Redemption Rye Whiskey 7:00 – 7:50p
Eric Rosentreter, Brand Ambassador, is a whiskey veteran hailing from 12 years of service behind the bar at landmark bar Delilah’s in Chicago. Having an encyclopedic knowledge of everything pertaining to American whiskey he has embraced his role with Redemption with a genuine enthusiasm only found with the true believers. Always keeping a keen eye on the leaders of the industry as well as adding his own brand of creative energy Eric can be found everywhere from the highest pinnacles of cocktail culture as well as having a boilermaker with other industry pros. Seldom is there an insatiable thirst for knowledge, people and exploration like the one he has. The celebration of knowledge, transparency and just damn good whiskey is a natural pairing for Redemption and Eric. Don’t be shy about asking questions because he can answer them and enjoys doing just that.
Woodford Reserve 8:00 – 8:50p
Ashley Bible, Premium Whiskey Market Manager Brown Forman , has been in the Spirits industry for 8+ years. A third generation “Austinite” and Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS), her knowledge extends from experiences working at a local winery, distributor channel, promotional agency and current role as a local Ambassador for Brown-Forman brands. Join us for a 5 Sources of Flavor tasting experience and learn about the rich history and tastes of Woodford Reserve.
Dewar’s 9:00 – 9:50p
Duane Fernandez Jr.,
Bacardi’s Texas Portfolio Ambassador, is a nationally acclaimed mixologist with more than a decade of hospitality experience. A native New Yorker, Duane has been one of the most featured bartenders in New York City, earning notable accolades early in his career, such as “Most Inspired Bartender of the Year” by GQ magazine.
During his career’s infancy, Duane’s creative cocktails brought him recognition through Time Out NY’s Drambuie Cocktail contest and the NBC bartender reality show “One the Rocks: The Search for America’s Top Bartender,” during which he was a top finalist in Season 2 in 2009. Since then, numerous brands and media outlets have pursued Duane to bring his talent and charisma to the television screen, including a residency on Vh1 The Big Morning Buzz show, The Evening News with Chuck Scarborough and Arise 360 TV.
With a strong reputation for developing creative recipes that were both visual stunning and palatable, Duane’s personal concoctions have been published in The New York Times, the 75th Mr. Boston Official Bartender’s Guide and Gaz Regan’s Annual Manual. He was also a featured mixologist on the “Beyond the Bar” Iconoclast program on the Sundance channel and had the opportunity to assist Fergi of The Black Eyed Peas on her personal spirits campaign during her press tour, which included appearances on the “Rachel Ray Show” and “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.”
A cocktail consultant to many venues around Manhattan, such as the KTCHN at The Out NYC Urban Resort and Spa, the lounge Wise Men, as well as for The One Group STK in Miami, Los Angeles, and Chicago, Duane became known for his usage of culinary trends in all of his drinks. He’s experimentation with various food elements including condiments; meat infusions and muddled vegetables have set him a part from most and allowed for distinctive cocktail programs at these establishments. Prior to joining the Bacardi Team, Duane was the National Brand Ambassador for Purity Vodka where he helped build awareness amongst bartenders and consumers nationwide, contributing to Purity’s 35% growth in 2015.
In his role as Bacardi’s Texas Portfolio Ambassador, Duane continues his pursuit of raising the bar in both the industry and mixology world by offering his passionate insight, exceptional talent and spreading his love for the Bacardi Portfolio and family around the state.