The John Locke Foundation
Cordially invites you to

Shaftesbury Society Luncheon

with our special guest

Scott Maitland

- Proprietor
Top of the Hill Distillery

"Unleashing The Spirits Of North Carolina"

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Monday, February 23, 2015
12:00 p.m.

The John Locke Foundation, 200 W Morgan St., Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27601

Price: $10.00 (for lunch)

North Carolina distilleries face serious competitive barriers and regulatory challenges, thanks to our ABC laws. Unlike craft breweries and wineries, which are allowed to sell their products to customers who tour their facilities, distillers are prevented from selling directly to customers. Scott Maitland is calling for reform. In this presentation, he will share his experience as a distillery proprietor, discuss the state of distilling across the country, compare the birth of North Carolina's craft brewing industry with the birth of the spirits industry, and make his recommendations for change.


Scott founded Top of the Hill in 1996 to prevent a chain restaurant from dominating downtown Chapel Hill. He says that being in the brewpub business in Chapel Hill has created his appreciation for the impact local organizations have on a community and his belief in the need to create stronger local economies. His views inspired the creation of Top of the Hill Distillery and TOPO Organic Spirits, made from local, organic agricultural products. Scott has been an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at UNC-Chapel Hillís Kenan-Flagler Business School since 2008.

Shaftesbury Luncheon talks are free and open to the public. An optional lunch is available for purchase at the event, or participants may brown bag a lunch if they choose.

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