2012 ADI Conference - Louisville, KY
It's a good thing I finished the demo so quickly because on Saturday I traveled to Louisville for the 2012 ADI Conference. Last year it was held in Portland, which was a blast, but I was glad this one was in Louisville because that meant I got to stay with our close friends Andrew and Amy Smithka, who live there. The conference itself was a success. I got to tour several distilleries: Four Roses (really cool spanish mission architecture), Alltec, BarrelHouse, and (one of my all-time favorite bourbons) Woodford Reserve. The Conference started at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, an incredibly gorgeous old building with an interesting history (there was a flood there in 1937 that completely flooded the first floor. People were paddling in on boats and a bellhop caught a fish from the second floor!). But most of the conference was held at Huber Orchard and Winery over in IN. Also home of the Starlight Distillery, where I attended one of their hands-on rum workshops, which was itself very interesting and informative. It was a great opportunity to meet like-minded people, hear industry experts like Dr. Jim Swan, Dave Pickerell, and (one of my personal heroes) Darek Bell speak. Plus, it was perfect for me because they had booths and representatives for every kind of vendor a distillery could need. I was able to learn, ask specific questions, and make good contacts. And on top of it all, I got to sample many of the hundreds of spirits that were submitted to the judging. There are some people out there making some really incredible spirits and I hope that next year, that list will include StilL 630! Good people, good spirits, good times. Thanks ADI! And a special Thank You to Andrew and Amy for allowing me to invade their home for the week!