UK’s bar professionals look to Berlin’s Bar Convent

BAR CONVENT BERLIN 2012_Now in its seventh year, the Bar Convent trade show in Berlin attracts around 6,000 professionals from the bar and drinks industry in over 30 countries, including the UK. This year’s event, on October 8 and 9, promises to be bigger than ever with more than 100 exhibitors taking up 8,000 square metres at Station Berlin. Across six stages, there will be panels, presentations, launches and brand-neutral blind tastings.

Drinks experts and mixologists from around the world are taking part. Talks on October 8 include Tristan Stephenson (pictured below), co-founder of Fluid Movement and top London bars Purl and Worship Street Whistling Shop, who will discuss the classic Martini with Claire Smith, head of spirit creation and mixology for Belvedere Vodka. On the same day, Alex Kratena, head bartender at London’s Artesian Bar at the Langham hotel, will help launch Diageo’s World Class competition for 2014.

Tristan Stephenson

Other presenters over the two days will include David Cordoba and Jacob Briars from Bacardi, cocktail writer Camper English, Jack McGarry and Sean Muldoon from New York City bar The Dead Rabbit, Romee de Goriainoff of Experimental Cocktail Club and Jörg Meyer of Le Lion and the Boilerman Bar in Hamburg.

This year’s guest country will be Peru, with a focus on pisco. It will include presentations by Peruvian pisco ambassador Johnny Schuler and two of Peru’s top bartenders, Franco Cabachi and Ricardo Carpio.

bols honey liqueurBar Convent will also host a showcase of American craft distillers, through the Distilled Spirits Council of the US, and feature Brew Berlin, a platform for craft beer. Launches at the show will include the new Bols Honey Liqueur, with Rusty Cerven from The Connaught Bar in London presenting a workshop on Bols liqueurs.

Jens Hasenbein, CEO of Bar Convent Berlin, said: “The Bar Convent is the perfect platform for discussing the bar industry’s current state and themes. More and more established companies, as well as young start-ups are launching their products at the Bar Convent. As an industry event in Europe, it counts among the most important bar and beverage trade shows worldwide.”

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