American Whiskey Convention

3rd Annual

American Whiskey Convention

April 13, 2018
Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

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By Whiskey Lovers, For Whiskey Lovers

The American Whiskey Convention, the largest all-American whiskey convention in the country, is back for its third year on Friday, April 13, at 5:30 PM (VIP ticketholders) and 6:30 PM (General Admission).

The event will feature a wide variety of whiskeys made from different grains, varying ages, production processes, and taste profiles.

At American Whiskey Convention, you'll interact with whiskey experts, distillers, maltsters and farmers. Additionally, you'll enjoy tailored items, accessories, straight-edge shaves, handmade luxury goods, jewelry and more. 

The American Whiskey Convention is produced by the Delaware Valley Fields Foundation, which is committed to promoting the role and history of local small farming. Working together with farmers and other local non-profits, the Delaware Valley Fields Foundation helps bring attention to the vital role of small farming in our communities. 


  • Entry at 5:30 PM
  • Access to discussion forums
  • Access to limited bottles
  • Catered tasting menu
  • Free parking

Designated Driver: $50

  • Entry at 5:30 PM
  • Access to discussion forums
  • Catered tasting menu
  • No tasting of alcohol
  • Free parking

General Admission: $100

  • Entry at 6:30 PM
  • Access to discussion forums
  • Catered tasting menu
  • Free parking

the venue

Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
6825 Norwitch Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19153

This year’s American Whiskey Convention is a true treat for the taste buds and the eyes.

Sample some of America’s premier whiskeys while taking in one of the world’s greatest collections of classic race cars. The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, located near the Philadelphia Airport, is home to over 75 historically significant automobiles – most of which are one-of-a-kind masterpieces.

Convention guests will enjoy up-close access to this magnificent collection, which was assembled over 50 years by renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Frederick Simeone.

Cars cover the history and evolution of racing from the early 1900s to the 1970s and include Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Mercedes, Jaguar, Bentley, Porsche, Aston Martin, Corvette, Ford and more.

Area Hotels

Residence Inn Philadelphia Airport
Discounted King Studio Suites: $149/night (expires March 30)
1.3 miles from the Simeone Automotive Museum

DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Airport
Discounted Queen Room: $99/night (expires March 24)
Complimentary airport shuttle
Self-parking: $12.25 | Valet parking: $18.38
2 miles from the Simeone Automotive Museum



Whiskey from the following brands will be available to all attendees. Knowledgeable experts will pour samples and discuss their products with you.



VIP ticketholders are invited to take part in an exclusive discussion forum at 5:45 PM featuring master distillers Steve Bashore, Dave Pickerell, and Lisa Roper Wicker. During this educational session, VIPs will also be given the rare opportunity to taste Mount Vernon’s limited line of rye whiskeys. Dave, Steve and Lisa will also be available for questions and tastings during the general admission portion of the event.

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Steve Bashore

Steve Bashore is the Director of Historic Trades at George Washington's Distillery at Mount Vernon, where 18th-century methods and recipes are used to create rye whiskey. The distillery was reconstructed 10 years ago based on archaeological excavations and historical records. Since 2009, it has produced limited quantities of Washington's rye whiskey using his original mash bill.

Steve and his team have been supported by a number of talented distillers, including Joe Dangler, Jimmy Russell, Dave Pickerell, Lisa Roper Wicker, Thomas McKenzie, Fred Noe, Ted Huber and others. He completed a special single malt whisky project in 2012 with distillers from Glenmorangie, Cardhu and Laphroaig.

Steve will discuss the traditional 18th-century methods employed at the distillery. Attendees of the discussion forum will be able to taste what differentiates a modern spirit from one made the old fashioned way!

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Dave Pickerell

Dave Pickerell is nicknamed the “Johnny Appleseed” of the American craft whiskey movement. After 14 years as master distiller with Makers Mark, Dave has become a consultant for many small craft distilleries. 

He has had a hand in establishing award-winning American whiskey brands such as Whistlepig, Hillrock Estates, Corsair, and even George Washington’s Rye Whiskey, which was recreated using 18th century techniques at the Mount Vernon distillery, restored in 2009.

He is a chemist, an engineer, an educator, and a fountain of knowledge for the American whiskey industry.

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Lisa Roper Wicker

Lisa Roper Wicker has worked with Limestone Branch Distillery, Preservation Distillery and Starlight Distillery and continues to consult for many new and thriving craft whiskey distilleries. Her current clients include the Samson & Surrey portfolio, Widow Jane, Philadelphia Distilling, Few Spirits, and Brenne whiskey. 

Lisa has worked with George Washington's Distillery at Mount Vernon since 2016, streamlining its fermentation and mashing processes. With Steve Bashore, she has been working to help adapt and improve upon the distilling practices once employed at the distillery in the late 18th century.

Her focus on locally-produced heirloom varietals of grain, efforts on her behalf to deal directly with farmers and maltsters, and her continued work with barrel management is revealing substantial progress for all her clients. Lisa’s expertise is applied to judging national spirits competitions, participating as a guest speaker at events across the country and through her consulting work.



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Brian Chambers (pictured), the New York City Brand Champion for Brown-Forman's premium whiskies, will host three tasting classes. The first class will feature tastings of Old Forester and will be open only to VIP ticketholders.

After, Chambers will host two General Admission Woodford Reserve Master Class sessions covering:

  • Whiskey's five sources of flavor: Learn what gives American, bourbon, Tennessee and imported whiskeys their flavors
  • The Woodford Way: Explore how the Woodford Reserve family of brands use each of the five sources to create the flavor profile in their three permanent releases (Distiller's Select, Double-Oaked, and Kentucky Rye)
  • Tastings: Use flavor wheel tastings with whiskey and food samples to discover the 200+ perceptible flavors in Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select
  • Q&A with Brian Chambers

A native New Yorker with extensive experience in the beverage industry, Brian Chambers was trained by some of the top mixologists in the world and has gained a comprehensive understanding of developing whiskey programs. Brian served as head bartender on the opening team for Jams at the 1 Hotel Central Park and was a bartender at the Hudson Hotel. A proud member of the United States Bartenders' Guild, he has participated in numerous industry events. 


vendors & exhibitors



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All proceeds from the American Whiskey Convention benefit the Delaware Valley Fields Foundation in support of local farming.