2017 Special guests
& American Whiskey Ambassador
Adam developed his love of Bourbon and a good cocktail while working in New York City bars. During his time in New York, the cocktails he created were published in several prominent publications, including the Wall Street Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle. He took his first job with Beam Suntory in 2006 and since then he’s been sharing stories and promoting Beam Suntory’s American Whiskey portfolio in the U.S. as well as around the globe. In 2010, he was named a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of the Commonwealth in recognition of his contributions. This year he was named 2017 "Icon of Whisky" by Whisky Advocate Magazine.
Known for his enthusiasm and approachable style, Adam spends time throughout the year working with the Master Distillers and teams at both Jim Beam & Maker’s Mark to learn all aspects of the bourbon craft as well as tasting and helping select new products. He enjoys talking about those special experiences with old and new friends alike.
Blogger, Sommelier, Cigar Aficionado
and Arguably THE face of Nat Sherman Cigars.
When Michael explains a cigar, it is as if the whole world slows down and you are a witness to a great solo performance at the Lincoln Center. As the VP of Retail & Brand Development at the historic cigar brand Nat Sherman, Michael knows his craft and is passionate about creating a life he loves.
Houston native, Whisky lover and former Sommelier Chris Morris is one of the most respected members of the Houston bar community. He presides over the bar at Hunky Dory, where he was most most recently named "Favorite Bartender" at the 20th annual Houston Culinary Awards. A regular competitor in competitions nationwide, his work has been featured by the regional and national press, including MyTable, Houston Chronicle, and Tales of the Cocktail.
Chris's List of awards and Achievements include:
2017 Bacardi Bartender of the year, Luxardo: Bitter is Coming - Winner, Search for the Real McCoy - Winner, USBG Shake it up - Qualified, Bombay Sapphire Most Imaginative Bartender-2 Time Regional Finalist, Bacardi Legacy - Regional Finalist
The Vintage Bourbon tasting, the first of the evening, will be led by none other than Houston Local Bourbon fanatic, Wade Woodard.
Wade has been proclaimed public enemy #1 by several companies who have chosen to improperly label their whiskey, purposefully misleading the public about their product. He has been on the forefront of a grass roots effort to educate the public on federal labeling laws regarding spirits. Wade is a Certified Spirits Specialist through the Society of Wine Educators, a well known whiskey geek on social media- @wadewood, and a past seminar speaker at Tales of the Cocktail. He is a Texas A&M graduate with a BS degree in Industrial Distribution and spent 20 years in sales/sales management. In addition, he worked in the industry for as a Bourbon Evangelist for a Texas craft distiller. When he is not sipping whiskey, or trying to convince the TTB to enforce our labeling laws he currently dabbles in real estate. Wade has a no nonsense approach to America's greatest spirit and we think you will enjoy what he has to say.