More than 800 bottles were entered into the 2017 ADI Judging of Craft Spirits.
More than 800 bottles were entered into the 2017 ADI Judging of Craft Spirits. Read more, below left.

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802 spirits entered in ADI's 11th Annual Judging of Craft Spirits
ADI_s 11th Annual Judging of Craft Spirits
More than the record quantity, the judges are excited by the quality of the spirits. More established distilleries are now able to enter spirits having several years of age and the clear spirits show increasing finesse and sophistication. Award-winning spirits will be announced Tuesday night, April 4, 2017, at the ADI Conference in Baltimore. 
Hands-on Distilling Workshops at the
2017 ADI Conference
& Vendor Expo
April 3-6, 2017
Baltimore, MD
ADI hands-on distilling workshop.
Gin Summit  April 1-2
Washington, D.C. 
Gin Summit
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DC Distillers Festival
Saturday, February 25
DC Distillers Fest

DC Distillers Festival kicks off Saturday, February 25, 2017. Over 20 specially curated Craft Distillers join a 1920's jazz band at Long View Gallery and serve patrons tastings over a three session, all-day, all-night speakeasy experience.  More info.
Two Brewers Whisky earns 3 silver medals
Canadian Whisky Awards
First-time entrant wins big at Canadian Whisky Awards. Less than a year since their inaugural whisky release, Two Brewers Single Malt has won THREE Silver Medals at 2017 Canadian Whisky Awards.   More info.

New Releases
Jōcassee Gin Barrel Rested from Dark Corner
Dark Corner Distillerys J_cassee Gin Barrel Rested

Jōcassee Gin Barrel Rested is a crisp and refreshing juniper-based spirit from Dark Corner Distillery that's artfully aged in new American white oak barrels. 
Limited edition: Schatzi Vodka from Nelson's Green Brier Distillery
Schatzi Vodka
Andy Nelson created this limited release of of vodka in honor of his wedding. Schatzi, roughly translated into "sweetheart" in German, is a vodka with chocolate and vanilla notes. This commemorative bottle is only available in the distillery gift shop.
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Flying Buck Distillery comes on line
Flying Buck Distillery
Flying Buck Distillery
On December 7, 2016, Flying Buck Distillery began selling Moonshine to a thirsty public. Flying Buck is a farm-based distillery in Augusta WV on US Route 50, about a half hour west of Winchester VA.

The first three products are Moonshine, Naughty Oak Moonshine, and Apple Pie Moonshine. Naughty Oak is an oak-infused moonshine aged 30-60 days. Apple Pie Moonshine is an Applachian classic - Moonshine infused with apples from the farm and apple pie spices. In 2017, the Distillery plans to introduce three fruit-based liqueurs. There will be a Raspberry, a Cherry, and a Peach liqueur.

In the meantime, we've got plenty of smooth-drinking Moonshine.
Y'all come on down!
New Products
Electric Steam Generator
MBA Electric Steam Generator
These generators are perfect for standby operations in off seasons or when a larger boiler is shut down or unavailable.  More info.
Cocktail Recipe
Mad River Distilling cocktail
PX I Love You 
courtesy of  Mad River Distillers

2 oz PX Rum 
.25 oz Royal Rose Cardamom 
   Clove Syrup 
4 Dashes Cherry Bitters

Rub the rim of the rocks glass with a lemon swath. Stir all the ingredients over ice. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice and garnish with a cherry.

ADI's Certification Program now has 2,207 spirits listed!

View the stats here.
Apply today  and join the 443 micro-distilleries who are truly  craft.
2017 ADI membership logos  

ADI Membership logo 2017

ADI Members: click here to access your new 2017 ADI membership logos for you to include on your websites, print collateral materials, etc. Two high resolution formats: jpg and png.

Book on Sale: Modern Moonshine Techniques
by Bill Owens
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Niagara distillers - growing in numbers
by CHCH-TV, Canada

Chris Jeffries and Andrew Morison_ of Niagara Falls Craft Distillers
Chris Jeffries and Andrew Morison, of Niagara Falls Craft Distillers, were excited to open their new venture to the public last Friday. ( see related story link below)

There has been an explosion of distilleries in Ontario over the last 5 years, the latest distillery has setup shop in the Niagara Falls area.
Owners Chris, Andrew and Ian are paying homage to Niagara Falls with their latest venture. "Lundy's Lane 1814 gin, which is a nod to the battle on Lundy's Lane, we are located on Lundy's Lane."
The Niagara Falls Craft Distillers produces and sells small batch vodka, gin, whisky and other spirits in house and starting next month their product will hit LCBO shelves. The distillery is the latest to call Niagara home. Geoff Dillion opened Dillon's small batch distillers in Beamsville in 2013.
Geoff Dillon of Dillon_s Distillery
"Four years ago there were 3 of us craft distillers in Ontar
io. As of right now, there is something like 22 that have joi ned the Ontario's Craft Distillers Association, so it has been a pretty quick explosion of craft distilling."

Dillon says the built in wine-industry was one of the draws to the region. Niagara College, which is home to Canada's first commercial winery and brewery program announced a distilling one last year. It is set to begin this fall and there is a lot of interest. 
Read more.

Related storyby Ray Spiteri, Niagara Falls Review
Whisky industry trade body joins forces with craft distillers to promote the true spirit of Scotch
by Scott McCulloch, Daily Record [Scotland]

Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy Fergus Ewing_ Rosemary Gallagher_ head of communications with the Scotch Whisky Association_ and Alan Wolstenholme_ chairman of the Scottish Craft Distillers Association
Team spirit: from left, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy Fergus Ewing, Rosemary Gallagher, head of communications with the Scotch Whisky Association,
and Alan Wolstenholme, chairman of the Scottish Craft Distillers Association,
with the collaboration agreement.

Industry trade body the Scotch Whisky Association has signed a collaboration agreement with the craft spirits body the Scottish Craft Distillers Association.The trade bodies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work in partnership "to support the continued success of the entire Scotch whisky industry and its supply chain".

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), the trade body for large whisky distillers, and the Scottish Craft Distillers Association (SCDA), which supports smaller and relatively new craft spirit producers, will support each other but remain as distinct organisations with their own memberships. 
Read more.
Craft spirits among the newest homegrown products to sprout in the Walla Walla Valley
by Vicki Hillhouse, [Walla Walla] Union-Bulletin
Betsy Hetterley pours for guests visiting Walla Walla from Boise__Idaho__in the tasting room at Shot in the Dark_distillery.
Betsy Hetterley pours for guests visiting Walla Walla from Boise,
Idaho, in the tasting room at Shot in the Dark distillery.

Kevin Hetterley's specialty is pretty much dessert in a shot glass.
"It's like the sweet, sweet taste of apple pie heaven," cooed one woman to a trio of friends, here from Spokane on a girls weekend, during a recent Saturday tasting at Shot in the Dark Craft Distillery.

It took Hetterley two decades to perfect his Apple Pie Moonshine, merging his grandmother's Dutch apple pie recipe into a silky adult beverage that's the signature of his business. 
Read more.

WA food park gets into the spirit of craft distilling
by Dian Ver Valen, Union-Bulletin [Walla Walla, WA]
Blue Mt Station Artisan Food Center
If things go as planned, at least two distilleries will be in operation
at Blue Mountain Station in Dayton, WA next year.

Craft distilleries aren't just for urban communities. Dayton has two up-and-coming spirits ventures at Blue Mountain Station, the Port of Columbia's food park just outside of town.

XO Alambic - owner Rusty Figgins. The XO stands for "extra old," a mark of distinction when it comes to cognac and brandy. "The XO also stands for hugs and kisses to signify that our spirits are made with love and that we give our love to visitors who support our business," Figgins, the master distiller, said. Figgins bears the title "master distiller" with pride, continuing to offer master classes... Read more.

Central Standard Craft Distillery to expand 
  by David Schuyler and Sean Ryan, Milwaukee Business Journal
Interior of Clybourn St. building.

Central Standard Craft Distillery said [last week] it is planning to expand into a new facility west of Marquette University's campus to help it meet growing demand. The project will cost $1.1 million and is expected to create nine jobs over the next two years. The new 10,000-square-foot facility is expected to open in July.
Central Standard's co-founders Evan Hughes and Pat McQuillan said the new production facility will enable the distillery to keep up demand while allowing for the addition of new products and for contract products, like the brandy it produces for Kohler Co. The facility is located in the Milwaukee neighborhood... Read more. 

With fireweed cosmos and spruce tip gin, 
Skagway distillery set to open in May
  by Emily Files, KHNS-Haines Public Media
Janilyn Heger of Skagway Spirits_
This fireweed-infused Cosmo is one of the drinks Janilyn Heger plans to include on Skagway Spirits' cocktail menu. (Photo by Emily Files/KHNS)

A family of self-described "serial entrepreneurs" in Skagway think they've found their final adventure: a craft distillery. After more than a year of paperwork and preparation, Skagway Spirits is set to open this spring. The new business is part of a growing craft distilling industry in Alaska. 
"So I'm gonna put an ice cube in there and a little bit of lime," said Janilyn Heger, as she mixes cocktails in her "test kitchen." She has a bag of lavender-colored ice cubes she made using fireweed petals.
She pours vodka distilled by her son, Lucas, into a glass.
"Classically a cosmo is vodka, cranberry juice," 
  Read more.

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DSP Permits issued February 2017

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