriate that we'll be highlighting archaeology in the whiskey world in our new venue, The Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. See this year's lineup!
  2. PIG ROAST! Catered by Celebrity Chef Chad Rosenthal! - Nothing goes better with American whiskey than barbecue! Chef Rosenthal will share his culinary skills with us and offer a variety of dishes that complement the whiskeys you'll be tasting.
  3. MASTER CLASSES w/ Whiskey Experts - All ticket holders to the American Whiskey Convention are invited to sit in on whiskey tasting classes led by industry experts. Old Forester "Whiskey Row Series" Tastings and Old Elk Distillery Tastings 
  4. OVER 250 AMERICAN WHISKEYS! - Experience the many varieties of American-made whiskeys (in your collectible event glassware), from the small craft distillers to the very large distilleries that we all know and love! Bourbons, ryes, malt whiskeys, wheat whiskeys, small-grain experimental whiskeys, white whiskeys and more!
  5. GRAIN TO GLASS - Meet and talk with agricultural business owners and farmers that are integral parts of the whiskey making process. You can't make whiskey without the grain, and the grain farmers, millers, maltsters, barrel makers, and agricultural small businesses that will be present will lead you through the steps that come before the distillery.
  6. ARTISAN CRAFTS AND LIFESTYLE -Browse the many hand-made, artisan crafts, barrel art and furniture, artisansal chocolates and sweets, and premium cigars. Watch cocktail demonstrations, pick up a good whiskey book, get a shoe shine, a beard trim, or a touch-up. Bid on custom suits or purchase hand-made shoes or accessories. Take a picture at the photo booth or get a whiskey tattoo!    AND SO MUCH MORE!!!!!
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