‘Golden State of Cocktails’ Debuts January 2014 – New Industry Conference and Celebration of California Cocktail Culture Comes to Downtown L.A. January 27-30

January 30th, 2014 — 1:36pm

Baltz & Co.
Press Release

Los Angeles, California — January 27-30, 2014, will mark the debut of California’s first annual, premiere cocktail celebration: Golden State of Cocktails.  Led by an advisory board of prolific personalities within the cocktail community, the four-day conference and festival is designed to both educate and celebrate with events includingspecialty themed seminars, interactive demonstrations, evening bar crawls, and a grand finale party, reinforcing California’s role as a premier cocktail destination on the global stage.

The Golden State of Cocktails will serve as a hands-on tradeshow, ceremony and festival for members of the industry and media, curated by an advisory board of experts including:

Dave Bernahl:  Co-Founder of Coastal Luxury Management (Pebble Beach Food & Wine, Harvest Farm-to-Table, Cannery Row Brewing Company, 1833 Restaurant in Monterey)

Jeffrey Best:  Best Events

Erick Castro:  Cocktail programs at Bourbon & Branch and Rickhouse (San Francisco), owner of Polite Provisions (San Diego)

Bill Chait:  Sprout Restaurant Group

Aidan Demarest:  Owner neat spirits bar Glendale and Liquid Assets Consulting, San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Sporting Life Los Angeles Board member

Daniel Djang:  Founder of Thirsty in LA, Content Manager for discoverlosangeles.com

H. Joseph Ehrmann: Proprietor of Elixir, President of Cocktail Ambassadors, President of Barbary Coast Conservancy of the American Cocktail, Executive Director of San Francisco Cocktail Week

Simon Ford:  Co-Founder/President of The 86 Company

Mark Houston & Jonnie Houston:  Piano Bar, Harvard & Stone, La Descarga and Pour Vous

Heidi Linnebach:  Los Angeles Times, TASTE and Spirits of the Times

Jared Meisler:  Owner of Bar Lubitsch, The Roger Room and The Pikey

Cedd Moses:  Founder of 213 Ventures (The Varnish, Seven Grand, Cana Rum Bar, Las Perlas, and more)

David Nepove: USBG National President, Director of Mixology, Southern Wine & Spirits Northern California

David Othenin-Girard:  K&L Wine Merchant’s Spirits Department

Nathan Stanton:  Consortium Holdings

Stacey Sun:  Dine LA Director

“California is home to both a rich cocktail history—from the Moscow Mule to the Tiki genre—and some of the most acclaimed bar programs in the country right now,” said Cedd Moses of 213 Ventures.  “From San Diego to San Francisco, California bars have won the top three categories in the last two years at Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards including Rickhouse, The Varnish, and the Slanted Door, reflecting the breadth of our homegrown talent.  The Golden State of Cocktails strives to celebrate and expand this role as a leader in the industry.”

Educational Programming (Industry Only)

Thehistoric Los Angeles Times building—with Mid-Century modern era bars, office spaces, event rooms and panoramic views of the City of Angels—will hostover 100 educational gatheringsled bysome of the best innovators and tastemakers in the cocktail industry.  The first of its kind at any cocktail conference, the educationalcomponent will focus on hands-on, experiential demonstrations, including take away stations, a Golden State bar and lounge, brand immersion and labs including: 

Cognac in Cocktails: From historic roots to contemporary takes on classic cognac cocktails, re-imagine the classic French brandy through a hands-on lab.

I’m Here for the Toys: Alex Day and Don Lee demystify the fanciest toys in the bar business including the centrifuge, sonic jam, sous vide, vacuum, isi, and roto-vap.

How to Avoid an Audit: Led by the KBKG accounting firm, learn how to use good practices to avoid an audit in your bar/restaurant.

Bartend Forever: Presented by a leading physical therapist, learn about preventative steps and exercise/stretches to stay protectedfrom injury.

Built for Speed:  In a busy bar, every second counts. This lab, led by the fastest bartenders in the West, will share their expertise on how to maximize efficiencies by using careful bar design and preparation methods that can make or break a business.

Opening Bars:  An entire series of labs spotlights the ins and outs of opening a venue. Learn what it takes to make a dream a reality from fundraising to operations.

Flavor Bouncing:  Combining ingredients and flavors in new and unique ways can be a challenge. This lab shares the science behind “Flavor Bouncing” and how to use various flavor combinations to create distinctive drink recipes.

Festival Events (Industry & Consumers)

Evening Bar Crawls

The Golden State of Cocktails will lead a tasting tour on January 27 & January 28 of bespoke bar crawls focusing on the Hollywood/Silver Lake and Downtown Los Angeles.  Each night will include 6-10 bar destinations featuring guest bartenders, special tastings/pairings, and entertainment.

Grand Finale Party

Presented in partnership with the Los Angeles Times,the evening of January 30 marks the conference’s finale feteand ultimate tribute to the Golden State hosted atthe iconic Union Station.  Consumers and industry will unite to experience the best of what California has to offerwithsignature cocktails and food fromthe areas celebrated bars, restaurants, bartenders, and chefs.

Please visithttp://Goldenstateofcocktails.comfor complete ticketing information and to submit industry applications.