Previous Events


Food Matters Live

21st November

Featuring Shilen Patel, Distill Venture's CEO among other panelists this session will explore how ‘niche’ health and wellbeing brands are increasing their mass market appeal by focusing on brand purpose, messaging and pack design that favours an accessible, inclusive approach. With consumers’ appetite for health and fitness brands higher than ever before, there is a real opportunity for these brands to tap into the wellness trend and grow their market share.

Bar Convent Berlin 2018

9th October Station Berlin - The Showroom, Berlin, Germany

"Scale and speed: secrets of the founder-led brands who are changing the industry”

The model for growing craft spirit brands has fundamentally changed. Whereas it once took 7-10 years and plenty of shoe leather to reach scale, brands are now showing an ability to grow from zero to 30K 9LC in just a few years. What’s enabled this shift and what lessons can be learned from these businesses?

Tales of the Cocktail

19th July Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, United States

American Craft Spirits Association Convention

5th March Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Drinks marketing has changed forever and the good news for makers & founders is that this change has created vast, new opportunities to connect with your current audience and create new ones all around the world.

Our session at ACSA's convention in Pittsburgh aims to help drinks entrepreneurs hone their founder story by identifying and capturing the key elements of what makes a good narrative and by providing useful provocations and inspiration. Attendees will also receive our limited edition “Founder Story” book – a simple and easy-to-use manual designed to spark creative thoughts and encourage entrepreneurs to write, create and think.


BevNet Live

5th December

At this years Bevnet Live Winter Conference, Distill Venture's COO, Dan Gasper will be giving a short seminar where he'll be introducing who we are and what we do before delving into this year's hottest topic, Non Alcoholic drinks and their explosive growth. He'll discuss Distill Venture's involvement in the category and future gaze at what the future of this exciting category could look like.

Global Drinks Forum

9th October Ellington Hotel Berlin

Dan Gasper will be speaking at the second Global Drinks Forum, a one day event of seminars and panels aimed to educate, inspire and excite people from all areas of the drinks industry. Dan Gasper examines the macro trends driving this category growth, sets out to define exactly what makes a ‘non alc’ drink different from the mixers and soft drinks and talks about the sub categories that are making ‘not drinking’ an exciting options for drinkers around the world.

Indie Spirits Expo

3rd October

Join Gonzalo de la Pezuela, North American Managing Director for Distill Ventures, as he shares the most effective strategies to market for your brand in today’s landscape, as modern consumers are not only interested in the brand - they want to know who makes it, where do they make it and most importantly, why are they making it.

Attendees will also receive a FREE copy of the limited edition ‘Founder Story’ book - a simple and easy-to-use manual designed to spark creative thoughts and encourage entrepreneurs to live, tell and craft their story.

The seminar will start promptly at 2:15pm in the Buckingham Room of the Chicago Hilton Hotel, 720 S. Michigan Ave. Only exhibitors, VIP Ticket holders, trade & media will be able to attend.

Barra Mexico

21st August Mexico D.F, Mexico

Distill Venture makes it's first appearance in Latin America at Mexico's premiere spirits convention. Join Gonzalo De La Pezuela as he talks to entrepreneurs about the advantages craft spirits have over bigger brands.

ACSA Masterclass Series

11th August Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado, United States

Tales of the Cocktail

19th July Riverview Room, Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, United States

For the third year running, Distill Ventures brings their education for entrepreneurs to Tales. Featuring two brand-new seminars and an opportunity for founders to apply for 12 personal Q&A slots for the DV senior team, this year is sure to be the best yet.

Cocktails Spirits

6th June La Maison Rouge, Paris, France

Appearing for the first time at Cocktails Spirits, join Distill Ventures on Tuesday 6th of June for the premiere of our seminar "How to be brilliant at telling your founder story"

Perfect Serve Bar Show

22nd May WesterLiefde, Amsterdam, The Netherlands'

Drinks marketing has changed forever and the good news for craft drinks makers, is that this change has levelled the playing field, giving the little guy’s a huge advantage over big drinks brands.

Destille Berlin

2nd April Heeresbäckerei, Berlin, Germany

Distill Ventures Co-Founder, Frank Lampen will be joining a panel discussing the different types of financing available to craft spirits brands. He'll be joined by Thomas Andrae, CEO of Linden Capital as well as a spirits start-up which received their financing through a successful Kickstarter campaign. Admission to the session will be included in your ticket to the event

Singapore Cocktail Festival

17th & 19th March The Festival Village, Singapore, Malaysia

We believe interest in cocktail culture and craft spirits is on the rise across Asia, and this interest brings with it an opportunity for new, innovative and independently owned brands to emerge. We’ll be hosting two talks at the Singapore Cocktail Festival this year with contributions coming from seasoned professionals across the Asian craft spirit industry. If you’re looking for insight into creating and growing a successful consumer brand in the Asian market, these talks may be for you.

Brick by Brick – Building a craft spirits business in Asia – Sunday March 19th 2pm

Leveraging your unfair advantage – Friday March 17th 4pm

American Craft Spirits Association Convention

16th February

Getting investment for your spirits business may be absolutely crucial for continued growth so the focus of our seminar at ACSA will be around how to secure it. We’ll be outlining the fundamentals of a great pitch as well as ways to tell whether your business is ready to take on additional investment. We'll be joined on-stage by Chip Tate from Tate Distillery who'll be sharing his insight and experience. Admission to this seminar is included in your ticket to the convention. 

Tales 365 Live

16th January

In partnership with Tales of the Cocktail, Dan Gasper will be live on Facebook talking about a variety of topics including how small brands can use their unfair advantage over the big boys.

We’ll kick off at 6pm GMT with the talk lasting about 45 minutes. In addition to listening in, viewers will be able to ask Dan questions via facebook chat about anything start-up/drinks/entrepreneur-related. If you're interested in growing & supporting a modern spirit brand, this talk is for you.


BrandStarer BCB 2016

12th October

Brandstarter returns to BCB with an inspiring day of three free seminars to challenge and inform Europe’s best drinks entrepreneurs.

The Global Drinks Forum

10th October Ellington Hotel, Berlin

Dan Gasper will be speaking at the first ever Global Drinks Forum, a one day event full of seminars and panels aimed to educate, inspire and excite people from all areas of the drinks industry. Dan will be delivering a 20 minute Pecha Kucha style presentation exploring consumer and media trends which create the opportunity for small independent brands.

Tales of the Cocktail

20th July

Brand Builder was a day of talks for people launching and growing independent spirits brands in the USA, featuring experts and successful entrepreneurs from across the industry inc. Simon Ford founder of 86 Co, Brian Ellison founder of Deaths Door, Raj Bhakta founder of Whistle Pig, Rudy Ruiz of Southern Wine & Spirits, Britt West of Plus Consulting, and John Oliver of Breakthru


2nd & 3rd March ACSA, Chicago, IL

In March ‘16 we spoke in Chicago at ACSA. We shared what we believe are the core elements of a successful spirits business. If you’re thinking about what you need to scale your business, you’ll find practical advice and insight from the presentation in our online toolbox.


Bar Convent Berlin 2015

14th & 11th October Station Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Brandstarter was a collaboration between Distill Ventures and BCB focused on providing practical insight and advice to early-stage drinks entrepreneurs. Presentations from the day are available in our toolbox.

Tales of the Cocktail 2015

13th & 20th July Tales of the Cocktail, New Orleans, LA, United States

Chip Tate of Tate & Co Distilling, Simon Ford of 86 Spirits Co and Brian Ellison of Deaths Door Spirits, joined Dan Gasper for a lively discussion on their key learnings along their journeys to success.