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Saturday, July 18 • 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Maryland Rye: Its History and Future

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Rye was once a powerhouse of the whiskey world, but America’s changing palates and Prohibition put an end to that...until now. Thanks to the current craft spirits renaissance and an army of cocktail focused bartenders, rye and the classic libations it inspired have made a triumphant comeback. “Maryland Rye” once existed as a beloved and widely marketed style appreciated throughout the country, as storied in its history as Kentucky’s own bourbon.

How did such a booming industry slowly get proofed out of national prominence? How do we recognize and support new craft whiskies with a sense of place and purpose? We’ll explore some of the social, agricultural and economic forces that wiped this distinct regional style of a great American spirit off the face of the earth.

Join Baltimore bartender Doug Atwell (managing partner, Rye) as he leads a discussion on the appeal and process of bringing Maryland rye back from the brink of extinction. This seminar will feature the expert opinions of owner-distillers Allen Katz (New York Distilling Company and Baltimore native), Ned Wight (New England Distilling Company) and Ben Lyon (Lyon Distilling Company).

This seminar will also feature a historic Maryland punch, whiskey tastings, and the first public industry tasting of New York Distilling Co.’s Ragtime Rye.

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Doug Atwell

Managing Partner, Rye
Doug Atwell is managing partner and head bartender of Rye in Baltimore. A Maryland native and veteran bartender, he spent several years researching the cocktail culture taking hold in other cities before opening Rye in 2011. In its first three years, Rye has gathered accolades from... Read More →

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Allen Katz

Co-Founder, New York Distilling Company
Allen Katz is the co-founder of the New York Distilling Company in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where he produces Dorothy Parker – American Gin, Perry’s Tot – Navy-Strength Gin, Chief Gowanus – New-Netherland Gin, Mister Katz’s Rock & Rye…and Ragtime Rye. He is also the Director... Read More →
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Bernie Lubbers

The Whiskey Professor, Heaven Hill Brands
Known as The Whiskey Professor, Bernie Lubbers is the Global Whiskey Ambassador for the family owned and operated Heaven Hill located in Bardstown and Louisville, KY; the largest American owned bourbon company, and holders of 25% of the world's aging bourbon. He hosts the popular... Read More →
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Ben Lyon

Distiller // Co-Owner // Plumber-in-Chief, Lyon Distilling Co.
Ben is the co-owner and distiller at the Lyon Distilling Company, and in December of 2014, proudly released the first batch of rye whiskey distilled in Maryland in over 40 years. In addition to reviving Maryland's illustrious history in rye, Ben also makes a signature line of rums... Read More →
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Ned Wight

Owner-Distiller, New England Distilling
Ned is the founder and distiller at New England Distilling in Portland, Maine. He is a sixth generation distiller, whose family began producing rye whiskey in Maryland back in the 1850’s. Ned has been brewing and distilling professionally and otherwise for more than 20 years... Read More →

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Lyon Distilling Company

Lyon Distilling Company
Lyon Distilling Company is proud to be a micro, craft distillery on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Dedicated to transforming raw ingredients into splendid liquor, step by step, in ultra small batches. Rum & Whiskey.

Saturday July 18, 2015 12:30pm - 2:00pm CDT
La Nouvelle Orleans East at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130