Schedule of Events

Please Note:
The Following Schedule Is Subject to Change.  All events will be held at the Hilton New Orleans - St. Charles Ave unless otherwise noted.
SATURDAY, JULY 9        
4:00-6:00pm                          Executive Committee (ExCom Only) - Ursuline Room (2nd Floor)
SUNDAY, JULY 10        
ABL Board of Directors Meeting (Board ONLY) – St. Charles Ballroom (3rd Floor)
8:30 – 9:30am                        Breakfast (ABL Board only) - Sponsored by iControl
9:30am-12:00pm                   ABL Board Meeting (ABL Board Only)
12:00-1:00pm                         ABL Board Lunch (ABL Board Only)
                                                 Sponsored by American Distilled Spirits Alliance
1:00-3:00pm                           Board of Directors Meeting (ABL Board Only)     
3:00-3:30pm                           Advisory Council Meeting (ABL Advisory Council only)
5:00-6:30pm                           Registration - Fleur de Lis Foyer (2nd Floor)
6:00-8:00pm                           Opening Night Reception (ALL ATTENDEES)
                                                    Grand Chapel (11th Floor)
8:00-11:00am                          Registration - Fleur de Lis Foyer (2nd Floor)
8:00-9:00am                            Annual Meeting Breakfast
                                                  Sponsored by Anheuser-Busch - St. Charles Ballroom (3rd Floor)
9:00am-10:45pm                    GENERAL SESSION - Fleur de Lis Ballroom (2nd Floor)
  • Welcome & ABL Report - J.J. Moran, President, ABL, Four Wines Liquor & Lounge, Cheyenne, WY; John Bodnovich, Executive Director, American Beverage Licensees
  • COVID-19’s Impact on the Alcohol Industry – Danny Brager, Owner, Brager Beverage Alcohol Consulting; Dale Stratton, Owner, Five Points Consulting LLC
  • On-Premise Focus: Competing with Taprooms – Chris Black, Cofounder, Falling Rock Tap House
10:45-11:00am                         Break - Sponsored by Gambino's King Cake Rum Cream
11:00am-12:00pm                    GENERAL SESSION - Fleur de Lis Ballroom (2nd Floor)
  • Surveying the State Alcohol Policy Landscape - David Christman | Vice President, State Affairs | National Beer Wholesalers Association
  • Impaired Driving Policy – What’s Driving the Discussion? – J.T. Griffin, Principal, Griffin Strategies, LLC
12:00-1:30pm                          Honors Luncheon - Sponsored by Molson Coors
  • ABL Top Shelf Award Presentation
  • ABL Retailers of the Year Presentations
  • ABL Incoming & Outgoing Officers
1:30-3:30pm                            GENERAL SESSION
  • Federal Alcohol Regulatory Update – Carrie May, Assistant Administrator – Field Operations, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)

  • The Liquor Law Enforcement Landscape – Carrie Christofes, Executive Director, National Liquor Law Enforcement Association

  • Covering the Industry: Latest Trends in Beverage Alcohol Business – Harry Schuhmacher, Publisher & Owner, Beer Business Daily; Sarah Barrett, Executive Editor, Wine & Spirits Daily
4:00 – 6:00pm                       “Sazerac Experience” Tasting & Tour of Sazerac House
                                                    Sponsored by Sazerac
Sazerac House | 101 Magazine St | New Orleans, LA