Further enhancing our commitment to the growing distilling spirits markets, Lallemand Biofuel’s & Distilled Spirits (LBDS) was ever present in a number of conferences devoted to the distilled spirits.
ACSA Minneapolis 2019
Lallemand Craft Distilling, the team within LBDS dedicated to craft distillers, attended the 6th annual American Craft Spirits Association (ASCA) conference and tradeshow held in Minneapolis from February 9 – 13, 2019.
Prior to the main conference, LBDS partnered with the ACSA in their Master Class program by putting on a one day Extra Credit style course following our Alcohol School formatting. This one day course was focused mostly on fermentation and yeast. However, some of the overall topics included were incoming feedstock, milling and cooking/mashing, yeast physiology, fermentation management, nutrition, molasses & rum, fermentation conditions to enhance sensory, QA/QC of the distillery, and a couple sensory talks covering faults and impact of maturation. The course was well received and we were complemented openly through the course of the conference by those who attended and those who heard about it.
The conference kicked off Sunday evening with an opening reception, Tuesday and Wednesday the full expo took place while technical sessions took place on all things craft distilling both days.
The focus for us during this conference was the emphasis of the launch of our new website, the introduction of our new enzyme products (DistilaZyme AA and GA) along with our new whiskey strains (DistilaMax NT and XP) along with our new cane juice strain (CanaMax). A big push on our education capabilities with an emphasis on The Alcohol School Extra Credit Craft Seminar in September.
There seemed to be lots of excitement abound with those who visited us either at our booth or during one of the evening tasting sessions. There was a lot of positive comments on our reputation and growing trust stemming from our involvement with the ACSA in education.
ADI Conference – Denver
LBDS with their craft distilling team (Lallemand Craft Distilling) also participated in the 16th edition of the American Distilling Institute’s (ADI) craft distilling conference and expo on March 18-21, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. The conference saw over 2000 craft distillers and industry members.
The conference was well attended by both new/potential craft distillers and veterans of the industry alike. There were a wide range of technical talks on site as well as “hands-on” distilling courses of various sprit types held at local craft distilleries.
LBDS’s participation started as a Title Sponsor this year which gave us a prime booth location with excellent visibility on graphics, banners, publications, etc. which generated excellent traffic to the area. This was further pushed by us having a technical presentation on nutrition (Nutrition: Moving Beyond DAP) presented by Joseph Kalkwarf (Craft Distilling Market Manager -USA) which was very well received and generated a lot of interest and follow-up questions both at the conference and continuing to date.
LBDS with their craft distilling team was also well represented on the ADI conference awards night with not only many of the award winners being our customers but a majority of them were gold medals! These award winners were quite happy talking about their experience with LBDS and Lallemand Craft Distilling and our products. Many thanked us regarding the yeast and that they wouldn’t be there without us.
There were 3 yeast strains making their second conference appearance in 2019 (DistilaMax NT and XP for the Whiskey market and CanaMax for the cane juice/molasses market). We were also very excited to introduce and launch our new enzyme products (DistilaZyme AA and DistilaZyme GA) specifically designed for the distilling market. Also emphasized was our 2 day Craft Distilling Seminar (Alcohol School Extra Credit) held in conjunction with The Alcohol School, in Montréal this September.