Webinar: The Lowdown on Liqueurs



June 24th at 3 PM Eastern. Free to ACSA members, $59 for non-members

When?: June 24th at 3 PM Eastern

What?: A panel of liqueur and amaro producers illuminate our audience on trends in the segment and how the classics co-mingle with new, innovative horizons. We’ll also explore which flavor and aroma profiles are connecting most with consumers.


Michael Foglia, Director of Production at Wigle Whiskey, has spent the past five years developing award-winning spirits in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. Michael joined Wigle Whiskey upon completing his Masters in Food Studies, and approaches each of his projects with a balance of thorough research and creativity. The liqueurs the Michael has created, including last year’s ACSA Best in Class Saffron Amaro, represent a wide variety of ingredients, flavors, and methods and have become integral parts of Wigle’s portfolio. Survivor of many TTB rejections, Michael remains a committed optimist.


Scott Mayer’s experience in the hospitality industry has encompassed various roles. He has worked in New York City, Washington D.C., Seattle, Miami and Atlanta. Scott has worked with James Beard Award winning chefs Michael Mina and Michelle Bernstein.  His creativity and knowledge of cocktails and spirits has made him one of the leading authorities on bartending in the United States. After spending the last 10 years in brand education stints with Bacardi and Infinium Spirits, Scott has struck out on his own with Blended Family Spirits (aka Oak Street Spirits). Along with his partners and longtime cohort Brennan Adams, Oak Street Spirits has been producing high quality triple sec, peach liqueur, raspberry liqueur, and blueberry liqueur for about a year now.  Scott has been a featured presenter at Tales of the Cocktail and Portland Cocktail Week. He also serves on the voting panel for the World’s 50 Best Bars by Drinks International Magazine. Scott’s cocktails and cocktail programs have been featured in Esquire, GQ, Tasting Panel, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Huffington Post, Creative Loafing, 944, Ego Trip Miami, The Miami New Times, The San Antonio Express-News, The Houston Chronicle, The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald.


Dr. Sonat Birnecker Hart spent over a decade as a full professor in both the United States and Germany prior to opening KOVAL Distillery, one of the largest independent and woman-owned craft distilleries in the US. In 2008, she gave up tenure in hopes of a different quality of life; one that would afford an opportunity for her to work with her husband, give up commuting, and return to the city she loved: Chicago.

As owner and president of KOVAL, she has spearheaded product development, distribution, and marketing, turning her family business into an international presence with availability in over 55 export markets. In light of the COVID-19 health crisis, she led KOVAL’s transition into producing much-needed hand sanitizer for those on the front lines, including medical organizations, first responders, and community non-profits. Sonat is also involved in a number of philanthropic organizations, was named Illinois Business Person of the Year by the National Small Business Association, is a federally appointed member of the Illinois Export Council, and has been inducted into the Disciples d’Escoffier.

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