Executive Director, California Artisanal Distillers Guild (CADG)
Seminar: Panel 2
Cris Steller is a founding partner at Dry Diggings Distillery. While building the distillery it became apparent there was a need for an organization representing the distilling industry in California. In 2012 the California Artisanal Distillers Guild was founded in Sacramento. Years of working in the non-profit and trade association industry helped Cris write the by-laws and found the build with 5 founding artisanal distillers. To date the CADG has passed 2 major pieces of legislation AB #933 in 2013 and AB #1233 in 2015. Both laws helped California distillers have tasting rooms, sell bottles direct to consumers, have private event privileges and ability add restaurants at their distillery. In 2016 Dry Diggings Distillery expanded with the acquisition of Amador Distillery and the Engine 49 brands. This new company is now Aurum Sierra, Inc. and operates out of El Dorado Hills, California.
Steller, 916 542 1700