GSN’s editor Blair Frodelius recently attended the premier edition of BevCon Charleston. Designed as a showcase for all manner of potable liquids, there was a lot to take in and enjoy. Focusing primarily on what is termed “craft” beverages, attendees had the chance to sample locally roasted coffees, teas, sodas, beer, spirits and foods, along with sessions devoted to ciders, wine, amaros and aperitifs, and industry focused discussions. Along with the general programs, each evening allowed for tasting sessions, parties held at local bars and even a distillery event a few blocks away. As a bonus to early attendees, there were opportunities to try one of a variety of local excursions.
All in all, it was an extremely well lubricated event, with everything going according to plan and a lot of fun for attendees. What made it especially enjoyable, was that virtually everything was within walking distance, all seminars were in one hotel and attendance was capped. Thus, no need to take a taxi or Uber, no crowds to wade through, and a guaranteed seat at every seminar. As Blair said, “I look forward to my next visit and seeing my new friends in Charleston!”
For more information, go to: BevConChs
Here’s a photo recap of some of the highlights from BevCon.
Greeted by a rainbow from my hotel room at the Hyatt Place on King St.
The bar at Prohibition, my new favorite discovery!
On board the Schooner Pride in Charleston Bay for a rum excursion with Wayne Curtis.
Lunch at Pearlz Oyster Bar
BevCon party at High Wire Distilling
The BBQ at High Wire Distilling
Opening seminar: What Is Craft?
Amaro Tasting Session
Endless sandwiches for lunch made by a local restaurant
Swag from a session (stress bunny)
Fall/Winter Beverage Tasting Session
Daiquiri from Pierre Ferrand rum session
Getting silly during the wine tasting seminar
Virgil Kaine’s Ashcat Blended Bourbon release party cocktail at Proof on King St.
Derek Brown wows the crowd with stories about D.C. cocktails