The Golden State of Cocktails, a California-based cocktail conference that debuted early this year, will return for a second year in January. The conference, which has events for industry professionals as well as the public, will take place Jan. 26-29 in downtown.
Consumer events (events open to everyone) include a series of spirit-specific dinners at various L.A. restaurants (Scopa Italian Roots, Commissary at the Line Hotel), and Westside and Hollywood bar crawls. Industry programming (open only to members of the food and drink industry) includes seminars on vermouth, the history of Irish whiskey and various bartender skills.
Since the event's launch in L.A. this year, there have been Golden State of Cocktails conferences in San Francisco and, earlier this month, in San Diego. While the first event took place mainly at the Los Angeles Times building, this next conference will be held at the Los Angeles Athletic Club downtown.