On December 5, we celebrate the Repeal of Prohibition. And because it's 2020, we will party like it's 1933... in a virtual world. You build an avatar, get your drink in advance and explore a virtual world that sure beats another Zoom call.
This is who you want to see.
Alan Bishop may or may have not made illicit whiskey once upon time. Today, he's truly legit and is changing the game for Indiana spirits at Spirits of French Lick.
Andrew Wilson is the godmother of American whiskey barrel aging. She's the master of maturation for Michter's, while also being the first chairwoman for the Kentucky Distillers' Association.
Andy Nelson is the co-founder and head distiller of Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery in Nashville, TN.His introduction to the business came by chance in 2006, when he and his younger brother Charlie learned that their triple great grandfather, CharlesNelson, had been one of the most prominent whiskey distillers in pre-prohibition America.
Bill Straub is a longtime whiskey writer and now manages one of the great new whiskeys of the decade in Four Gate.
Blake Riber is the founder of Bourbonr.com and seelbachs.com, an online craft spirits retailer.
Renowned lawyer Brian Haara is the author of Bourbon Justice and founder of Sippin' Corn.
Bruce Corwin is the founder of Bourbon Brotherhood.
Master Distiller for Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co., Caleb, is an innovator of his generation. His intense understanding and passion for the craft have resulted in bold improvement and award-winning spirits.
Chad is half of the spirits duo on YouTube, ‘It’s Bourbon Night’. Chad shares the channel with his co-host and now wife Sara Ahlgrim to educate viewership.
Charlie Nelson is the Co-Founder of Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery in Nashville, TN. In the summer of 2006, Charlie and his older brother Andy stumbled onto a largely-forgotten chapter of their family’s history: Their triple great grandfather, Charles Nelson, had been one of the most successful whiskey distillers in pre-prohibition America.
Clay Busch, founder of 618 Media, is a longtime music executive and an architect behind multiple musician whiskey collaborations.
Daniel Polise, with a history in hospitality and engineering, oversees the operations of the Penelope Bourbon. Areas include product, production, supply chain, and R&D.
Based in Washington, D.C., Denaya Jones is the owner of Deestilled: a mobile boutique-style company, specializing in bringing the craft cocktail & tasting room experience to people’s homes.
DJ Dook is the resident DJ of Degy World.
Eric Wood is a former All-Pro NFL Offensive Lineman for the Buffalo Bills.
Repeal Day Expo founder Fred Minnick wears ascots and drinks bourbon.
Ilegal’s global brand ambassador for Southern California, Gilberto Marquez, is an Anaheim guy and well - known and well - loved bartender in Southern California, as well as steeped in social activism.
Popular bartender Greg Wilson runs the Downtown Louisville Marriott and makes the city's best Old Fashioned, according to Fred Minnick.
Jamar Mack founded Kentucky’s Original Black Bourbon Enthusiasts (KOBBE) and is a member of several industry boards, but, most importantly, he's opinionated bourbon geek.
Jared Himstedt, our head distiller, whetted his appetite for distilling first as a homebrewer and a manager of Dancing Bear pub, a craft beer bar here in Waco, Texas. He is the creative force, product developer, and head blender at the distillery, overseeing everything from label design to barrel selection since Balcones’s inception in 2008.
T8ke is the moderator for Reddit.com/r/bourbon and is a rising star in the professional taster's circuit.
T8ke is the moderator for Reddit.com/r/bourbon and is a rising star in the professional taster's circuit. As VP of sales, Jeff Liebhardt brings his competitive spirit and twenty-eight years of experience in the alcoholic beverage industry to lead the Balcones sales charge, overseeing all aspects of sales and ensuring that the fruits of our labors are available to whisky aficionados nationwide
The Quint family has farmed and distilled spirits for generations. In 2005, Jeff Quint founded Cedar Ridge because he believed it was time for Iowa – the number one corn-producing state in the U.S. – to share its homegrown Bourbon Whiskey with the world. Cedar Ridge was the first licensed distillery in Iowa since Prohibition.
After 20 years in marketing and technology, Joe Beatrice was ready for a change. A longtime home brewer, Joe saw the true magic of spirits after a transformative experience tasting whiskey straight from the barrel for the very first time. In 2013, he launched Barrell Craft Spirits in Louisville, Kentucky, the epicenter of the American spirits industry.
Jordan Moskal is a founding member of Breaking Bourbon, the popular bourbon blog.
Driven by the desire to put Rabbit Hole at the forefront of the American spirits category, Kaveh Zamanian put everything on the line to start a spirit brand that would do just that.
Georgia-born, NYC-Based Country/Folk/Blues Cantadora, Kelley Swindall has a new LP out, “You Can Call Me Darlin’ If You Want”on Velvet Elk Records.
Kenny Coleman is the co-founder and co-host of the No. 1-bourbon podcast Bourbon Pursuit, but he's known more so for viral TikTok video about an $800 ice cube. Yeah, that was him.
Kris Hart is the founder of Whiskey Neat, an ESPN radio personality and founder of the Houston Whiskey Social.
Kyle currently serves as Angel’s Envy’s Production Manager. But beyond his role in the distillery, he also works to promote the spirit throughout the country. Kyle is ambitious, a quick study and eager to learn from his family’s wealth of bourbon experience. Kyle deeply appreciated the opportunity to learn on the job with Lincoln Henderson.
Lance Winters is a god in American distilling. He's the leading pioneer for American single malts and is one helluva gin maker.
“I’ve learned to care a little less about what everybody thinks,” says singer/songwriter/guitarist Lindsay Ell. “Following my gut instinct, truly saying what I want to say—that’s the magic, the elements that make you relatable and real. Before, I was worrying about writing for radio, for fans, but now this is what I know, this is my journey. And the more honest I get, the more effective it is.”
Maggie Kimberl is the content editor for American Whiskey Magazine and columnist for Whisky Magazine.
Forged in the heart of a Mississippi swamp, Magnolia Bayou’s sound is appropriately reminiscent of the golden age of Rock N Roll, and it is simultaneously flavored with a heavy, southern swagger that is distinctively theirs.
Myers set out to create a flagship whiskey that evoked the Wild West. He grew up on rural family farms in Georgia and Tennessee, across a countryside defined by rolling hills, horses, Jack Daniels and George Dickel. For decades since then, he carried with him an iconic vision of a cowboy walking into a bar, saying give me a whiskey, and the bartender slamming down a bottle — that bottle would be 291 Colorado Whiskey.
Michael Paladini is the CEO and founder of Penelope Bourbon. In his role, Paladini leads the team’s go-to-market strategy, including all sales and marketing initiatives, as well as product development.
“Moon Tooth walk that perfect line between metal and hard rock that is truly destructive.” - Kerrang! (2019)
Cedar Ridge won ADI's 2017 distillery of the year and are well known for their approachable yet complex bourbon. As the director of operations, Murphy has an abundance of knowledge to share on a growing family business in a rural area (which operates both a distillery and a winery) and the unique set of opportunities and risks.
Natalie Migliarini is the rockstar on Instagram known as "Beautiful Booze."
Fermentation researcher Nick Scarff serves as the master blender and VP of business development at Next Century Spirits and earned two dozen medals in spirits competitions.
Co-Founder of both Ferm Solutions and Wilderness Trail Distillery, Dr. Pat Heist and partner Shane Baker provide technical services and products to the fuel ethanol industry and distilleries and operate one of the top 15 bourbon whiskey producers in the world.
Honey-throated and soulful, Pearl possesses a compelling growl full of grit and strut when she lets loose.
Peggy Noe Stevens is the founder of Bourbon Women and is in the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame.
Perry is host to ‘This is My Bourbon Podcast’ and writes as a Bourbon journalist and has lifestyle items on his ‘This is My Bourbon Shop’ eCommerce shop
Randall (Randy) Sullivan is a whiskey educator and host of the podcast Bourbon Real Talk. He is also a founder and admin of the Facebook whiskey group Someone Say Whiskey.
Rob Dietrich joined Metallica's Blackened brand as master distiller and blender. Although Dietrich comes to the role with a solid pedigree. Blackened strikes a new chord in the world of whiskey, blending a number of straight bourbons, ryes, and whiskeys sourced from across North America and subjecting them to proprietary “sonic enhancement” process, which uses Metallica songs to create sound waves that affect chemical reactions in the aging whiskey.
Named one of Wine Enthusiasts Top 40 Under 40 and featured in The New York Times, Forbes, Black Enterprise and more, Samara Davis founded the Black Bourbon Society and is is also the Founding Executive Director of Diversity Distilled.
Sara is half of the spirits duo on YouTube, ‘It’s Bourbon Night’. Sara shares the channel with his co-host and now husband Chad Perkins to educate viewership.
Shane Baker is Co-Founder, President & CEO of Ferm Solutions Inc and Wilderness Trail Distillery, producers of fine Kentucky Bourbon and Rye Whiskey, 14th member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and a Kentucky Distillers Association Heritage member. A highly awarded entrepreneur, mechanical engineer and leader within the industry with nearly two decades of troubleshooting, design and optimization experience in the fermentation and distillation production of various alcohol industries spanning fuel, industrial, distilled spirits, beer, and wine
Take one listen to Shawn James’ music and you can hear his roots in the Mississippi delta by way of growing up on the fabled South Side of Chicago, his authentic, gutbucket blend of blues, folk, and soul music running the gamut of ecstatic joy and painful anguish.
The Steel Wheels are an Americana roots band from Harrisonburg, Virginia. Trent Wagler is lead vocalist, mountain banjo player, guitarist and the band's primary songwriter.
Tripp Stimson is Director of Distiller Operations and Chief Whiskey Scientist for Barrell Bourbon. He has extensive experience in yeasting, fermentation, and the distillery sciences and operations.
Tyler Boone, singer songwriter and founder of Boone’s Bourbon.
Turner Wathen comes from a lineage of Kentucky bourbon-makers and lives in Louisville. Wathen’s family has been making bourbon whiskey for five generations, beginning in 1788. During Prohibition, his family’s distillery was one of the few companies licensed to sell medicinal whiskey.
As Chief Innovations Officer, Wes Henderson has worked diligently to provide a clear and enthusiastic voice that Angel’s Envy has needed to succeed. Under his guidance, the company has grown both successfully and sustainably.
Wright Thompson is a senior writer for ESPN and author of Pappyland.
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About Fred Minnick:
World’s Leading Bourbon Authority
Since returning home from Iraq in 2005, Fred Minnick has become one of the most dynamic media personalities in the United States, sharing his expertise on spirits with mainstream audiences.
The Iraq war veteran has authored seven books and become a specialized celebrity, appearing on Bravo’s Top Chef, Discovery’s Moonshiners, hosting of Amazon Prime’s Bourbon Up and hosting the Spirits Network’s Frontier Filmmakers. He’s the co-creator and curator of the Bourbon & Beyond Music festival (91,000 attendees in 2019), which has featured Zac Brown Band, Lenny Kravitz, John Mayer, Robert Plant and many other great musical acts.
In addition, he’s appeared in The Atlantic, CBS This Morning, Celebrity Access, Fox and Friends, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Today, and on BBC, NPR and The Travel Channel and many others. Over a decade, Minnick’s appeared in the media more than 1,000 times.
More than just a well-polished presenter and personality in an ascot, Minnick’s a storyteller, with game-changing books Whiskey Women (Potomac Books, 2013), winner of the ForeWord INDIES’ Gold medal and optioned by Paramour Films, and Bourbon (Quarto, 2016), winner of the Spirited Awards’ World’s Best Spirits Book in 2017 and named top “food book” by Smithsonian Magazine. He’s also written Camera Boy (Hellgate Press, 2009), a Wall Street Journal-bestselling eBook; Bourbon Curious (Quarto, 1st Ed., 2015. 2nd ed., 2019); Rum Curious (Quarto, 2017) and MEAD (Running Press, 2018).
Minnick is the Forbes senior contributor on spirits, editor-in-chief of Bourbon+ Magazine, and has thousands of followers on social media. He’s written for Parade Magazine, The New York Times, Scientific American, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, and is the former lead American Whiskey critic for Whisky Advocate.
The categorical leader in American whiskey and spirits, Minnick’s ready to bring his niche to the mainstream. In The Fred Minnick Show, Fred interviews celebrities over whiskey and talks about life–past guests have included Daryl Hall, Mick Fleetwood, Lee Brice, NFL star Ndamukong Suh (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Chase Rice, Ashley McBryde, actor Harry Shearer, tennis legend Andy Roddick, Slipknot’s Clown, Johnny Christ of Avenged Sevenfold and Lindsay Ell, among others.
This cross section into culture transcends all he’s done before, giving him a new platform to make the world a better place one drink at a time.
About Degy World:
Degy World is an immersive virtual event platform. They have created a new world customized with expo halls, auditoriums, meeting spaces, classrooms and music stages to fulfill the Repeal Day Expo, conference and entertainment needs. Guests will be fully engaged and excited to create their own personalized avatar to interact as a community. Voice-to-voice conversations along with chat functionality offer a unique opportunity to connect and do business within the virtual world.