Our keynote speakers for this event are Philip Greene, author of To Have and Have Another and Vice President of the Museum of the American Cocktail, and Sonja Kassebaum, cofounder of North Shore Distillery in Chicago.
Philip Greene is an attorney, writer and cocktail historian. He is Trademark and Internet Counsel to the U.S. Marine Corps, based at the Pentagon. He is also one of the founders of, and legal counsel to, the Museum of the American Cocktail, based in New Orleans. Phil manages the Museum’s robust D.C. monthly cocktail seminar program, and has done cocktail presentations around the world. He has presented seminars at industry-leading events such as Tales of the Cocktail, the Miami Rum Renaissance, Manhattan Cocktail Classic, the Polished Palate’s International Rum Festival, and others. In particular, Phil is an authority on the drinks of Ernest Hemingway, and has presented on this topic before the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., at the Hemingway Home in Key West, and in New Orleans. His book, To Have and Have Another – A Hemingway Cocktail Companion, was published by Penguin Press in November, 2012, and has received critical acclaim from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Food & Wine, Wine Enthusiast, Garden & Gun, HuffingtonPost.com, and many others.
Phil is also a Brand Ambassador and consultant for the Hemingway Rum Co., and their new line of rums under the Papa’s Pilar brand. He has also served as a Brand Ambassador for Domaine de Canton French Ginger Liqueur, and offers consulting services for the bar and restaurant trade.
In his legal career, in 2007, Phil held the position of InternetNZ Senior Research Fellow in Cyberlaw, during which he taught Internet and intellectual property law at Victoria University School of Law in Wellington, New Zealand. In that capacity, he also wrote and published two major papers and engaged in numerous public speaking engagements and radio and press interviews.
He lives in Washington, D.C., where he lives with his wife and three daughters.
Sonja Kassebaum is the co-founder of North Shore Distillery, LLC, the first boutique distillery in Illinois since Prohibition (founded in 2004). Along with her husband/business partner and their still (named Ethel), she makes and markets an array of award-winning spirits. Sonja fell in love with cocktails two decades ago, and has continued to pursue them with a passion ever since – she can often be found in her “laboratory” with various bar paraphernalia strewn about, or at a great cocktail bar enjoying something delicious, She wrote a blog about cocktails for many years, was the founder of the Chicago Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails (LUPEC), and is an active member of many bartending guilds.