Speakers & Seminars

Seminar sessions will start at 7:30pm, 8:15pm, 9:00pm. Seating for the sessions is limited. The seminar rooms are located in the hallway with coat check and the room elevators.
Previous Speakers & Seminars


Seminar Room 1

Cooking with Whiskey (featuring JJ Neukomm Missouri Single Malt Whiskey)

Amanda Valentine
Executive Sous Chef, Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch

Observe a cooking demonstration featuring a menu item from the Whiskey in the Winter menu and learn how to prepare it in your own kitchen paired with JJ Neukomm Missouri Single Malt Whiskey. Recipe cards will be provided.

Seminar Room 2

Old Forester Exclusives

Jackie Zykan
Old Forester Master Taster & Master Bourbon Specialist

Saint Louis native and Old Forester Master Taster Jackie Zykan, speaks bourbon fluently. Serving as the face of the brand, she travels the world sharing the story of Old Forester’s production and history. Jacquelyn conducts master level trainings globally, leads the single barrel private selection program and innovative licensed expansions of the brand, as well as oversees brand drink strategy across all platforms. Jackie will be sharing a special peek behind the innovation process curtain for the first bottled bourbon. The seminar will include exclusive tastings of products unavailable on the daily shelf.

Seminar Room 3

“Popping Bottles” presented by Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whiskey

David Allardice
Glenfiddich Ambassador

Popping the cork on Glenfiddich’s brand new release, Grand Cru, 23 Year Old, French Cuvee cask finish! We will also be opening up some of the finest Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky available today in a tasting lead by our seasoned Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador: David Allardice. Tasting will include the following: Glenfiddich Project XX, Glenfiddich 21yr Gran Reserva, Glenfiddich 21yr Winter Storm & Glenfiddich 23yr Grand Cru.


Seminar Room 1

MGP Distilled – MGP Owned

Andy Mansinne
MGP Beverages Vice President of Brands

Founded in 1941, MGP is a leading supplier of premium distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starches. Andy Mansinne, VP of Brands, will present MGP’s very own portfolio of super-premium spirits brands. By leveraging MGP’s vast distilling knowledge, capability and blending expertise, we ensure that MGP’s Own brands are carefully crafted through a combination of art and science backed by nearly 200 years of experience.

Seminar Room 2

How Ireland’s Single Pot Still Whiskey is a Secret to be Shared

Jenna Murray
Pernod Ricard Whiskey Ambassador

Take a brief walk through the history of Ireland’s original style of making whiskey with Brand Ambassador Jenna Murray. Then take flight on a tasting journey of Rebreast 12, Redbreast 15 and Redbreast Lustau and open up the categories with questions on distillation and wood alike. Ending with tasting the beauty of Middleton Very Rare one issue to leave with a great appreciation of Ireland’s Secret to be Shared.

Seminar Room 3

Heaven-Hill House Style

Bernie Lubbers
Heaven-Hill Brand Ambassador & The Whiskey Professor

“House Style” Restaurants, bars, hotels, and cruise ships all have different House Styles to attract customers to their venues. There are 10 major distilleries, and 1,800 craft distillers producing American Whiskey today. With so many quality whiskeys available, one key way to wade through all the offerings is to know a distillery’s “House Style”. In this presentation Bernie covers Heaven Hill’s “House Style” and how that results in our brands, and how you can use that information in making your whiskey buying decisions.


Seminar Room 1

Barrell to Bottle

Forrest Williams
Bulleit Educator

We will go through the entire process of sourcing, production, barrel selection, aging and bottling. Explaining the differences between Rye, Bourbon and Barrel Aged that we offer in our line. Forrest will answer questions about the process and attendees will walk away knowing much more about what makes Bulleit unique.

Seminar Room 2

Dewar’s Double Aged for Smoothness

Gareth Howell
Dewar’s National Brand Ambassador

A journey through Dewar’s and the unique blends that makes our scotch a smooth and enjoyable journey of Scotland. We will sample Dewar’s Caribbean Smooth, Dewar’s 15 YR, Dewar’s 18 YR and Dewar’s 25 YR during the seminar.

Seminar Room 3

Mastering The Manhattan

Bobby “G” Gleason
Jim Beam Master Mixologist

The Manhattan. The King of Whiskey cocktails. Join Master Mixologist Bobby “G” Gleason as he shares the stories and guides you through a tasting of each component as you build your Manhattan. Brought to you by Knob Creek & Knob Creek Rye.