Media Contact: Anne-Sophie Whitehead, ADI Conference Director

HAYWARD, CA — The American Distilling Institute (ADI) this week announces the opening of early registration for the upcoming Craft Spirits & Vendor Expo, to be held in-person this year August 23–25, in Louisville, KY.

This will be the first in-person conference to be held by any organization in the craft spirits industry since February 2020.

“ADI is thrilled to be returning once again to Louisville,” said Erik Owens, President of ADI. “Louisville is an ideal location for ADI’s annual conference and expo — it’s surrounded by historical distilleries and the Bourbon Trail, and it’s also home to an expanding craft distilling scene. The people of Louisville have welcomed us many times before, and we look forward to being back this year.”

The Conference will offer more than 40 breakout sessions and host over 170 Expo vendors and suppliers, as well as multiple regional distillery tours and our-first ever, full-day Bourbon Summit during the week.

“Louisville is the heart of our craft and an iconic destination for our constituents,” said ADI Conference Director Anne-Sophie Whitehead. “It is a pleasure and an honor for us to be able to return for another successful gathering of the industry and pay homage to the men and women who carry on our beautiful tradition.”

Even as the COVID-19 pandemic begins to wind down, ADI remains committed to ensuring the health and safety of our attendees. Conference organizers will follow strict safety guidelines, as recommended by the CDC and local health officials (and that remain in place by the time of the meeting). These include plentiful hand sanitizer stations, strategic seating arrangements for breakout sessions, and careful food-handling procedures that will limit potential exposure while still maintaining the sense of comfort and familiarity ADI conferences are known for.

To register now and take advantage of the Early Bird discount, or to find out more about this year’s speakers and events, visit