Day 1: Saturday 7 March, 2020

Stage 1: Tastings

13:00 / Tasting

How to Taste and Nose Spirits Like an Expert (in English and in German)

Emmanuel Rosier

Emmanuel Rosier

Born in the Beaujolais region, French sommelier Emmanuel Rosier is a world traveller who reached the finals in the German Sommelier Championship in 2017. Since 2018, Manu and his partner run the restaurant Almgasthof Windischgrätzhöhe in Bad Gastein, Austria.

14:00 / Tasting

Destillation, Mazeration, Botanicals und Gin selber machen?

Markus Shimizu - Nordbrand Nordhausen

Ludwig Schlak

Ludwig Schlak has been a distiller at Nordbrand Nordhausen since 2016 and is currently active in product development.

15:00 / Tasting

Gibt es Zucker in meinem Drink?

Verband zuckerfreier Destillateure

Arno Dirker

On 27 May 2019, the "Verband zuckerfreier Destillateure" (association of sugar-free distillers) was founded in Mömbris under the leadership of Arno Josef Dirker and Severin Simon. They want spirits that have been produced entirely without sugar to be allowed to be called "dry" within the framework of the EU spirits regulation.

16:00 / Tasting

Low Sugar Cocktails. A declaration of love (in English)

Filip Bochenski - Fabelei Bar

Filip Bochenski

Filip Bochenski is Head Bartender at Fabelei, which he founded with Anastasia Schöck. The Fabelei is a bright cocktail bar in Berlin Schöneberg, which cultivates aperitif culture and serves cocktail stories.

17:00 / Tasting

Ming River? Baijiu für Erwachsene!

Matthias Heger - Mingriver

Matthias Heger

Matthias Heger fell in love with Baijiu during his stays in China, together with Simon Dang, Bill Isler and Derek Sandhaus he brought Ming River to life.

Stage 2: Lectures and panel discussions

13:30 / Lecture

Von "Aqua ardens" bis Alkopop: Eine kurze Geschichte der Spirituosen

Werner Albrecht - BMEL

Werner Albrecht

Werner Albrecht is the head of the Department of Wine, Beer, Beverage Industry at the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

14:30 / Lecture

Von der Heimat der Craft-Destillen

Friedrich Springob - Kleinbrennerei

Friedrich Springob

Friedrich Springob is a humanities scholar and, as far as spirits are concerned, an autodidact. As an editor of the trade journal Kleinbrennerei he has already discovered many true spirits treasures.

15:30 / Lecture

Dirker Edelbrennerei

Arno Dirker - Dirker Edelbrennerei

Arno Dirker

Arno Josef Dirker started distilling schnapps in the mid-1980s – initially as a hobby. In 2019 he was awarded the gold medal for the best distiller in Germany by the Ministry of Agriculture as part of the DLG award.

16:30 / Lecture

Japanese Gin and Botanical Spirits Crafted by the Samurai Soul

Munehiro Sata & Yoshiko Ueno-Müller - Akayane Distillery

Yoshiko Ueno-Müller

Yoshiko Ueno-Müller is the CEO of UENO GOURMET and distributes the products of Akayane distillery in Europe.

Munehiro Sata

The Owner of AKAYANE is obsessed by distillation. With 9 different custom-made potstils, he captures the flavours of Japan in Sweet Potato Shochu.

17:30 / Lecture

How to Drink Green? (in English)

Erwan Castain - Pimlica & Jan-Peter Wulf - nomyblog

Erwan Castain

Eleonore Tavernier and Erwan Castain founded Pimlica to help companies to become sustainable. Erwan has also a predilection for spirits and is behind the vodka ORBE.

Jan-Peter Wulf

Jan-Peter Wulf writes for gastronomy magazines and is co-founder of the magazine DAS FILTER and the agency More Than Words. As publisher of the online magazine nomyblog, he reports on topics, trends and tips relating to gastronomy.

Day 2: Sunday 8 March, 2020

Stage 1: Tasting

13:00 / Tasting

Zuckerrohr = Rum = süß?

Dirk Becker - Rum Fest Berlin

Dirk Becker

Dirk Becker has founded the Rum Fest Berlin, is the owner of the Rum Club Berlin which also organizes seminars and tastings, blogger on "Drum Rum", connoisseur and a travelling jury member when it comes to rum tastings.

14:00 / Tasting

Warum Rum die komplexeste Spirituose der Welt ist und woran man Nieten erkennt

Nicolas Kröger - Bar Wagemut

Nicolas Kröger

Spirits expert and bartender Nicolas Kröger run the retail store Rum Depot in Berlin Schöneberg, 2018 he opened the bar Wagemut in Kreuzberg. Under the label N. Kröger fine spirits he also produces his own spirits.

15:00 / Tasting

Craft News from Quebec (in English)

Discover extraordinary Gins from Quebec! Gin St. Laurent (Distillerie du St. Laurent) Gin Sauvage (Distillerie Cirka) Gin KM12 (Distillerie du Fjord) Gin Les Herbes Folles (La Société secrète distillerie artisanale)

Jean-François Cloutier

Jean-François Cloutier is the president of the Association des Micro-distilleries du Québec and at the same time founder and production manager of the Distillerie du St. Laurent.

16:00 / Tasting

All About Shrubs. Das Einmaleins der essiggesäuerten Fruchtsirupe

Damien Guichard - Truffle Pig Bar

Damien Guichard

Born in France, Damien Guichard came to Berlin as a translator for English and French, who wanted to improve his German language skills. Above all, he gained knowledge of bars, spirits and cocktails. He now is the head bartender at Truffle Pig.

17:00 / Tasting

The Magic of Koji Behind Sake and Shochu: What You Can Learn from Traditional Japanese Fermentation Methods (in English)

Eriko Jitsukata & Markus Shimizu - UENO GOURMET

Eriko Jitsukata

Eriko Jitsukata is sake sommeliere and a true expert in rice wine from Japan.

Markus Shimizu

Markus Shimizu is the founder of Mimi Ferments. He grew up in Japan and studied art in Düsseldorf. In Berlin he dedicated himself to the Japanese kitchen craft of fermentation.

Stage 2: Lectures and Panel Discussions

13:30 / Lecture

Mainland-Whiskies: So finden Sie sich in einem Post-Brexit Europa zurecht

Bernd Schäfer - Master of the Quaich

Bernd Schäfer

Bernd Schäfer is a food and spirits consultant, he has worked as juror for spirit competitions and has held lectures on whisky for many years. In 1996 he became a Keeper of the Quaich, in 2007 a Master. Bernd Schäfer is co-founder of the European Network of Spirit Experts.

14:30 / Lecture

Pure Spirits Floating in a Sea of Cocktails (in English)

Jon Cooper - Beavis Bar

Jon Cooper

Trained photographer Rik Lusing met American pub owner Jon Cooper in France where they realized they share a passion for unique spirits. This brought them to Berlin where they opened a tasting bar for the finest distillates in 2018. The Beavis Bar now have 800 craft spirits in their "library", 2019 it won the "Farm to Shaker Bar" award.

15:30 / Lecture

300 Jahre Trinkkultur in Berlin

Peter Eichhorn

Peter Eichhorn

Peter Eichhorn lives and loves Berlin as an independent food journalist. He explores the fermenting vats, barrel cellars and distilleries of the world and acts as presenter and juror for beverage and bar competitions.

16:30 / Lecture

Der Natur auf die Finger geschaut – was ist eigentlich ein Aroma?

Kai Oliver Binder - Wild Flavors

Kai Oliver Binder

Kai Oliver Binder, food technologist from Berlin, has had close professional ties to flavours for more than 25 years.

17.30 / Lecture

Bar Blogger Forum

Robert Schröter - ArtisanBar.Camp & Liv Fleischhacker - berlindrinks.de & Alexandra Buhler - barstalker.de

Robert Schröter

As Mixology author, bartender, bar operator and organizer of the Craft Cocktails Festival, Robert Schröter is mashing up the Berlin bar scene. He is also in charge for artisanbar.camp und the podcasts "Cocktailende Nachtschwärmer" und Eastern Shakes.

Liv Fleischhacker

Liv Fleischhacker has worked as a food and drinks writer since 2014, she co-runs the bar blog Berlin Drinks. Liv is also the co-founder of the Jewish food festival Nosh Berlin.

Alexandra Bühler

Alexandra Bühler is an IT-Specialist and drink connoisseur who is traveling the world, tasting drinks and writing about it on barstalker.de

Curated by Valerie Chartrain, www.spiritsfully.com