The Wine & Spirit Education Trust is Official Education Supporter of Bar Convent Brooklyn for Second Year

June 01, 2019

NEW YORK, NY (June 2019) - For the second year in a row, global leader in spirits and sake education, The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) is excited to be the official Education Supporter of Bar Convent Brooklyn. This year, WSET tasting sessions will highlight information from the recently launched WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits. WSET will be presenting a full schedule of 11 sessions in the WSET Tasting Room (Terminal Warehouse) as part of the premier event on Tuesday, June 11, and Wednesday, June 12.

New for 2019, WSET will be running its popular Top of the Class Challenge. BCB attendees will be invited to battle it out against the clock, putting their spirits knowledge to the test! The winner will receive $1000 in WSET vouchers and the runner up receives $400 of vouchers as will one randomly selected participant. In addition to the tasting sessions, WSET will also be hosting a Breakfast Open House on Wednesday, June 12 from 9:00am–10:30am. Exhibitors and friends are invited to meet the WSET team over coffee and pastries before day two of the event. Attendees can learn more about the business benefits of delivering WSET courses to your staff, how certification can support your career and where to get certified.

After a successful first year in the US, Bar Convent Brooklyn (BCB) is driven by a passion for premium and craft spirits. Bar Convent Brooklyn (BCB) continues to be a collaborative space in which the pioneers of the bar and beverage community gather to celebrate and sculpt the future of liquid culture through education, sharing best practices, and generating business opportunities. BCB welcomes Bartenders, Bar Owners, Bar Managers, Restaurants, F&B Managers and Distributors.

All WSET sessions are presented by globally recognized experts in the bar and beverage industry and have been designed to expand attendees’ spirits product knowledge. They also offer an introductory taster to what one might expect from WSET's courses , including the trademark Systematic Approach to Tasting.


Commercial Benefits presented by Nick King, WSET Product Development Manager - Spirits and Sake
June 11, 2019, 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
WSET Tasting Room – Terminal Warehouse
WSET’s spirits qualifications have recently undergone a massive overhaul. Catch up on what’s new and find out more about how WSET qualifications can be beneficial for your team.

Can a Vodka Be Outstanding – Categorical Tasting Using WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting presented by Rob McCaughey, WSET Business Development Manager, Americas – Spirits & Sake
June 11, 2019, 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
WSET Tasting Room – Terminal Warehouse
Is it possible to objectively assess a spirit and can you do that using the same criteria for different spirits? Rob McCaughey will guide us through WSET’s Systematic Approach to Tasting and will answer the age-old-question – can vodka truly be outstanding?

Intro to Shochu presented by Sachiko Miyagi
June 11, 2019, 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
WSET Tasting Room – Terminal Warehouse
Shochu is an extremely versatile distilled national beverage of Japan. It can be made from more than 50 different ingredients and enjoyed in plenty of ways.

Characterful Column Distillates – Debunking the Myth That Column Stills Only Produce Neutral Spirits presented by Kellie Thorn
June 11, 2019, 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
WSET Tasting Room – Terminal Warehouse
When looking to make a characterful spirit, most in the liquor business will point you to a pot still, snubbing column stills. The truth as always is far more complex and the type of still used is just one of the tools available to the distiller.

Getting to Grips with Grappa – The Language of the Appellation presented by Scott Rosenbaum, Spirits Strategist, T. Edwards Wines,
June 11, 2019, 4:45 PM - 5:30 PM
WSET Tasting Room – Terminal Warehouse
Grappa is a language unto itself. Come decipher the appellation as well as understand the words surrounding its production like: vinaccia, flemma, Caldaietta and more.  

Becoming a WSET Approved Program Provider – How to Set Up an App and Bring WSET To Your City presented by Rob McCaughey, WSET Business Development Manager, Americas – Spirits & Sake
June 11, 2019, 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
WSET Tasting Room – Terminal Warehouse
Want to become a WSET approved program provider but not sure where to start? WSET’s Rob McCaughey will answer questions about how to become one and what pitfalls to avoid.


WSET Professional Benefits – A Global Network presented by Maggie Campbell, President and Head Distiller, Privateer Rum
June 12, 2019, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM, WSET
Tasting Room – Terminal Warehouse
Join Maggie Campbell, WSET Alumni Advisory Board Member for the USA, to find out about the benefits of joining our global and diverse network of graduates and professionals.

Tempted by the Fruit of Another – Intro to Fruit Distillates presented by Elayne Duff
June 12, 2019, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
WSET Tasting Room – Terminal Warehouse
Grain spirits have long enjoyed their time in the sun but there is a burgeoning awareness of the wonderful world of fruit distillates. Fruit brandies have a great, illustrious history and in this session Elayne will take you on a tour of some of her favourites.

Give it a Rest – Maturation Beyond Oak presented by Nick Korn
June 12, 2019, 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM
WSET Tasting Room – Terminal Warehouse
When we think of tertiary flavors we tend to think of maturation in oak but there are many other techniques available to soften and mellow a spirit as well as to create new aromas and flavors. In this session, WSET Certified Spirits Educator Nick Korn will guide us through three pairs of spirits that have all started the same but then taken different paths.
Re-Inventing A Category – Genever Basics, presented by Danny Ronen, Principal Partner & Global VP of Projects, Unlimited Liabilities Partner, Academia Austin
June 12, 2019, 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
WSET Tasting Room – Terminal Warehouse
To simply say that Jenever is the progenitor of gin is a disservice to both categories. Join Danny Ronen for this insightful session delving into the wonderful world of Genever.

The Little Big Things – The Importance of Yeast, presented by Maggie Campbell, President and Head Distiller, Privateer Rum and Nick King, WSET Product Development Manager – Spirits and Sake
June 12, 2019, 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM
WSET Tasting Room – Terminal Warehouse
Yeast is probably the most important part of alcohol creation, yet it is often misunderstood and oversimplified.  Join Nick King from WSET and Maggie Campbell of Privateer Rum as they go deep into the importance of yeast and how it can be used by a distiller to create style and flavor.

Seminars are included as part of show admission and will be available on a first come, first served basis. To register to attend Bar Convent Brooklyn visit To learn more about WSET courses and find a local Approved Program Provider visit the website at # #

WSET Media Contact:
Scarlett Cowart, Wagstaff Worldwide

About the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET)

  • Set up in 1969 and celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, WSET is the largest global provider of qualifications in the field of wines, spirits and sake.
  • WSET offers qualifications across four levels, from one-day beginner courses through to an expert level diploma. Courses are available in more than 15 languages and over 70 countries and are open both to industry professionals and interested enthusiasts. Qualification levels 1 to 3 (with the exception of the Level 3 Award in Spirits) are recognised by the UK Government (Ofqual) and all WSET qualifications have a strong reputation worldwide as the industry standard for knowledge.
  • In the last academic year (2017/18) 94,822 candidates sat for a WSET qualification, and since 1969, WSET has awarded more than half a million individuals a WSET qualification.

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