This time around, we’re in New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail, the annual gathering of bartenders and drinks industry leaders for a week of education and entertainment. Think of this year’s version as Tales 2.0, though. There’s a completely new management team in place following some troubled times for the conference in the past 18 months, and the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation has been formed to create a long-term impact on the industry. This week, they started by awarding $250,000 in grants to fund projects aimed at improving diversity and educational opportunities for the hospitality community. We’ll talk with the foundation’s executive director, Caroline Rosen, on WhiskyCast In-Depth, and have a lot of highlights from the week as well. In the news, the global trade war is bringing whisky industry leaders together for their first-ever summit in Louisville this coming week. We’ll have a preview and talk with one distiller who’s braving Europe’s new tariffs on American whiskies to start exporting for the first time.


Links: Tales of the Cocktail | Kentucky Distillers Association | Widow Jane | Speyside Bourbon Cooperage | The Balvenie | Tomatin | Classic Malts | Sullivan’s Cove | Smooth Ambler | Jack Daniel’s | Woodford Reserve | New Hampshire Liquor Commission | Spirited Awards | Bladnoch | Navazos Palazzi | Wild Turkey | Hendrick’s Gin | Captive Spirits