Virginia ABC COO Travis Hill recently participated in a forum discussing the spirits, wine and beer industries in Virginia.
The forum, hosted by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and attended by more than 100, was held at the Virginia Historical Society and moderated by RTD Dish columnist Karri Peifer.
Hill was joined on the panel by Alexander Morgan from James River Cellars Winery, Reservoir Distillery co-owner Dave Cuttino, Buskey Cider owner Will Correll, An Bui from Mekong Restaurant and Bar and RTD wine and spirits columnist Jack Berninger. The panel discussed many topics, including industry sales trends, state regulations, the local sourcing of materials and the impact of the environment on business.
Virginia ABC interaction with licensees and distillery stores was a frequent topic among the panelists. “ABC has done a great job of getting behind distilleries’ efforts to offer tastings,” said Reservoir’s Dave Cuttino.
An Bui, whose Mekong has twice been voted the greatest American beer bar, praised the ease of cooperation between his restaurant and ABC.
“ABC has been very helpful with its online label approval process,” he said.
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