Independent Spirits Expo
I traveled up to Chicago to attend the 2011 Independent Spirits Expo - a great gathering of some of the best distillers around - and I highly recommend attending if you can. It travels to different cities throughout the year, so it might be held near you at some point. I was joined by my good friend Colin Joliat, a fellow connoisseur and a great writer (check out some of his humorous writings: http://guyism.com/author/colinjoliat). We attended the industry roundtable discussion in the afternoon, which was very interesting and informative. However, the best part was the sampling of their wares. There are a lot of people out there making some damn good spirits. It's very exciting that we'll soon be joining their ranks!