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Wednesday, October 3 • 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Food and CPG Track | Beyond Vodka - Austin's Liquor Startup Scene, Panel Discussion followed by Tasting / Happy Hour (The Refinery)

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Twenty years ago Austin became home to the first craft liquor brand from Texas, Tito's Vodka, which recently became the highest selling liquor in the United States. Since then, a diverse group of entrepreneurs have introduced an even more diverse array of products, making Austin one of the top locations in the country for launching spirits brands. Some have even called Austin the Silicon Valley of booze. Join us for a panel discussion with Austin-based entrepreneurs in the spirits industry. The discussion will be followed by a casual tasting and networking session where guests can meet the panelists and taste their products, including Austonian Whiskey, Tubi 60, Emerald Absinthe, Tequila Sheela, and more.

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Arianne Sclerandi

Relationship Manager, Frost Bank

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Jessica Leigh Graves

Co-Founder, Violet Crown Spirits
I ran a band and a sign language interpreting business before I got into booze. I still do those, too. I'm more pretender than bartender, but I've ended up the president of the United States Bartenders Guild Austin Chapter.
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Chris Hofbauer

Founder, Soley Beverage
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Mark Koelsch

President/Founder, Remington Family Distillers
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Kathryn Loeffler

Founder, Tex Avivi Importers
Founder of Tex Avivi Importers - an Austin based liquor import company and the exclusive importer of Tubi 60 - Israel's most popular spirit. As a small importer responsible for bringing a new international brand to market in the US, we've used personal fan engagement and social media... Read More →
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Natalie Merrick

Co-Founder, Tequila Sheela
Natalie is the Co-Founder of Tequila Sheela, an organic, sipping spirit. She began her career in Accounting/Finance, loves to travel and is now passionate about sharing her tequila with the world. Ask Natalie about baking, traveling, and growing up in Westphalia.
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Lawrence Sasso

Founder, Austonian Sprits
Lawrence is the founder of Austonian Spirits and developed the technology behind award-winning Austonian Whiskey, which uses a unique alternative aging process in place of traditional barrel aging.

Wednesday October 3, 2018 5:00pm - 6:15pm CDT
The Refinery 612 Brazos Street Austin, TX 78701