NCSLA Liquor Conference Vegas Style

NCSLA Liquor Conference Vegas Style

Last week, the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators seized the Wynn Encore Hotel in Vegas for the 2011 Annual Conference. Tennessee made waves on a number of fronts.

TABC Director Danielle Elks served as President of NCSLA and also chaired the host committee that planned the program and social agenda. Here is Director Elks at the podium on closing night with a Charlie Daniels autographed violin auctioned for the benefit of NCSLA.

We served on the NCSLA planning committee and worked with a small talented group that created a stellar program. Great American Success Stories featured Jim Koch,  founder of Boston Beer, Richard Sands, CEO of Constellation Brands and John McDonnel of Patrón Spirits.  Jim poured a Sam Adams for his speech and was a personal favorite.

Tennessee's retail package store tasting law was too new to make the program, but was a popular topic at the hospitality lounge.  We are not sure if retail tastings, or the lack of rules governing tastings, created the interest, but industry members - and regulators - were definitely inquiring.

Last but not least, we moderated a panel on growlers and wine kegs. Featuring Master Brewer Kevin Reed of CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries and growler compliance expert Alex Heckathorn, we covered cutting edge issues presented by the popular demand for growlers.

Check out photos from the conference.

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