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Saturday, April 18 • 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Show Me the Way to the Next Whiskey Distiller: The Craft Distilling Boom and Distilleries as a Destination

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The last 5 years have seen an explosion in the Craft Distilling Industry that mirrors the boom in other craft food sectors. However the distilling industry faces unique challenges ranging from more stringent laws and regulation to a much lower level of public awareness in comparison to craft beer for example. Nonetheless, craft distilleries are opening at a phenomenal rate and one can now visit distilleries throughout the country, particularly here in New York. The industry has been embraced by tourism and economic development officials not only as a creator of jobs and revenue but as a potential draw for visitors. This panel will discuss the growth of the industry, traveling to and visiting distilleries, and the industry’s place in the travel industry and how they are embracing their new status as a destination.

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David Naczycz

Owner, Urban Oyster
@urbanoysterDavid Naczycz is the owner of Urban Oyster, a local tour and events company that specializes in connecting locals and visitors to unique local businesses. Urban Oyster is also the New York operator for Urban Adventures. David has developed a number of tour and event experiences... Read More →

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Sam Filler

Director of Industry Development, Empire State Development
Sam Filler serves as the Director of Industry Development at Empire State Development, New York State’s chief economic development agency.  For the past few years, Sam has been working closely with the alcoholic beverage industry and policy-makers to implement farm brewery and... Read More →
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Bridget Firtle

Rum Distillery Owner, The Noble Experiment NYC
@tnenycIn 2012, Bridget Firtle founded The Noble Experiment NYC, coupling her passion for rum distilling with her dream of owning her own business. Since then, her distillery and rum, Owney's, have been recognized in top publications. The Noble Experiment NYC was named 'one of America's coole... Read More →
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Daric Schlesselman

Owner, Van Brunt Stillhouse
@vbstillhouseVan Brunt Stillhouse is the creation of DIY obsessed craftsman, Daric Schlesselman. Daric is largely self taught in most endeavors in life and after reading about an artisanal distillery in France crafting brandy in the old world tradition, he was inspired to buy a still on the internet... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Traveler Track (412 - 4rd Floor) 150 W. 83rd St. NY, NY 10024

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