Developed for the community of craft spirits producers, the ACSA Distillers’ Convention and Vendor Trade Show brings together distillers and suppliers to harness the energy of the industry. In the past years, ACSA has educated 1000s to strengthen the safety and prosperity of the trade and has provided a platform to network and explore products and services from our suppliers. See what convention is upcoming and take a peek at what you might have missed.


To ensure the health and safety of all registrants for ACSA’s Annual Distillers’ Convention and Vendor Trade Show, ACSA is moving its convention from the summer dates of July 25-27 in Louisville, Kentucky. It will now take place December 4-6, 2021.

All prior exhibitor and attendee registration fees will automatically roll over and apply to the new dates. We will contact each registrant with additional options, however, should conflicts in the December schedule prevent participation. Registration and hotel bookings will open in the coming weeks. If you have any immediate questions, please contact Teresa McDaniel at (502) 807-4249 and/or

Thank you for your understanding and continued support as we pivot once again. We look forward to gathering to network, learn and celebrate our industry’s grit, determination and drive.

When: December 4-6, 2021

Where: Kentucky International Convention Center

Host Hotel: The Galt House Hotel

Details to follow!

Education Schedule

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET TBA
12:00-2:00 PM ET TBA
3:00-3:55 PM ET Increasing Yield, Throughput and Quality of Production – Lallemand TBA TTB Overview: Recordkeeping, Operational Reports, and Tax Returns
4:00-4:55 PM ET Enzymes to Improve Profitability – Lallemand TBA TTB Bootcamp: Labeling
5:00-5:55 PM ET Fermentation Optimization to Increase Profitability and Quality – Lallemand TBA TTB Bootcamp: Formulas
6:00 PM ET TBA
8:00-8:55 AM ET TBA
9:00-9:55 AM ET The Science of Whiskey Maturation – Jason Parker (Copperworks Distilling) Work Life Balance in the Distilling Industry – Johnny Jeffery (Bently Heritage), Mark A. Vierthaler (Tenth Ward Distilling Co.) What to do When You Have an Unusual Product – Chris Thiemann (TTB)
10:00-10:55 AM ET Tips and Tricks – Johnny Jeffery (Bently Heritage), John McKee (Headframe Spirits and Manufacturing), other panelists TBD 2020 Spirits Industry M&A Year in Review: Factors Driving Robust Investment Activity – Kevin O’Brien (Zepponi & Company) Developing a Strategy to Operate your Distillery Safely – Gary Yurt (ISTS)
12:00-1:00 PM ET TBA
1:00-1:55 PM ET Microbiological and Biochemical Considerations for Optimized Distillery Operations – Pat Heist (Ferm Solutions) Panel presentation on distribution led by Karen Hoskin (Montanya Distillers) The Fire Protection and Life Safety Challenge – Michael Reardon (Reardon Fire Consulting)
2:00-2:55 PM ET Rye Study – Mike Swanson (Far North Spirits) TBA Effective Brand Marketing & Trademark Compliance – Aaron Wais/Daniel Hayes (Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp), David Bourne (Ignite Beverage Branding)
9:00-9:55 AM ET TBA
10:00-10:55 AM ET Making The Rounds With Gin- Where Are We Headed Next? – Gary Spedding (BDAS LLC) and panel Enhancing Your Digital Transformation Strategy – Emily Pennington (Park Street) IMMINENT ARRIVAL: Building and Fire Code Changes Coming to your Town – Colleen Moore (Dalkita)
11:00-11:55 AM ET TBA Craft Spirits Data Project – Harry Kohlmann (Park Street) Cannabis Today – Paul Hletko (FEW Spirits), Austin Stevenson (Vertosa), Adam Stites (Mirth Provisions), Ryan Malkin (Malkin Law)
3:00-3:55 PM ET TBA – Andrew Fratianni (DuPont)  TBA Living in Excess: The Business and Legal Considerations for Turning Unused Capacity into Revenue – Corey Day/Claire Mitchell (Stoel Rives, LLP), Casey Newman/Cris Steller (Steller Newman Consulting)
4:00-4:55 PM ET TBA TBA A Distillery Disaster: How to be Prepared – Rob Pinson (Waller Law), Paul Steele (Martin & Zerfoss)

*Tentative schedule as of February 26, 2021


2020 Summit

Craft Spirits Virtual Summit: A New Journey
August 11-12, 2020
Summit Education

2019 Convention

Distillers’ Convention & Vendor Trade Show
February 10-12, 2019
The Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis, MN

Convention Education

2018 Convention

Distillers Convention & Vendor Trade Show
March 5–6, 2018
Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Convention Education

2017 Convention

Distillers Convention & Vendor Trade Show
February 16–17, 2017
Renaissance Nashville Hotel, Nashville TN

Convention Education

2016 Convention

Distillers Convention & Vendor Trade Show
February 29–March 2, 2016
Palmer House Hilton Hotel, Chicago, IL

Convention Education

2015 Convention

Distillers Convention & Vendor Trade Show
February 14–16, 2015
Austin, TX

2014 Convention

Distillers Convention & Vendor Trade Show
March 14, 2014
Denver, CO

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