CRAFT: Spirits & Beer (CRAFT) announces today that the second edition of this celebrated namesake trade and consumer event will return to Miami on Jan. 30-31, and will take place at the Fillmore Miami Beach (1700 Washington Avenue). Last year’s CRAFT attracted more than 500 consumers and 400 artisanal spirits and beers from around the United States. This year the program will focus on dedicated days, which target trade and consumer audiences’ respectively. The resolve is a show that is focused on networking and education, while conveying the integrity, passion and tradition that is CRAFT.
CRAFT’s inaugural show in 2013 drew some of the industry’s most buzzed-about spirit and beer makers with the second edition boasting an equally great line up including St. George Spirits, Kilchoman Distillery, Sorrel Hibiscus Liqueur, J. Wakefield Brewing, Balcones Distilling, Cliffton Dry Cider and High West.
A complimentary trade day will kick off CRAFT on Fri., Jan. 30, dedicated to artisanal vendor tastings and in-depth panel discussions. Panel discussions follow the tasting hours of noon to 3:00 p.m. and begin with industry-important topics like How to Choose the Right Distributor and Florida Beverage Law 101 with Ryan Malkin (3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.).
“It is great to see the craft industry’s growth over this past year,” says Jennifer Massolo, founder of CRAFT. “Industry predictions show an upswing for new-on-the-scene producers of vermouth from Spain and the United States as well as an increase in agave-based spirits. We have seen expressed interest from these sectors of exhibitors and are excited to welcome brands like Quady Vermouth for the first time.”
On Sat., Jan. 31, CRAFT will open-to-the-public, showcasing an amplified afternoon that will fill the senses with artisanal spirits, beers, cocktails and food pairings. “Craft cool” will be captured in traditional and non-traditional approaches. A culinary sampling with some of the city’s most authentic eats include Cypress Room and Jeremiah Bullfrog, each which will prepare complementing bites alongside nine select mixologists to offer the perfect cocktail and food pairing. These booths will be flanked by other spirits and artisanal food vendors along with complementing lifestyle concepts ranging from tobacco companies to barber shops.
Tickets for the consumer, Tasting Gallery, Jan. 31 experience can be purchased for $65 per person for general admission (4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) or $85 per person for VIP admission (3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.). Trade tasting entrance is complimentary with pre-registration via the CRAFT website or current proof of employment. To purchase tickets, for more information, or to get involved in the second edition of CRAFT, please visit www.craftspiritsandbeer.com.