After a sustained burst of growth in the craft cocktail conference biz’, the sector is showing some signs of contraction. Notably, BevCon founder Angel Postell announced a hiatus for the fest on Friday (10.19) via a letter to participants and friends.
“After three years of producing BevCon®, I have decided to take a break and not organize the event in 2019,” wrote Postell in an email. “I am not closing the door and there may be a time when we are able to host BevCon® again. But for now it is on hiatus and we will see what is to come.”
After building a name for BevCon in Charleston, SC during 2016 and 2017, Postell moved the event cross country to Los Angeles, CA in 2018. The LA iteration featured a host of bold faced names on the speakers’ bill, but struggled to gain the wide draw of Tales of the Cocktail or BCB.
Moving forward, Postell will focus her efforts on her new event planning company, Sipindipity. The company’s website describes a range of service with an emphasis events & activations, festivals, and talent relations.
Postell’s release took care to offer thanks to the team around BevCon. “I have met so many talented professionals and learned from the best in the business,” she noted. “I hope those that attended, presented, and sponsored had that same experience as well, and I would like to thank them for their support the last three years.”
The organizer singled out BevCon number two Sara Donahue for praise as indispensable part of the team. God also received a shoutout for bestowing “wisdom, strength, courage, and love.”