Material from our October 21 event. held live and in person at the Truman Brewery, London. Talks included everything from calculating your carbon foot print, to how to handle you spirit post distillation. You can check out the full agenda here.

October 21
26th February 2022October 21 / Past EventsThanks to the Spirits Business who kindly shared this article ahead of our our October 21 event. London trade fair the Craft Distilling Expo is set to return as an in-person event with several talks and masterclasses planned. The exposition and conference will take place from Thursday 30 September to Friday 1 October at the Boiler House of the former Truman Brewery, which is based in Brick Lane, London. Talks and masterclasses will be led by prominent figures in the distilling industry, including co-founder of the Craft Distilling Expo and The Global Spirits Masters judge David T Smith. He said: “As with the whole industry the last 18 months have been a challenge, despite the success of our online offerings. “We are really looking forward to seeing friends and colleagues, both old and new in-person this year. We’ve put on an exciting range of talks with an increasing focus on sustainability.” Joining him to lead how-to-make workshops, comprising the likes of gin and fruit spirits, will be fellow Global Spirits Masters judge Julia Nourney. A talk on ultra-sonic spirits by Puddingstone Distillery’s Ben Marston is also on the agenda, as well as a guide to botanical and spiced rum from Peter Holland, co-founder of The Floating Rum Shack. There will also be discussions on sustainability in the spirits industry, which will include topics such as water conservation and carbon footprint in production. A distillery directory, containing more than 650 entries on distilleries in the UK and Europe, will be available for attendees to collect. Tickets can be purchased from The spirits industry is seeing the comeback of various events this autumn, including Tales of the Cocktails which takes place from today (20 September) to 23 September. Check out The Spirits Business‘ guide to the must-attend events at the annual festival here. Furthermore, The Spirits Business will co-host The Wine & Spirits Show Chelsea next month in partnership with sister title the drinks business. [...]
25th February 2022October 21 / Past Events / Processes / ResourcesThis talk, with David T Smith and the incredible Rachel Sutherland of Warners Distillery, was a an eye opening event. The testing saw participants blind tasting two liquids side by side and having to guess what the difference was. One example that really got the crowd excited was the comparison between a spirit that had come off the still and been diluted down to 40% abv in one go, and the other, the same spirit off the still, that had been diluted slowly over a week, eventually reaching 40% abv. Tasting side by side like this, the group found that there was a very obvious difference, with the one being diluted slowly being rounder and well integrated. Although this meant a smoother spirit overall, there was some discussion in how it also lost a little of it’s character. [...]
24th February 2022Blog / October 21 / Past EventsThe October 2021 Craft Distilling Expo was a special one as it was the first time we were able to do an in person event since lockdown measures pushed our conference online. The online conferences went so well that they became their own thing and we aim to hold one every year in April, as well as the live in person event at our home in Truman Brewery London in October. Here’s the agenda. [...]