Webinar: State of the Gin-dustry



When?: Thursday, November 17th from 3-4 PM Eastern

What?: As the global gin revolution expands stateside, American craft producers are innovating like never before. But there remain obstacles on the education and retail fronts that are keeping the category from reaching its full potential in the U.S. A panel of some of the most celebrated American craft gin producers will offer some insight on how to get gin to the next level.

How much?: Complimentary for ACSA Members, $59 for non-members



Ryan Christiansen, Caledonia Spirits/Barr Hill (Montpelier, VT)
Stephen Hopkins, Aimsir Distilling (Portland, OR)

Stephen Hopkins and his wife Christine founded The Aimsir Distilling Company in December of 2020.  Their goals were to create a product and environment to bring people together and enjoy each other’s company. Stephen previously was a chemist and always joked he had distilled lots of stuff before but nothing you would ever drink.  Once they started getting serious about forming Aimsir, Stephen attempted some home distilling and would distill a case of Hamm’s as a party trick for his friends.

Stephen and Christine developed their award winning Aitil House Gin by going out and buying every great gin they could find.  Any time a friend would travel Stephen would look up great local gins and ask them to pick up a bottle.  Then they would do blind tasting parties with friends and just listen to what people liked and didn’t like about gin.  From that we pieced together what we wanted to contribute to the Gin community.
Being a part of Aimsir has been one of the best experiences of his life.  He loves the comradery of the team and creating fantastic new products.   Stephen loves when everyone just gets into the super comfortable collaborative mode and lets the ideas flow.  That is when we have come up with our best ideas.

Melissa Katrincic, Durham Distillery (Durham, NC)

Melissa Katrincic serves as President/CEO and is the creative mind behind the Conniption Gin brand. Starting her career in the sciences with a degree in Physics from Bryn Mawr College, along the way carved her own path leading her to become a savvy marketing and operations executive.

Bringing her marketing and operations skills to bear, Melissa has led Durham Distillery to become an international award-winning producer of Gin. In addition to her work at the distillery, she is an advocate for craft distilleries and gin in the United States. She recently served on the American Craft Spirits Association’s COVID-19 national task force focused on hand sanitizer, was Vice President of the Distilling Association of North Carolina, has lobbied for the industry to the U.S. Congress in Washington D.C. and spoke as an invited expert of gin for the American Distilling Institute. She is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier and Women of the Vine & Spirits and is an authority on North Carolina spirits.

Moderator: Jeff Cioletti, CRAFT SPIRITS magazine

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