Independent Spirits Expo is Coming to Chicago!





The Chicago Independent Spirits Expo Returns for a 6th year on September 21st, 2016 at the Chicago Hilton Hotel!

Don’t forget to use the form at the top or bottom of this post to instantly get your $20 off promo code!!

For the 6th year, the world largest gathering of small, independent & artisanal brands will converge on Chicago, much to the delight of spirits enthusiasts everywhere. What started out as just three small brands conducting a tasting in a bar in New York City over 10 years ago has now grown to become one of the most anticipated underground spirit tastings on the planet. The brainchild of Dave Schmier, former owner of Redemption Rye & Temptation Bourbon whiskey brands, and Martin C. Duffy, U.S. Brand Representative for Glencairn Crystal and former Sr. Masters of Whisky for Diageo, the Indie Spirit Expos has taken place in San Francisco, New York City, Las Vegas and New Orleans (during the fabled Tales of the Cocktail week). Now the Windy City hosts the grandest of them all!


The CISE provides members of the service industry as well as consumers an opportunity to meet the new wave of creative & innovated distillers, bottlers, importers and distributors as they sample & speak about their spirits. Attendees will be able to chose from over 500 spirits within the major liquor categories of vodka, gin, rum, tequila, mescal, whisk(e)y, liqueurs and even drink mixers from around the world.


Just a sample of some of the distilleries sampling their spirits:
Balcones Distilling
Bar Napkin Spirits, LLC
Beppe & the Architect, LLC
Biggar & Leith – Malfy Gin
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.
BroVo Spirits
Caffo Beverages inc
Carriage House Imports
CH Disitillery
Chicago Distilling Company
Copper & Kings
DC Craft Spirits
Death’s Door Spirits
Dented Brick Distillery
Distillerie Tessendier & Fils Inc
Fishbowl Spirits
Fox River Distillery
Frankfort Spirits, Inc.
Garrison Brothers Distillery
GDL Imports/Laika Spirits
Global Beverage Team LLC
Great Lakes Distillery
Haus Alpenz
Headframe Spirits Inc.
Henry Farms Prairie Spirits
Infinium Spirits Co
Journeyman Distillery
KOVAL Distillery
LaPavia Beverage LLC
Mississippi River Distilling Company
Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery, LLC
New Holland Brewing & Artisan Spirits
Niche Import Co.
North Shore Distillery
Owl’s Brew
Parce Rum
Philadelphia Distilling
Purely Syrup Company
Quincy Street Distillery
Rabbit Hole
Rogue Spirits
SoulBoxer Cocktail Co.
SoulBoxer Cocktail Co.
St. George Spirits
Tailwinds Distilling Company
Tokiwa Imports
Town Branch Bourbon
Vikre Distillery
Wondertucky Distillery & Bottling, Inc.
Wyoming Whiskey
and many, many more!




A feature unique to the Chicago Indie Spirits Expo from the other ISEs is the addition of The industry roundtable Discussions. Held the afternoon of the Expo in The Buckingham Room of the Chicago Hilton Hotel & Tower, the industry round table discussion (12 noon to 2pm) is a select panel of spirit producers, retailers, distributors and others from various levels of the spirits industry who discuss the current trends, topics, opportunities and challenges that face small spirits brands in the current market place. These round table discussions are open only to VIP ticket holders, exhibitors and media.

This year’s panel will include:
~ Guest Moderator: Emily Pennington Hood – Editor of Wine & Spirits Daily
~ Monique Huston –Director of Spirits, Winebow
~ Brett Pontoni – Spirits Buyer, Binny’s Beverage Depot
~ Toby Beall – Distillery owner, Tailwinds Distillery
~ Paul Hletko – Distillery owner, FEW Spirits & President of the ACSA
~ Matt Blaum – Distillery owner, Blaum Bros. Distillery & President of the ICDA
~ Bill Welter – Distillery owner, Journeyman Distillery
~ Scott Winters – Importer, American Spirits Exchange
~ Dave Schmier – Brand Owner, Deadwood Rye
~ Danny Shapiro – Bar owner/Mixologist, Scofflaw & Slippery Slope
~ Winston Edwards – Brand Ambassador, Balcones Distillery
~ Aaron Zacharias – Bar Owner, Fountainhead Chicago, The Northman, Bar On Buena
~ Brian Christensen – Editor of Artisan Spirits Magazine

2:15 – 3:15pm – SEMINAR (TBA)

Hosted by Glencairn & The Aroma Academy, a look at what you are smelling in spirits and why. RSVP here ~


Don’t forget to use the form at the top or bottom of this post to instantly get your $20 off promo code!!

Tickets for the Chicago Independent Spirits Expo include two options:
VIP ticket: $85.00 – allows access to the round table discussions, seminars plus early admission to the tasting session at 4:30pm.
General Admission ticket: $65.00 – grants you entry to the tasting session from 6:30pm to close at 9:00pm.
A portion of all ticket sales will go to our charitable partner.

Purchase Tickets here:

For press & media passes, please contact the organizers at

Please revisit our Facebook event page often for updated brand listings, satellite events and to contact the organizers.

The Chicago Independent Spirits Expo is a 21 & over event. All attendees must have a state of federal photo I.D.

Please remember to enjoy your spirits independently!



The Hilton Hotel – Downtown Chicago 60605 720 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605


Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *