Join Managing Director curator & host of #LALive23 Scott Gemmell, as he & his team take you on an immersive journey of drinks discovery at this years Liquid Academy Live Stage at ScotHot.

Come and see the very latest in premium drinks brands and many intriguing features designed to inspire you in your pubs, bars, cafes, restaurants & hotels. 

Get down early to find out what’s hot at ScotHot this 8th & 9th of March 2023

Stage Features - Low2no / SLTA Deposit Return Decoded  / Vine of the Times / Monkey Shoulder Mixo Magic /  Edinburgh Gin Stage Takeover / Eco Spirits / Stranger Thing / Head Bartender Summit / SLTN Drinks Industry Question Time / Ms Betters Bitters / Rum n Spice & All things





 11:00 | Low2No Where do you go?

For moderate to low and non alcoholic drink thinkers, this feature will showcase the shift in drinking culture in Scotland through leading brands. Can you tell if it’s 0% or not?


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12:00 | Deposit Return Scheme – On-trade Industry Question Time with the Scottish Licensed Trade Association

With Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme due to commence on the 16th of August this year, many concerns and issues remain on how exactly this will all work. The discussion will particularly focus on the impact this will have on Scotland’s Pubs and Bars. Industry leaders will talk about the challenges to be faced and a Q&A session will provide an opportunity to raise questions directly with those responsible for running the Scheme.


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Colin Wilkinson
Scottish Licensed Trade Association

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Paul Togneri
Scottish Beer & Pub Association

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Leon Thompson
UK Hospitality Scotland


Dave Hunter

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Simon Jones
Circularity Scotland

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Tristan Turnbull
Circularity Scotland


13:00 | Vine of the Times

Open discussion about the evolution of the wine industry with a panel conversation from leading figures.

Guests will also get the chance to taste wines from Scottish eco producer Two Raccoons while learning about the current trends for 2023.


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Frans Mortengren
Wine & Spirit Ambassador
Sodexo Live!

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Stephen Boyles
Brown Brothers

Two Raccoons

Lasse Melgaard Rasmussen
Two Raccoons

Two Raccoons are the first zero-waste winery in the world, turning surplus fruits into fruit wines. Since 2021, they have scavenged over 5 tonnes of fruits and made 10,000L of wine with limited edition flavours such as blackcurrant, blackberry and banana. Through radical transparency, Two Raccoons aim to destigmatise surplus and waste through collaborative partnerships with fruit suppliers such as Baxters.



14:00 | Edinburgh Gin Takeover

The gin category is changing. Customers tastes are developing. What are distilleries doing to meet these new trends?

Ian Macleod Distillers is a family run spirits business with a portfolio that includes heritage whiskies, craft distilled gin and exciting new rums. Join two of their global brand ambassadors who work with bartenders and distributors to create and innovate new drinks offerings. They'll dissect and deliver a brand tasting experience to showcase their fabulous portfolio and give you some terrific new ideas with their Edinburgh Gin Classic & Raspberry expressions.

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Philip Kingscott
Brand Ambassador
Ian Macleod Distillers

Michael Sim
Ian Macleod Distillers



15:00 | Eco Spirits Uncovered

The diversity of Scotland’s spirit distillations is at an all time high, but some of Scotlands leading distillers are also keeping net zero and sustainability high on the agenda. Hear from the makers and taste their divine eco spirits too.

Special guest, area manager Andy Spratt of Revolutions Bars Group, will be sharing their net zero journey. Sustainable brand tasting aligned and supported by Rock Rose & Two Racoons.

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Andy Spratt
Area Manager
Revolution Bars Group

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Charlie Wilson
Brand Ambassador
Rock Rose (Dunnet Bay)

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Two Raccoons

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Tom Chisholm
Buck & Birch

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Duncan Morrison
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16:00 | Stranger Things

This unique feature is a place where obscure unique and game changing liquids meet the lips of our audience, its a place to inspire new creative ideas. Taste a broad range of unique liqueurs spirits modifiers.

This segment is designed to expand your range of interesting liquids featuring in your hotels, restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs.

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Paul Crawford
CEO & Founder
Panther Milk

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Charlie Wilson
Brand Ambassador
Holy Grass (Dunnet Bay)


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Pixel Spirits

Ian Macleod Distillers 

Philip Kingscott
Brand Ambassador
Pigs Nose


Sylvester Herman
IslandSlice Ltd






10:30 | Scottish VIP Head Bartenders Breakfast Summit – Mingle & Open Mixology (Invite Only)

Start the morning with some cocktail (or mocktail) making with Mixologists Garden, while enjoying a cup of Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee, Wee tea & fresh breakfast pastries courtesy of Delice De France. Masterclass: Play around with new spirits to create your own style cocktail – with Mixologist Garden.

From 11am our all-star bartenders panel discussion begins, discussing topics about the future of professional bartending in Scotland & beyond, join in with leading topics & questions.

Guest list only – get in touch to add your name to list. Limited availability.

Register your interest here

Kindly sponsored by |

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Craig Bonner
Sodexo Live!

Revolution Mitchell St Glasgow

Brad Riddell
Revolution Mitchell St, Glasgow

Mixologists Garden

Marcel Kotowski
Brand Ambassador
Mixologist's Garden


Leon Back
Head of Mixology
Virgin Hotels Edinburgh


Kay Langwenya
Bartender & Brand Ambassador



12:30 | A Bartenders Best Friend with Ms Better Bitters

Come witness the brilliance of one of the worlds top bitters brands Ms Better’s Bitters, creators of the Miraculous Foamer, Pineapple Star Anise Bitters and other drink elevating cocktail Bitters. brought to you by, JBE Imports UK.

Brand Showcase will include tasting with cocktails and brand show from their European ambassador.


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Jonathan Braham-Everett
Owner & Director
JBE Imports



13:30 | Drinks Industry Question Time with SLTN

Come join the debate & hear from a panel of leading publicans from all across Scotland and expect a fiery debate covering many of controversial issues surrounding the on-trade today.

This will be an uncensored question time discussion through the eyes of leading bar operators, hoteliers, restauranteurs and publicans in Scotland. We hope for honest reflections of the trade today, as we navigate the challenging conditions past, present and future being imposed on our industry by the Scottish and UK Governments.

Drinks sponsor |

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Gordon Davidson | HOST
Scottish Licensed Trade News

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Scott Gemmell | CO-HOST
Managing Director


Frank Murphy
The Pot Still
Graham Suttle
Lebowskis / Kained Holdings
Sian Buchan
Uno Mas
Scott Murray
The Imperial / CRU Holdings
Michael Bergson
Bucks Bar et al


14:45 | caskmaster

Monkey Shoulder brand ambassador, Jody Buchan, grabs a cocktail shaker and pours in spirits, education, team-building and competition - shakes it up and serves it out for an audience to watch. Featuring some of the brightest minds in the hospitality industry and posing them some of the weirdest, trickiest and most hilarious challenges you’re likely to see.

Sponsored by



Jody Buchan
Brand Ambassdor
Monkey Shoulder


15:45 | Rum N Spice & All Things Nice

Many local distillers feature in this fantastic collaborative rum tasting and meet the maker session. Scott Gemmell show curator will introducing the people behind the brands alongside tasting their fabulous rums.


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 *Please note: speakers, topics and timings are subject to change


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