Beyond the Distillery
Working distilleries offer more than just good spirits—they often have unique spaces for meetings and
events. Here are a few great options.
Boston Harbor Distillery in Dorchester,
Mass., is set in a classic “Old New England”
building from the mid-1800s.
Groups can take over the
main Tasting Room, which
can accommodate 130 for
a reception or 75 seated,
or use the Map Room for
smaller meeting space.
Private tours and tastings
can also be arranged. www.
Also housed in an 1800s
building is Journeyman
Distillery. The organic
spirits distillery is located
in the former EK Warren
Factory in Three Oaks,
Mich. Today, the distillery
features reclaimed wood,
and the concrete bar was
made in nearby Grand Rapids.
There are three event spaces at the property, with an additional two expected to
open in 2017. Warren Hall, at 8,000 square
feet and a capacity for 500, is the largest
In Charleston, S.C., Striped Pig Distillery
makes handcrafted rums, whiskeys, vodka
and gin through traditional methods with
heirloom grains and fruits, many from local
With the distilling equipment and wood
salvaged from South Carolina barns as the
backdrop, groups of up to 200 can use the
space for presentations, teambuilding, tastings and tours. The retail area, the first space
when entering the building, can be used as
a prefunction venue, and the conference
room can be used for meetings of up to 10
Using traditional Scottish copper stills,
Copperworks Distilling Company makes
spirits in downtown Seattle mostly with
ingredients grown in Washington state. The
distillery currently offers gin and vodka.
It also has all-malt whiskey aged in new
American oak barrels.
The tasting room, with a capacity for
75 people, features 18-foot ceilings and a
view into the active distillery with the four
copper stills. The space can be used as a
stand-alone venue or for tours, guided tast-
ings and events like Join the Distiller, where
groups work with the distillers to barrel and
bottle spirits or blend their own whiskeys.
JOURNEYMAN DISTILLERY STRIPED PIG DISTILLERY
BOSTON HARBOR DISTILLERY
COPPERWORKS DISTILLING COMPANY
Q&A: Paul Van Deventer on MMB
Meetings Today spoke with Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI and, effective January,
Meetings Today: What is
co-chair of the Meetings Mean Business
Coalition (MMB), to get insight on what to
expect from MMB in 2017.
on the horizon for MMB in
2017, especially now that it
Paul Van Deventer: In 2017,
MT: Any new programs or campaigns
MMB will enter its fourth
year. Our focus will be two-
fold: continuing to promote
the industry’s value in a way
that resonates with business
leaders and policymakers,
and introducing new con-
tent, proof points and engagement oppor-
tunities for coalition members, supporters,
meeting planners and DMO partners.
PVD: In addition to expanding the scope
MT: What is the top focus of Global Meet-
of Worth Meeting About and our Business
Leaders Video Series, we’ll continue the
work we’ve started this year to engage
meeting professionals. Through our newly
developed Meeting Planner Task Force,
we’ll partner with industry professionals
from across the country to create program-
ming and resources that are specific to the
opportunities they have to demonstrate
the value of our industry and elevate the
meetings profession. We’ve been fortunate
to have so many industry leaders involved
in this coalition from the beginning. Now
it’s time to expand our circle of industry
champions and provide everyone with the
tools he or she needs to be an advocate.
ings Industry Day 2017?
PVD: Global Meetings Industry Day will
take place on April 6, 2017. Our chosen
tagline, GMID: Face-to-face, no matter
the place, will provide a central theme for
partners and event hosts to reinforce the
benefits of meeting face-to-face, not only
in their communities but all over the world.
For the full interview with
Van Deventer, visit Meetings Today.com