WhiskyFest Chicago Speaker David King
David King is the President of San Francisco-based Anchor Distilling Company, where he directs one of the most complete, interesting and influential premium niche portfolios and artisanal distilleries in the country. With more than 25 years of international spirits experience, it is no surprise that King has more than tripled the Anchor Distilling Company’s team and business, growing from eight people in 2011 to more than 36 by the end of 2013, while following a vision for innovation within the portfolio.
To that end, King has overseen the additions of the Japanese whisky brand Nikka, the French cognac HINE, the Peruvian pisco BarSol, and now the first-ever in the U.S. Taiwanese whisky Kavalan, making Anchor Distilling Company the go-to importer for unique premium spirits. Additionally, King continues to innovate at Anchor Distilling Company’s headquarters where he oversaw the creation of HOPHEAD Vodka – the first-ever vodka distilled with hops – and White Christmas (a distillate of Anchor Brewing’s 2012 Christmas ale), both of which marry the distilling and brewing sides of Anchor Brewers & Distillers perfectly.
King is on the advisory council of the World Whisky Festival, and frequent speaker at many whisky festivals worldwide. King is also a Master of the Keepers of the Quaich and has been featured in numerous publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle and Bloomberg Markets.