July 20-24th, 2016
New Orleans, Louisiana


Wednesday July 20th
10:00am -11:30pm
When is a Rum not a Rum
Seminar - Sold Out

Ian Burrell, Global Rum Ambassador and Host of "When is a Rum not a Rum

Karen will be assisting the seminar host Ian Burrell with a lively discussion about the definition of rum.

"The Rum category is the most diverse spirits category in the world, and with EVERY rum producing country claiming that their rum is authentic what the hell is a REAL RUM? Global rum category ambassador Ian Burrell invites you to join into what will be a heated debate on rum rules, new definitions, rum shenanigans and the future of rum. If you're a RUM lover, this debate is not to be missed."

Wednesday July 20th
The New American Rum Revolution
Seminar - Sold Out

We will be part of a tasting and presentation about what is happening in American rum.  

Rum was the original American spirit before the Revolution in the 1770s, fueled by cheap and readily accessible molasses coming from the Caribbean colonies. Excessive taxes and political pressure (and a little disagreement with England) changed everything. Finally, the nightmare of prohibition set the final nail in the coffin of the American Rum industry. Nearly a century later, we find craft rum distilleries sprouting up across America at an astounding pace. National, regional and local rums distillers are gaining well-deserved attention -- with many making their mark as true artisan spirits -- winning awards and setting new standards for authentic, hand-made rum.

We'll explore rum's past, taste rum's present and predict rum's future in a seminar hosted by the editors of Robs Rum Guide along with several award-winning American rum distillers.

Thursday July 21st
10:30 am-12:30pm
Cream of the Craft Crop - Liquid Projects, American Distilling Institute
Tasting Room

The Liquid Projects returns to TOTC with the American Distilling Institute to bring you the finest in American artisan distilling. Guests will be afforded the opportunity to meet with master distillers from coast to coast, discuss all matters of process and progress and of course sample these fine spirits in the loveliest room-with-a-view of the Hotel Monteleone, the Vieux Carre!

Thursday July 21st
VIP Luncheon
at Balise - By invitation only

Our own private, invitation-only luncheon hosted by the owner and President of Montanya Distillers - Karen Hoskin - along with Global Brand Ambassador Kyla Ostler, and extra special guests: Montanya's sugar cane growing and milling families from Belle Rose, Louisiana.  

Friday, July 22nd
Indie Spirits that Keep on Rocking
Tasting Room

Join us at this walk around tasting featuring an eclectic collection of small spirits entrepreneurs including distillers, importers and private label bottlers. Join us as we share spirits and our passion for the spirits business. Meet the people who are driven to succeed against all odds in this highly competitive business.  Musical backdrop provided by our man from Boston, Brother Cleve.

Friday, July 22nd
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Celebration of Women in the Spirits Industry

Ever since there were cocktails there have been dames. Strong, confident women that were happy to serve you a drink or kick you out if you’ve had too many. Today there are dames around the world that are shaking up the industry. At the Dame Hall of Fame luncheon, a new class of extraordinary and spirited cocktail women will receive the recognition they deserve. Join us at Ruth’s Chris, a restaurant built by one of the New Orleans’ most legendary dames, Ruth Fertel, as we salute all the dames that are redefining bartending with every shake.

Saturday, July 23rd
BOOK SIGNING: Elevated Cocktails: Craft Bartending with Montanya Rum by Karen Hoskin

At the Hotel Monteleone.

From the beginning, Montanya Distillers of Crested Butte, Colo., has been as much about making great rum cocktails as it is about making great rum. The distillery’s co-founder and mixologist, Karen Hoskin, decided to capture the imagination of the cocktail, along with the beauty of the Colorado mountains, in her new book, “Elevated Cocktails: Craft Bartending with Montanya Rum.” The book includes more than 30 rum cocktail and infusion recipes, along with food pairing ideas and beautiful photography of cocktails and spectacular mountain scenery surrounding the distillery.

“This book captures what I adore: the beauty of Colorado, mountain rum distilled with love, and cocktails that elevate rum to the esteem it deserves,” said Hoskin. “The recipes in this book are a reflection of the creative environment in which we work every day at Montanya. Montanya’s rum bar is our cocktail laboratory and this book allows people to enjoy Montanya rum long after they’ve left our bar."

— Karen Hoskin, author