2014 Annual Spirits Conference & Vendor Expo

  • A packed room for the general session
  • Gary Hinegardner, of Wood Hat Spirits, talks with David O'Neal and Linda Person of the Sidetrack Distillery
  • Keynote speaker Orlin Sorenson of Woodinville Whiskey
  • ADI President Bill Owens answers the phone.
  • Gordon Lung, right, tends the Vendome Copper and Brass Works booth at the vendor expo.
  • Charles Finkel of Pikes Brewery, center.
  • Richard Wolf, of Wolf Consulting, give the State of the Industry address. Things are looking good.
  • Master Distiller Hubert Germain-Robin
  • The Owens Illinois team at their booth.
  • Gin Distilling Workshop at Captive Spirits with Ben Capdevielle.
  • Eyeing a new still.
  • Matt Hofmann of Westland Distillery conducts a Malt Whiskey distilling workshop.
  • Lauren Oscilowski of Glacier Distilling, right, and Wayne Curtis
  • Left to right, Nancy Fraley, ADI Director of Research, Sara Smith of Summer Fruit Cup (UK), and Julia Nourney spirits consultant (Germany)
  • Mike Selberg of Canon Beach Distillery, a one-man operation, accepts the award for Best of Class Rum.
  • Mike Selberg, of Canon Beach Distillery, accepts the award for Best of Class Rum from David Waldoch of Owens Illinois and Andrew Faulkner, ADI Vice President.
  • Darek Bell, left, of Corsair Distillery, accepts the Bubble Cap Award for Distillery of the Year from ADI President Bill Owens.
  • Mhairi Voelsgen, of broVo Spirits, accepts the award for Best of Class Liqueur from Paul Clarke, left, Executive Editor of Imbibe Magazine and ADI Vice President Andrew Faulkner.
  • Robert Hess gives the award for Best of Class Vodka to Stark Vatten Vodka.
  • Auctioneer Kip Toner helped raise $19,000 for the ADI Internship Fund at the Awards Gala.
  • Medals and auction cards
  • President of the Washington State Distillers Guild Steven Stone of Sound Spirits kicks off the Awards Gala.
  • ADI Vice President Andrew Faulkner
  • Auction card frenzy at the Awards Gala
  • The Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Downtown Seattle was packed for the Awards Gala.
  • Holly Robinson and Ben Capdevielle of Captive Spirits poured their Big Gin prior to the Awards Gala.
  • Micah Nutt, left, and Jason Parker of Copperworks Distilling.
  • The Washington State Spirits Tasting prior to the Awards Gala.
  • The Nosing for Faults breakout with ADI Director of Research Nancy Fraley and Julia Nourney, spirits consultant (Germany).
  • The Nosing for Faults breakout
  • Fort Dearborn Company
  • Saver Glass

March 31 – April 2, 2014

There is a movement sweeping the country – a movement challenging the status quo. You know, because you are a part of it. Your hard work has brought new spirits to the marketplace, generated new jobs, increased tourism and created new markets for small farmers. Born with the trailblazers, American Distilling Institute has grown alongside our industry, challenging and reinventing itself as the voice of Craft Distilling.

Distilling has outgrown its nascent status. Clearly a force to be reckoned with this past Spring, more than 900 people descended on Denver for ADI’s 10th Anniversary Spirits Conference. Together, we’re putting craft distilling on the map, and we’re ready to break a new record! ADI is proud to announce that over 1000 people are expected to attended the 2014 national conference in downtown Seattle, WA, next to Pike Place Market, with our home base being the Sheraton Seattle.


Why Washington? Washington has become a hotbed of distillation, with 70 functioning distilleries, 30 under construction, and another 30 in the works. With great pride, ADI announces a partnership with the Washington Distillers Guild to bring the largest gathering of craft distillers to Seattle.

This will be our most exciting conference ever!

Register for the 2014 Conference HERE


2014 Conference Vendor Registration


2014 Judging of Craft American Spirits


Workshops at 2104 Annual Conference