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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Daniel Shoemaker

Daniel Shoemaker began his career in the middle of the microbrew revolution in San Francisco in the early 1990’s, and subsequently slung his wealth of hops over the next 12 years.  Just as the cocktail renaissance was heading into full swing in the Bay Area, he re-located to Portland, OR, a city already renowned for its profound commitment to excellence in food and beverage.  After diligent research & too much time at his home bar during a lengthy opening period, he opened Teardrop Lounge in 2007, pioneering the next generation of cocktails in Portland.  Placing a strong emphasis on homemade ingredients, Teardrop embraces the seasonal, the eccentric, and the esoteric.  The first principles of cocktail construction, an examination of all components used to build an exquisite drink, and further standards of excellence became the signature hallmark of the venue.    Daniel was quickly named Best Bartender by in a variety of publications, and Teardrop Lounge has received a wealth of accolades from Esquire, Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine, and Playboy. 

Daniel co-founded the Oregon Bartenders Guild, providing voice and direction for the burgeoning scene that was to blossom into one of the most diverse and exhilarating locales for cocktails in the country.  Over the subsequent years, Daniel provided mentorship for a large portion of Portland’s talented bartenders, and Teardrop has remained a launching pad for some of the city’s greatest talent.    

In early 2014, Daniel launched The Commissary with Sean Hoard, previously the bar manager at Teardrop.  Providing fresh-pressed citrus, as well as a stunning array of both traditional and innovative cocktail syrups, to beverage programs throughout Portland, The Commissary is the first of its kind in the industry.  It is an all-service prep kitchen, assuming the daily tasks of bars and raising the quality of drinks throughout the city.  Most recently, the team was recognized in Imbibe’s 75 for their innovation in the industry, and the exciting addition of their services to the community continues to grow daily.   

My Speakers Sessions

Saturday, July 18

10:30am CDT