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The Spirits Live Stage with Re'al Cocktail Ingredients

Presented by Dean Callan

Join Dean Callan at The Spirits Live Stage as he hosts a series of talks and Q&A’s with brands and personalities from across the industry. Guaranteed to entertain and inform.

Thursday 22nd November

11.00 Laki Kane and the new Exotic Trends

With Luca Chinalli, Georgi Radev and My Exotic Fruit.  Try some unique exotic fruit, how they work in cocktails and how you can get them.

12:00 Facing The Dragons

Two growing spirits businesses talk about their experience on BBC2’s Dragon’s Den. With Camilla Brown & Liz Beswick of Young in Spirit and Vince Efferoth of NOVELTEA

13:10 Tropical Cocktails

Think tropical and tiki cocktails are complicated?  Then think again? Join Georgi Radev and find out about rum punch and how tiki cocktails originated from it.  Georgi will be making some fabulous creations using Re’al syrups to prove just how easy it is.  Presented by Georgi Radev of Laki Kane

14:00 NOLO because YOLO.  No and Low ABV because you only live once

The story of Strykk and the emergence of no/low-alcohol spirits, with Alex Carlton, CEO & Founder of Strykk

14:30 How we changed Grappa from Cinderella to Queen

Dean will be in conversation with Antonella Nonino of Nonino, distillers of Grappa in Fruili since 1897.  They will explore the evolution of Grappa from a fuel for poor Italian workers, the history of Nonino as a family business, and how the products are used in mixology.

15:20 Solera is not a swear word

The word “Solera” gets a bit of a kicking in the rum world, but why? Producers from all over the world have been using it, and making delicious liquid for centuries. Here is a chance to learn about Solera aging v’s Solera blending, and looking at different categories that use the system and the results they get. This session also includes a tasting of 3 rums – different styles, different geography, different production methods, but all use a type of Solera System in their final product. Designed as a “both sides” discussion opportunity for the good, bad and other points of this topic, come join in, have your say, and no matter what happens, good rum will be had!  Presented by Peter Thornton, Rum & Cocktail Category Manager, Cellar Trends

16:30 All about Absinthe

Q&A with T A Breaux of Jade Liqueurs and world-leading authority on absinthe.

Friday 23rd November

11:00  Not Alone

1 in 4 of us will experience mental health issues this year. It takes a huge effort to grin and bear it, but you are #NotAlone. Chris Porter of The Benevolent, The Drinks Industry Charity, will explain how you can get the help you need.

12:00 Facing The Dragons

Two growing spirits businesses talk about their experience on BBC2’s Dragon’s Den. With Camilla Brown & Liz Beswick of Young in Spirit and Vince Efferoth of NOVELTEA

13:10 Tropical Cocktails

Think tropical and tiki cocktails are complicated?  Then think again? Join Georgi Radev and find out about rum punch and how tiki cocktails originated from it.  Georgi will be making some fabulous creations using Re’al syrups to prove just how easy it is.  Presented by Georgi Radev of Laki Kane

14:30 How we changed Grappa from Cinderella to Queen

Dean will be in conversation with Antonella Nonino of Nonino, distillers of Grappa in Fruili since 1897.  They will explore the evolution of Grappa from a fuel for poor Italian workers, the history of Nonino as a family business, and how the products are used in mixology.

15:20 Solera is not a swear word

The word “Solera” gets a bit of a kicking in the rum world, but why? Producers from all over the world have been using it, and making delicious liquid for centuries. Here is a chance to learn about Solera aging v’s Solera blending, and looking at different categories that use the system and the results they get. This session also includes a tasting of 3 rums – different styles, different geography, different production methods, but all use a type of Solera System in their final product. Designed as a “both sides” discussion opportunity for the good, bad and other points of this topic, come join in, have your say, and no matter what happens, good rum will be had!  Presented by Peter Thornton, Rum & Cocktail Category Manager, Cellar Trends

16:30 All about Absinthe

Q&A with T A Breaux of Jade Liqueurs and world-leading authority on absinthe.