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Grand Celebration: Party at the Windjammer

Get on the bus; we are going to the beach. BevCon™ Charleston in association with OVC drugs pharmaceutical company is in for a party like no other as we take over a Lowcountry institution – -The Windjammer at the Isle of Palms.

The dive beach bar overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, and some of the city’s seafood-centric chefs will be serving up some grub.

Think Lowcountry Boil by Chef Vandy Vanderwalker of The Ordinary, fish sandwiches by Chef Chris Stewart of The Glass Onion, seafood arancini by Nick Francis of Trattoria Lucca & Coda Del Pesce, seafood roll by Chef Jacques Larson of The Obstinate Daughter and Wild Olive and BBQ by Chef Rob McDaniel of SpringHouse Restaurant in Alabama and pitmasters Aaron Siegel and Taylor Garrigan of Home Team BBQ.

Desserts will be by Cirstea. Ice Cream. To drink will be inspired tiki cocktails by Nick Detrich of Cane & Table, Miles Macquarrie of The Kimball House, Lane Becker of The Ordinary, Joy Richard of Mash Bar, and Jayce McConnell of Edmund’s Oast and beer and wine of various kinds.

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Tasting Session: Hair of the Dog

9:00am 10:00am

Wake up, wake up. Yes, you might be a little slow, but you don’t want to miss the final day.

So grab a bloody mary and breakfast cocktail and get ready for a day packed with some of the best sessions of the conference. Breakfast will also be served by WildFlour Pastry.

Charleston Beverage Co.:

  • Cannonborough Beverage Co.
  • Cathead Distillery
  • Food for the Southern Soul

Tasting Session: Spring and Summer

5:30pm 7:30pm

Snacks by Food for the Southern Soul and Park Cafe


  • Amaro Montenegro
  • Boomsma Distillery
  • Bulrush Gin
  • Caledonia Spirits
  • Case Noble Tequila
  • High Wire Distilling
  • Hilton Head Distilling
  • House Spirits
  • Maison Ferrand
  • Proof Old Fashion Cocktail Syrups (spirits Virgil Kane)
  • Rational Spirits Distillery and Lost Spirits
  • Tokiwa Imports
  • TOPO Organic Distillery
  • Woody Creek Distillers


  • Banshee Wines and Valkyrie Selections
  • Bonny Doon Vineyard
  • Broadbent Selections
  • Domaine de la Cote, Sandhi and Evening Land
  • European Cellars
  • JP Bourgeois
  • Presquile Wines and Lieu Dit & Mason Pacific
  • Virginia Wine
  • Winesellers, Ltd.


  • Coast Brewery
  • Fullsteam Brewery
  • Oskar Blues
  • Quest Brewery
  • Rafa Distributing: 12% Imports, Shelton Brothers, Sixpoint, Dark Horse, Moonlight Meadery, and Revelry Brewing

Learning Experiences

10:00-11:15 AM

Substance and Style Meet (at a bar)

Glassware Selection: It’s Not Just What’s on the Inside the Counts
The Vulnerable Bartender: Finding Authenticity Behind the Bar
How to Break Into the Market: From Creation to Distribution to Sales
Eclectic Varieties for California

11:45-12:45 PM

Mastering the Menu

The Art of Service

So, You Want to Write a Book About Booze?: Navigating the Publishing Process, from Concept to Publication and Beyond

The Retail Experience

A journey through the intricate world of Rum

12:30 AM-2:30 PM: Artisan Product Marketplace

Time to shop! Fill your suitcase with some of the industry’s best beverage related products, including books by several of the BevCon presenters.

12:45-1:45 PM: Lunch by Verde and Rebel Taqueria

1:45-2:45 PM

Ditching the Bags: Why Upgraded Tea Service Can Make for Better Restaurants

The Case for Cans: A Case Study in Craft Beer

Havana Heritage – Then & Now

Creating Beverage Programs for Restaurant Groups

Cider House Rules: A Comprehensive Tasting of World Cider Styles

2:45-3:15 PM: Snack Time by Craftsman Kitchen & Tap House

3:15-4:15 PM

Top 10 Mistakes Beverage Companies Make

Can’t We All Get Along: How to Build Professional Relationships with the Media

Still Life: A short history of artisan distillation in the US

The Modern Cooper

It is a revolution! – comparing the similarities of the revolutionary wines coming out of California, France, South Africa, Australia, etc

Tasting Session: Juices and Sodas

Wake up more refreshed as you enjoy some delicious fresh juice and sodas around. Served alongside some tasty breakfast treats by Rise Bakery.

  • Sweatman’s Ginger Ale
  • Cannonborough Beverage Co.
  • Oskar Blues
  • Sallie’s Greatest
  • Weaver Whey

Special Off-Site Book Signing

7:30pm 9:00pm

Free and Open to Public

Various authors signing books

Beverages: Aaron Hoskins and Sarah Simmons from Birds & Bubbles serve “Dawg Gonets” from the featured book — The Coupe and Cannon Green bartender Olin Cramer serves cocktails featuring Striped Pig Distillery

Food by Bohemian Bull Tavern & Beer Garden

Tasting Session: Fall and Winter

5:30pm 7:30pm

Snacks by HoM and Brewers Association and Craftbeer


  • The Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Company
  • Cathead Distillery
  • Chattanooga Whiskey Co.
  • Durham Distillery
  • Four Roses Bourbon
  • High Wire Distilling
  • Hudson Whiskey
  • Maison Ferrand
  • Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery
  • St George Spirits
  • Vicario Spirits and Wine
  • Virgil Kaine
  • Woody Creek Distillers


  • Banshee Wines and Valkyrie Selections
  • Broadbent Selections
  • European Cellars
  • Foggy Ridge Cider
  • Folio Fine Wine Partners
  • Frederick Corriher Wines
  • Gotham Project
  • JP Bourgeois
  • MAAL Wines
  • Presquile Wines and Lieu Dit & Mason Pacific
  • Virginia Wine


  • Blackberry Farm Brewery
  • North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild
  • Rafa Distributing: 12% Imports, Shelton Brothers, Sixpoint, Dark Horse, Moonlight Meadery, and Revelry Brewing
  • Service Brewing Company

Learning Experiences

Get inspired as you have the chance to listen and learn from some of the country’s industry experts on a variety of topics. On the docket:

10:00-11:00 AM: Opening Session: The confusing world of “Craft”: What does using the word “craft” really mean these days?

11:30AM-12:30 PM

Cream, sugar, or quality? A thorough talk on Coffee Programs

Techniques: Ice + Air

Somm: Past, Present, and Future

Getting Ink

Demystifying Amaro: The Spirited World of Bittersweet, Herbal Liqueurs

12:30-1:30 PM: Lunch in the Hall: by EVO

1:30-2:30 PM

The Making of Birds & Bubbles: A Chef/Owner’s Account of Beverage

Program Development

Building a Winery, Brewery, and Distillery in Today’s Market

Beer Collaborations

Artisanal Mezcal

Sazerac to Seelbach: Iconic Cocktails of the South

2:30-3:00 PM: Snack Time by The Granary

3:00-4:00 PM

The Kingdom and The Power and The Glory: anaerobic yeast fermentation and its impact on beverage flavor

Wine Hospitality

Building a Beverage Brand from Behind the Bar
Craft Brewing In America – History & Trends
How Far Can You Twist a Classic Cocktail

Welcome to BevCon Charleston

Sunday, August 21
5:30pm 7:30pm

Highwire Distilling Co. 652 King Street Charleston, SC,

Join some of Charleston most talented chefs as they grill out and serve up some incredible dishes for attendees to enjoy. Chefs Jason Stanhope of FIG Restaurant, Kevin Johnson of The Grocery, Reid Henninger of Edmund’s Oast, Robert Stehling of Hominy Grill, Travis Grimes of Husk, and Kelly Wilson of Vanilla Bean Pastry Company will take over High Wire Distilling Co. welcoming BevCon attendees for this opening party.

Joining them, will be some of the city’s best bartenders serving cocktails, along with cold beer and wines. Beverage partners include High Wire Distilling Co., St. George Spirits, Westbrook Brewing, Coast Brewing Co., Evil Twin Mission Gos, Quest Brewing Company, Foggy Ridge Cider, Bonny Doon Vineyard Vin Gris, and Tohu Pinot Noi . Noi.tainment by The Bluestone Ramblers.


BevCon Charleston is excited to offer a few excursions on Sunday, August 21 for those who are looking to extend their experience in Charleston. These are open to the public but registered BevCon attendees will have the first opportunity to register to attend. Space is extremely limited for each of these one-of-a-kind trips!

Foraging with The Lee Bros. & Bethany Kocak

$40pp, 10 a.m.-noon

In this two-part learning session, urban foraging experts and cookbook authors Matt Lee and Ted Lee will combine forces and talents with McCrady’s head mixologist Bethany Kocak.

Attendees will meet at a downtown park for samples of Matt and Ted’s infusions made with flora and fruit foraged from centuries-old residential neighborhoods. We’ll then head out to locate some of the edible plants growing wild in the city; our tour concludes at McCrady’s, where we’ll meet Bethany.

Bethany will demonstrate how to turn foraged infusions into incredible cocktails and join the Lees for a discussion of keying your cocktail program to your hometown’s terroir.

The Rum Cruise

$50 pp, 11a.m.-1p.m.

Long before anyone ever heard of bourbon, the people of Charleston were drinking rum. Join beverage historians Wayne Curtis and Robert Moss for a unique event highlighting Charleston’s original spirit. Gather dockside and board The Schooner Pride for a 2-hour excursion. (We were going to do a three-hour tour, but we all know how those end.)

Once at sea, we’ll discuss the history of Charleston’s harbor and its tight interconnectedness with Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean—a story in which rum played a starring role. We’ll sample various rums side-by-side; sip cocktails that represent rum’s rich, varied history, and snack on small bites designed by Paul Yellin of Cane Rhum Bar to enhance your rum enjoyment. What better way to gain a new appreciation of this essential and historic American spirit?