I am giving three talks as part of the Industry Invitational. They are:
The Barrel Around the World
Saturday, May 18th, 11:30-12:30
In this seminar, we’ll look at barrels from their birth in the forests to their end as barbecue chips. We’ll study the types of trees used for barrels around the world, including American white oak, Oregon pine, Brazilian balsam, French Troncais, Limousin oak and others. We'll also look at how barrels are made and why levels of toast and char matter. We'll focus on Sherry's unique sistema solera aging process, which is the inspiration behind Zacapa Rum's distinguished art of blending, to demonstrate the barrels' effects. The distinctive aging system uses various types of barrels over several years to age the spirits and instill in them rich, distinctive flavors by imparting flavor or tannins, allowing for oxidation and more. Attendees will taste the barrels' effects through cocktail recipes aged in different woods and create their own barrel-aged cocktail recipes using Zacapa Rum during this unique and educational seminar.Speakers: Elayne Duff, Steve Olson, Camper English
50 Bars in 60 Minutes
Sunday May 19th, 5:15 - 6:15 PM
What makes a bar one of the best on the planet? Frequent fliers Jacob Briars and Camper English will tackle Drinks International’s 50 Best Bars in the World list, pointing out the qualities that make each one of these worldwide watering holes unique, from the over-the-top spectacle of The Artesian in London to the bare-bones charm of La Capilla in Tequila. They’ll also look for patterns and trends in the list, and list a few of their favorite bars in the world that didn’t quite make the cut.
Speakers: Jacob Briars and Camper English
Monday May 20th, 3:30 - 4:30
Let's take this super-simple cocktail and complicate it, shall we? We'll deconstruct the Paloma into its elements- tequila, grapefruit, soda, and garnish(es)- and put them all through the ringer. We'll look at the different mass-market and craft grapefruit sodas for sale and discuss how to make your own with various varieties of grapefruit from Duncan to Ruby Red. We'll talk about varieties of salt, and whether it should be put on the rim or in the glass for best effect. We'll try a few versions of the drink with different ages of Don Julio tequila to see what works best with what. We'll also discuss altering the Paloma using the trendy tricks of today, including carbonating, bottling and barrel-aging the drink.
Speakers: Camper English
So come on down and hear me blather!