Distilled Spirits Council to Showcase American Spirits in Germany

Features 16 Small and Large Distillers at Berlin Bar Convention


The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States today announced that it is sponsoring an export promotion initiative in Berlin, Germany on October 11 and 12 for 16 small and large distillers, designed to showcase American distilled spirits products in one of Europe’s most important markets.

The initiative, supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, features an American Spirits Pavilion at Bar Convent Berlin on October 11 and 12.  The Council will also host a presentation on the first night of the show by Robert Birnecker of KOVAL and Chris Fredrickson of Traverse City Whiskey that will focus on the history of the craft spirits movement and the growth of cocktail culture in the United States.  This presentation, titled “American Craft Spirits on the Rise:  Explore and Taste the Latest Trends in the United States”, will also feature a live cocktail demonstration by renowned U.S. bartender and mixologist Christine Wiseman of House Spirits.

Bar Convent Berlin, one of Europe’s fastest growing bar shows, is a top event for industry executives, beverage buyers and distributors, mixologists and others involved in the beverage alcohol trade throughout Europe. Attendees will be able to preview products from 16 producers, including 12 small distillers, many of whom will feature new brands available for the first time in the German market.

“U.S. distilled spirits are in demand around the world – with Germany and Europe serving as key export markets,” said Distilled Spirits Council Senior Vice President of International Trade Christine LoCascio. “We are excited to showcase an array of products from both large and small American distilleries at Bar Convent Berlin for a fourth straight year. With some of the most iconic spirits in the world, as well as a range of innovative new products, American distillers are truly setting the bar.”

In 2015, the country ranked as the third-largest market for U.S. spirits exporters for the second year in a row, after rising from fourth-largest in 2013.  The value of U.S. distilled spirits exports reached nearly $130 million, up 68 percent since 2005.

The participating distillers include: Brown-Forman (Jack Daniel’s, Woodford Reserve), Beam (Maker’s Mark, Knob Creek), Diageo (Bulleit Bourbon), Campari USA (Wild Turkey), as well as many small distillers from across the U.S., including Catoctin Creek Distillery (VA), Cleveland Whiskey (OH), Deaths Door Distillery (WI), Golden Moon Distillery (CO), House Spirits Distillery (OR), KOVAL Distillery (IL), New Colombia Distillers (DC), Osocalis Distillery (CA), Philadelphia Distilling (PA), Traverse City Whiskey Company (MI), Vodquila (AL), and Vermont Spirits (VT).

The U.S. distilled spirits industry is committed to social responsibility. For those adults who choose to drink, they should do so in moderation and responsibly at all times. For more information: www.drinkinmoderation.org.

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, Inc., prohibits discrimination in its programs on the basis of race, religion, national origin, age, gender, disability, or other protected status.