American Whiskey Comes Home: Philadelphia Hosts the American Whiskey Convention. A Celebration of All Things Whiskey

Up until prohibition, Pennsylvania was at the heart of American Rye whiskey production. Pennsylvania grew the grains, distilled the spirits and distributed whiskey to the entire nation. Today, there is an American whiskey renaissance happening, and once again, Pennsylvania is taking center stage.

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Whiskey Comes Home: American Whiskey Convention (PRNewsFoto/Delaware Valley Fields Foundation)

On March 25th, Philadelphia is hosting the country’s most exciting distilleries as they highlight their best bourbons and American whiskeys. Organized by the Delaware Valley Fields Foundation, the American Whiskey Convention will draw distillers from all over the country to showcase their bourbons and American whiskeys. Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies, in Philadelphia PA is the backdrop for this celebration of American whiskey. Working together with farmers and other local non-profits, the Foundation hopes to bring attention to the vital role of small farming in their respectiver communities. (Purchase tickets here.)american_whiskey_black_center_glass2

The event is more than a grand tasting. On hand will be local farmers and malt houses to talk about the role they play in the production of whiskey. Artisans will demonstrate their whiskey-related creations. Master distillers Herman Mihalich, of Dad’s Hat and Dave Pickerell, the man behind Whistle Pig and many others, will host discussion classes for whiskey connoisseurs. Sarah Milne, of Heaven Hill, will hosts a Whiskey 101 tasting for those who are new to whiskey. Mixologists from TwistedTail will be teaching attendees how to make great whiskey cocktails. The on-site Victory Special Order Lounge will highlight whiskeys not found on PA liquor store shelves.

Herman Mihalich is both founder and distiller of Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey. Originally from Monessen, Pennsylvania, Miihalich’s ’s family roots led him to establish Mountain Laurel Spirits in Bristol back in 2011. He has led the way in reviving Pennsylvania’s rich rye whiskey heritage with straight rye whiskeys that have recreated a true Pennsylvania style that had disappeared for over two decades. All of their grain is locally sourced and he has been instrumental in supporting rye farming and grain development in Pennsylvania.

Dave Pickerell nicknamed as the “Johnny Appleseed” of the American craft whiskey movement. After 14 years as master distiller with Makers Mark, Pickerell has become a consultant for many small craft distilleries. He has had a hand in establishing award winning American whiskey brands such as Whistle Pig, Hillrock Estates, Corsair, and even George Washington’s Rye Whiskey, which was recreated using 18th century techniques at the newly restored Mt. Vernon distillery. He is a chemist, an engineer, an educator and a fountain of knowledge for the American whiskey industry.

We’ve been fortunate to work with so many great partners – the distillers themselves, the Phillies, Sugarhouse Casino, Victory Motorcycles, PLCB and so many more. It has been a collaborative effort to create this spectacular event that puts Pennsylvania and Philadelphia back at the center of the American Whiskey map,” Fields continues.

Whiskey 101

This is a class designed for the whiskey newcomer. Its a great starting point for anyone interested in whiskeys and bourbons. Learn the differences between different types of whiskey. Learn how its made, how to smell and how to taste it. This class is a great introduction for anyone who wants to learn more about whiskey but didn’t now where to start. Continue reading

Bloomberg Businessweek Announced First List of Bloomberg Businessweek Design 2016 Headliners

Speakers and Headliners Include Yves Béhar, Stephen Burks, Stewart Butterfield, Dominique Crenn, Craig Dykers, Rosanne Haggerty, Daniel Libeskind And More

Bloomberg Businessweek announced the developing lineup of speakers for Bloomberg Businessweek Design 2016, its fourth annual design conference, to be held on Monday, April 11, 2016, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, CA. The day-long event will bring together the world’s top designers and business leaders to explore how design makes the world better, smarter, cooler, and more innovative.

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Bloomberg Businessweek Design 2016 will be on April 11, 2016 in San Francisco (PRNewsFoto/Bloomberg Businessweek)

Bloomberg Businessweek Design highlights the intersection of design, technology and business, and draws attendees from every industry that relies on design to help clients and consumers reimagine how we experience the world —app development, ecommerce, graphic design, data visualization, genomics, art, architecture, fashion, cuisine, urban planning and more.

The all-star presenters confirmed for Bloomberg Businessweek Design 2016 to date include:

VICKI DOBBS BECK Executive in Charge, ILMxLAB @ILMVFX
YVES BÉHAR
 Founder, fuseproject and CCO, Jawbone @yvesbehar
IDA C. BENEDETTO Co-founder, Sextantworks @idamantium
NEAL BENEZRA
 Director, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art @SFMOMA
JANINE BENYUS Co-founder, Biomimicry 3.8 @JanineBenyus
BAIJU BHATT Co-founder, Robinhood @bprafulkumar
STEPHEN BURKS 
Principal/ Creative Director, Stephen Burks Man Made
STEWART BUTTERFIELD
 Co-founder and CEO, Slack and Co-founder, Flickr @stewart
JANE CHEN Co-founder and CEO, Embrace @embracewarmer
JAMES CORNER, Founder and Director, James Corner Field Operations @fieldoperations
DOMINIQUE CRENN
 Chef and Co-owner, Atelier Crenn @dominiquecrenn
CRAIG DYKERS Founding Partner and Executive Director, Snøhetta  @snohetta
MARIA GIUDICE Vice President, Autodesk @mgiudice
ROSANNE HAGGERTY 
President and CEO, Community Solutions  @cmtysolutions
GEORGE HOTZ 
Founder, Comma.ai
DANIEL LIBESKIND Principal Design Architect, Studio Libeskind @DanielLibeskind
HELEN MARRIAGE 
Co-founder and Artistic Director, Artichoke @artichoketrust
MICHAEL ROCK 
Founding Partner and Creative Director, 2×4 @2×4
BRAD SEWELL 
Founder, Campaign @campaign_living
OSKAR SMOLOKOWSKI CEO, Impossible Project @Impossible_HQ
PAUL TAZEWELL 
Costume designer @paulgtazewell
KEN WONG 
Lead Designer, ustwo @kenwongart

and more to be announced soon

Design is central to business,” said Ellen Pollock, editor of Bloomberg Businessweek, who will emcee the conference. “Designers are consummate problem-solvers, devising elegant, often profitable, solutions, which makes them business people’s natural allies. At Bloomberg Businessweek Design some of the world’s best designers and most forward-thinking business executives can learn from one another how to create beauty, efficiency and value.”

Bloomberg Businessweek Design 2015 Magazine Cover

Bloomberg Businessweek Design 2015 Magazine Cover

The April 11, 2016 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek – available in print, online, and on tablet and mobile devices – will be a special double Design Issue devoted to the presenters and ideas that will come to life at the conference. Bloomberg Businessweek Design 2016 will be covered across various Bloomberg platforms, including www.Bloomberg.com, Bloomberg TV, Bloomberg Radio, Facebook, Twitter (@BW, #BWDesign2016), and the Bloomberg Businessweek+ app. 

Bloomberg Businessweek has been internationally recognized for its innovative design and surprising covers, winning numerous distinctions from The Society of Publication Designers, Creative Review, ASME (American Society of Magazine Editors), D&AD (Design and Art Direction), Type Directors Club and Art Directors Club, among others.

Information about Bloomberg Businessweek Design 2016‘s speakers, schedule and ticket purchases can be found at: www.bloombergbusinessweekdesign.com/. Follow conference developments at #BWDESIGN2016.