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Josh Durr

Hawthorn Beverage Group
Louisville, KY
It all started in Lawrenceburg, KY home of some of the best Bourbon distilleries in the world, and where Josh grew up. He has been immersed in spirit culture since he was very young, a large portion of his family still works in some capacity for the distilleries in Lawrencerburg & Frankfort KY.

Josh's career began in the service industry working for a myriad of bar concepts ranging from corporate, cocktail bar, nightclub and white table cloth concepts. In 2005 Josh became the marketing director for a small restaurant group (Foundation Group) and began creating creative promotions that gained national attention for the program(s). It was during this time that he started to also develop the cocktail menus and cocktail events at the concepts. These innovative menus and events gained the attention of companies such as Brown Forman & Diageo, who shortly thereafter asked him to consult on their strategies in cocktails and spirits.

By 2006 Josh was working full-time on client projects and had launched the company that would become Hawthorn Beverage Group. For the past 9 years Hawthorn Beverage Group has helped developed brands, bar concepts and events all over the U.S. for some of the top beverage companies and the worlds leading bar and restaurant concepts.

Josh's passions include beverage education, brand building and distance running. He is also the founder and former president of the Kentucky chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild.