2021 South American Spirits Summit

Craft Distilling Renaissance is happening all over the world. The South American Spirits (Virtual) Summit will consist of five each one hour long presentations on Pisco, Gin, Rum, Agave and Whiskey. The Summit will conclude with a panel discussion from participants on the challenges and reward of being a distiller in the region.

Pisco 9-10 am PST, 2-3 pm CLST


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Pisco Moderator Ivy Mix Leyenda Brooklyn, NY Ivy Mix is Co-Owner of Leyenda, her pan-Latin cocktail bar in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, backed by her long-time mentor, Julie Reiner. Leyenda pays tribute to her years of living and bartending in Guatemala, as well as extensive travels throughout all of Latin America. Leyenda has won many awards and has been recognized as being one of the best bars in America by Eater, GQ, Thrillist and others. Her book Spirits of Latin America was published in Spring of 2020.
Pisco Speaker Romina Puente-Arnao Pisco Capurro Bay Area
Pisco Speaker Juan Carlos Ortuzar Waqar Pisco Craft Distillery Tulahuen, Chile Juan is one of the owners Pisco Waqar. Pisco Waqar is produced in the Tulahuen distillery in northern Chile.

Gin 10-11 am PST, 3-4 pm CLST


Gin Moderator Alejandro Conejero Fitzroy Spirits Santiago, Chile Alejandro Conejero is the founder of Fitzroy Spirits in Santiago, Chile and current President of the Chilean Association of Gin Distillers.
Gin Speaker Tato Giovannoni Bar Floreria Atlantico Buenos Aires, Argentina Tato is a bartender, entrepeneur and creator of Principe de los Apostoles Gin in Argentina. He also runs Floreria Atlantico in Buenos Aires, one of the best 50 bars of the world.
Gin Speaker Karena de Lecaros James London to Lima Spirits Lima, Peru

Rum 11-12 am PST, 4-5 pm CLST


An overview of rum styles including aguardiente, cachaça, and rums made from many different forms of cane sugar.  Obstacles to craft distilling, being that there are monopolies or state control in many countries. I know of about two other small distilleries here in Panamá, have seen some in Brasil, and know of one or two in other countries. Curious fact is sugar cane is grown in essentially every country in South America except Chile.

Rum Speaker Brad Kraus Pedro Mandinda Rum Panama City Brad is the founder and owner of La Rana Dorada brewery and Pedro Mandinga Rum Distillery We also have a short video (1 min) on our website, pedromandinga.com

Agave 12-1 am PST, 5-6 pm CLST


Agave Moderator Eric Zandona American Distilling Institute Vancouver, WA
Agave Speaker Marco Suarez Aqara Agave Spirit Lima, Peru Marco Suarez was born in Caraz –Place of Agaves, in Quechua language–, in the Peruvian Andes. After a significant corporate life, he returned to Caraz to develop a postponed project: to set up an Agave Distillery at 7400 feet above sea level, at the foot of the snow-capped mountains.
Agave Speaker Eliot Logan-Hines Andean Spirits Quito, Ecuador Eliot Logan-Hines is the founder and CEO of Andean Spirits, the makers of CHAWAR. Eliot has worked for over 15 years in forest conservation and sustainable agriculture throughout Latin America. Eliot received his master’s in environmental management from Yale University. He has lived in Ecuador for the past ten years learning and working alongside indigenous communities in the Amazon and the Andes. He is passionate about plants, plant medicine, and indigenous knowledge.
Agave Speaker Diego Mora Agave Spirit Ecuador Quito, Ecuador
Agave Speaker Carlos Enrique Cuarta Chicago, Il

Whiskey 1-2 am PST, 6pm CLST


Whiskey Speaker Michael Kuryla Black Whiskey Lima, Peru Michael Kuryla is the owner of the black whiskey company in Lima, Peru. He is the distiller of Black Whiskey, made with peruvian blue corn which has grown for centuries in the peruvian Andes.
Whisky Speaker Lila Serenelli La Alazana Whisky Chubut, Argentina Lila Serenelli is Master Distiller at La Alazana Distillery in Chubut, Argentina where they produce the first craft single malt whisky in Argentina.

Panel 2-3 am PST, 7-8 pm CLST


Moderated by Alejandro Conejero, a discussion on the unique qualities of spirits produced in South America