The Golden State of Cocktails Announces Debut: Three-Day Conference and Celebration of California Cocktail Culture Comes to Los Angeles January 2014!

January 28th, 2013 — 1:17pm

Baltz & Co.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA— January 26th-28th of 2014 will mark the debut of California’s first annual, premiere cocktail celebration: The Golden State of Cocktails. Led by an advisory board of prolific personalities within the cocktail community, the event is designed to both educate and celebrate, reinforcing California’s role as a premier cocktail destination on the global stage.

The Golden State of Cocktails will serve as a hands-on trade show, ceremony and festival for members of the industry and media, and will include a gala celebration for consumers.  All content at The Golden State of Cocktails will be curated by an advisory board of industry 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

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 :P iano 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, Caña Rum Bar, Las Perlas, etc.)

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

In addition to the advisory board, Alex Day and Dave Kaplan from Proprietors LLC will oversee the education component of the event that will feature seminars from the best and brightest in cocktail forum with a focus on hands on, experiential education—the first of its kind at any cocktail conference.

On Sunday, January 27th, a press conference hosted by event producers Skyler Reeves and Allison Levine was held at the Los Angeles Times building to announce the debut of the Golden State of Cocktails to media and industry attendees that included a lineup of speakers from the Advisory Board and an event preview including a DIY bottled cocktail station.

Says Cedd Moses of 213 Ventures:  “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.  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 (Best American High Volume Bar 2011), The Varnish (Best American Cocktail Bar2012), and the Slanted Door (Best American Restaurant Bar2012), 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.”

Events for the Golden State of Cocktails will take place at some of L.A.’s most iconic and historic locations; the line up of scheduled programming will be available summer 2013. See for further updates.

Vanessa Vega, Katie Bonneau, Baltz & Co.