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The Spirits are Calling. Will you answer? Join us July 15-19, 2015 as the international spirits community answers the call, returning for another spirited round of Tales of the Cocktail®.
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Andy Seymour

Andy Seymour counts over twenty years experience in the bar, restaurant and hospitality industry, and has emerged as one of the leading educators and consultants on all matters of beverage.  His company, Liquid Productions, is devoted to developing education and beverage programs, to the understanding of today’s cocktail culture and to creating events that bring that culture to an even greater audience.

 

Beginning with a career working at some of New York City and the Hamptons busiest venues, Andy has dedicated himself to a life of producing great service and providing others with the tools to do the same.  Early in his career behind the bar, Andy began working with Steve Olson who became a true mentor.  Working alongside Olson, Andy was able to acquire a deeper understanding about spirits with a focus on fortified wines and cocktails and the importance of working with quality ingredients.

 

Andy eventually stepped out from behind the bar to focus on his work with Olson’s company aka wine geek, and soon became a partner.  In the process, Andy worked on developing beverage and trade education programs that became a standard by which all others were measured. He continues to educate for many of the world’s top spirit brands, lecturing about cocktails, spirits, fortified wine and the hospitality industry as a whole. 

 

 

 

 

Indeed education--especially in bringing compelling information to members of the beverage trade--became an integral aspect of Andy’s career. As a speaker and educator his engaging, authentic style is well recognized throughout the industry.  Andy’s focus on delivering knowledge to others has included teaching about all categories of liquor, liqueurs and fortified wines. Some of his presenting credits include Tales of the Cocktail, Berlin Bar Show, Manhattan Cocktail Classic, Arizona Cocktail Week, Boston Cocktail Summit, Paris of the Plains in Kansas City, The Telluride Wine Festival and for Crystal Cruise Ships.  In addition, his critically acclaimed YouTube cocktail series Behind the Drink explores the cocktail culture of NYC.

 

While working with Steve at aka wine geek, Andy taught at a long list of properties that included The Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas, Wynn Las Vegas, and The Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic CityThey also created and implemented beverage programs at the Five-Star, Five-Diamond Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, OTG Management and their numerous bars and restaurants throughout airports across the country, Grupo Posadas high-end Aqua resort in Cancun, and most recently at Mondrian and Hudson hotels in NYC for The Morgan Group.  Andy and Steve also opened the widely acclaimed Taqueria and Agave palace, Viktor & Spoils at the Hotel on Rivington on NYC’s Lower East Side in 2011, while during the same period Andy developed and installed the beverage program at Alchemy in Memphis, TN. 

 

Today Andy is recognized throughout the industry as a leader in the global cocktail movement, with a defined role as a mentor and teacher to bartenders across the country through educational seminars and bartending demonstrations.

 

Andy is also a partner in Beverage Alcohol Resource (BAR). BAR was founded in 2006 by industry experts Steve Olson, Dale DeGroff, Doug Frost, F. Paul Pacult, and David Wondrich to fill an industry need for training on the subject of beverage alcohol products, and to help return the craft to the profession of the bar.  Through programs such as Drinkwell and BarSmarts, Andy has taught thousands of America’s bartenders and beverage professionals, and BAR’s 5-day certificate program has been acknowledged as a bench mark for professional achievement in the field of spirits and cocktails.  BAR was chosen as Cheers Magazine Beverage Innovator of the Year 2007. 

 

In 2012, Andy stepped away from his partnership at aka wine geek to focus on his own company, Liquid Productions which he founded in 1999. Today, Andy’s mission is to help the growing world of cocktails and spirits continue to be a source of great fun, and entertainment for anyone who steps up to a bar to order a drink. 

 

 

 

My Moderators Sessions

Saturday, July 18
 

3:30pm