Distilling Expo 2018


The London Distilling Expo is back for its fifth year. Once again, the Expo will feature a host of Craft Distillers, suppliers, and equipment makers, as well as a selection of industry professionals hosting talks, tastings, and in-depth workshops. In addition, for the first time, the award will be given for the Distilling Expo’s “Gin of the Year”.

The London Distilling Expo 2018
Wednesday 26th – Thursday 27th October 2018

The Boiler House
Old Truman Brewery
152 Brick Lane, London, UK E1 6RU




Pre-Expo Event (Ticket Holders Only)
09:30: Whisky Blending Masterclass

10:30 – Expo Opens

11:00: Keynote Speaker – Alexander Gabriel

12:00 – 12:45: Whisky in the UK (Discussion Panel)

13:00 – 13:45: Back to Bases – A Vodka Masterclass with Veronika Kavlova (Ticketed Event)

13:00 – 13:25: How to Build a Beautiful Still House with Allen Associates

13:30 – 13:55: Electrical Considerations for Distilleries with Ben Marston and Joe Barber

14:00 – 14:45: Nano Distilling (Discussion Panel)

14:30 – 14:55: A Critique on Accelerated Craft Spirits Aging Methods with Ian Smiley

15:00 – 15:55: Gin FAQ Vol.2 – Masterclass with David T Smith (Ticketed Event)

15:00 – 15:25: How to Make a Distinctive Spirit with Lallemand

15:30 – 16:00: Alan Powell of the British Distillers Alliance on Duty and Legal Issues in Distilling

17:00 – 17:45: Master Distiller Stephen Gould on Distilling

17:00 – 17:45: How to Start a Distillery (Discussion Panel)


Pre-Expo Event (Ticket Holders Only)
0900 – 09:50: So you want to be a Gin Judge? A Masterclass with David T Smith

10:00 – Expo Open for Day 2

10:30 – 10:55: Stresses on Yeast and the Impact on Fermentation with Lallemand

11:00 – 11:45: Nosing Faults with Julia Nourney and The Aroma Academy (Ticketed Event)

11:00 – 11:45: Import/Export and Distribution – An audience with Michael Vachon, Maverick Drinks

12:30 – 12:55: Do’s and Don’ts for Distillers – Start-up and Expansion with Michael Clancy

13:00 – 13:45: World of Rums Masterclass with Peter Holland (Ticketed Event)

13:00 – 13:25: Botanicals of the World: Coriander with Beacon Commodities

13:30 – 13:55: Odin of iStill on Recent and Future Developments in Distilling

15:00 – 15:45: Rum Styles Masterclass with Peter Holland (Ticketed Event)

15:00 – 15:45: Marketing and PR – Outsource or In-House?

16:00 – 16:45: Apple Spirits with Stephen Gould (Ticketed Event)

16:00 – 16:25: Scott Winters from The American Spirits Exchange

16:30 – 16:55: Robert Cassell – Topic TBC


The Distilling Expo takes place during London Cocktail Week (2nd-8th October), which celebrates London Cocktail Culture with a series of seminars, pop-up bars, tastings, parties, and master classes.



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