5:30 – 7:00 PM
1) Noah Rothbaum
2) Fred Minnick
3) Dane Huckelbridge
7:00 – 8:30 PM
1) Heather Greene
2) Jaime Joyce
3) David Haskell
8:30 – 10:00 PM
1) Lew Bryson
2) Clay Risen
3) Peter Fornatale
Noah Rothbaum is the author of the new book The Art of American Whiskey: A Visual History of the Nation’s Most Storied Spirit, through 100 Iconic Labels, and the associate editor of the forthcoming The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails. In addition, Rothbaum is a spirits and cocktails columnist for The Daily Beast and the Wall Street Journal. His first book, The Business of Spirits: How Savvy Marketers, Innovative Distillers, and Entrepreneurs Changed How We Drink, was published in 2007.
Wall Street Journal best-selling author Fred Minnick wrote the award-winning Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch and Irish Whiskey. Minnick writes about whiskey for Covey Rise, Whisky Advocate, and Whisky magazine. He is the “bourbon authority” for the Kentucky Derby Museum and regularly appears in the mainstream media, including CBS This Morning, Esquire, Forbes, and NPR.
Heather Greene is a world-leading spirit expert, media’s “go-to” thinker on the topic of brown spirits, and the author of Whiskey Distilled, A Populist Guide to the Water of Life on Viking Studio, an imprint of Random House Penguin. She was The Director of Whiskey Education and sommelier at The Flatiron Room in Manhattan from 2012-2014 where her classes sold out regularly. She is an award-winning ambassador, the first American Woman to Serve on the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Edinburgh, and celebrated writer — her book was shortlisted in the New York Times as well as being selected by Tales of the Cocktail as one of the ten best spirits books of the year. She travels extensively throughout the world teaching and consulting, and is working on her second book in addition to her columns in Eater and CNBC. She appears nationally on media outlets such as CBS This Morning, Bloomberg News, Fox, The Food Network, and MSNBC.
Jaime Joyce is the author of Moonshine: A Cultural History of America’s Infamous Liquor. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, Saveur, Edible Manhattan, Edible Brooklyn, and Washingtonian, as well as on BuzzFeed, the Atlantic online, and The Big Roundtable, a website for long-form narrative nonfiction. She earned her master’s degrees at Bank Street College of Education and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is an editor at Time Inc. and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
David Haskell is co-founder of Kings County Distillery, New York City’s oldest whiskey distillery, and co-writer of The Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining and the forthcoming Dead Distillers, both by Abrams. He is also Deputy Editor of New York Magazine.
Lew Bryson has written about beer and spirits since 1995. His most recent book is Tasting Whiskey (Storey Publishing, 2014) and he has also written four brewery guidebooks from Stackpole Books. He was also the Managing Editor of Whisky Advocate magazine from 1996 to 2015 and is the author of several notable blogs about beer and spirits. Bryson won the Michael Jackson Beer Journalism Award in 2008 and was voted Philly’s Best Beer Writer by the readers of Philly Beer Scene magazine in 2012. He lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with his wife, Cathy. They have two adult children and two Welsh corgis.
Bestselling author Peter Thomas Fornatale has spent a good part of the last two decades drinking in Brooklyn. He’s also been a publishing professional in that time frame at Simon and Schuster and Random House. He took cocktail classes from legendary New York bartender (and author) Dale DeGroff and spent a summer supporting a horseracing habit by bartending at the acclaimed Chez Sophie in Saratoga Springs. Cocktails are literally in his blood: his grandfather, John T. Flynn, was a brand manager at Seagram’s for many decades. He is also a site coordinator at The Park Slope CSA, putting him in close touch with the best local ingredients (and the people who buy them).