Waypoint Spirits and UConn School of Engineering jointly hosted an Innovation Connection on July 16 at the newly opened Waypoint Spirits facility in Bloomfield. A mix of UConn professionals, beverage trade professionals and invited guests participated in a panel discussion titled, “Engineer Your Spirits.”
The panel consisted of John Taylor, Co-Owner, Waypoint Spirits; Devin Vogel, Head Distiller, Waypoint Spirits; Jeffrey McCutcheon, Professor, UConn School of Engineering; Dennis D’Amico, Professor, UConn School of Engineering; and Jose Giner, Director of Planning and Economic Development, Town of Bloomfield.
Guests questioned the panel about the “new age” of craft distilling in Connecticut with a range of topics including water use, using locally-sourced crops and marketing products. Robin Ann Bienemann, Entrepreneur in Residence at UConn, said the School of Agriculture and Waypoint Spirits formed a partnership in which the school will grow wheat for Waypoint Spirits to use to produce its Labrador Noon Vodka.