panel discussion

Replay: Japanese Whisky

Japanese whisky has gone from an unknown-style of whisky to hard-to-get bottles in record time.  In the US, its popularity soared in recent years, but the Japanese have been producing whisky in the Scottish style for nearly 100 years. With the increase of interest in the category, new brands have launched to meet demand in a range of styles and cask finishes.  Join host Nate Gana, @nategana & Co-Founder of Bevridge as he explores the history of Japanese whiskey, introduction of major brands, discuss collectibles and share some of his favorites.  Nate welcomes guest panelist Frank Cisneros, a Consulting Bar Director and expert in Japanese bar culture and Nicholas Pollacchi, co-owner of Shibui Japanese Whisky.

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Nate Gana, @nategana & Co-Founder of Bevridge
Following his passion for luxury whisky, Nate founded @SingleMaltDaily in 2015. Quickly garnering respect and influence within the luxury whisky market, Nate has evolved his social influence & whisky knowledge to become a featured contributor in publications including Food & Wine, Forbes, Men's Journal, and UPROXX. He has also been selected as a two-time judge at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Nate has been invited to host whisky education events for companies all over the world including Google, Nike, Facebook, lnstagram, Netflix, VICE, among others. Nate also co-founded Bevridge in March 2021.
Special Guests:
Frank Cisneros, consulting Bar Director
Frank Cisneros is a New York City based bar veteran with two decades of experience. He became the first western bartender to be granted a work visa in Japan to practice his trade, instilling in him a deep love of Japanese spirits and bar culture.
Nicholas Pollacchi, Co-Owner & Head of Global Whisky, Shibui Japanese Whisky
Recognized as the premier world whisky expert, Nicholas has dedicated his entire career to educating, entertaining, and illuminating audiences from all parts of the world in the joys of whisky. Previously heading up global PR for Macallan, Highland Park and Glenrothes, as well as launching Macallan NAS into Global Travel Retail before moving to the United States for Balvenie, Nicholas has consulted for over 120 different world whisky brands before joining the IND Beverages ownership team. In October 2014, Nicholas was honored as a Keeper of the Quaich; An exclusive, international community of members recognized for their outstanding commitment to Scotch Whisky. The mission of the Keepers of the Quaich is to promote the values and image of Scotch Whisky as the world’s finest & most prestigious distilled spirit. Nicholas is one of the youngest honorees in the societies history.