Craft Spirits Weekly
Welcome to the 87th issue of Craft Spirits Weekly , a service dedicated to bringing you the news most important to the craft spirits distiller. Check your inbox every Thursday to find a curated selection of articles and news pieces from the American Craft Spirits Association.
LAST CALL: Room Block for Long Beach Safety Program Expires Fri. 8/24
If you haven't yet booked a room for the West Coast edition of the ACSA master class, Distillery Safety Management 101, we urge you do do so now, as the discount room rate expires tomorrow, Friday, August 24 . Join us as we head to Long Beach, California for our next Regional Education Program, Thursday, September 6 to Friday, September 7. ACSA has partnered with Industrial Safety and Training Services to present "Distillery Safety Management 101." Learn about hazard recognition, requirements of written policies, regulatory training, general OSHA compliance and much more over this two-day class. The registration fee is $399 for ACSA members and $699 for non-members. The fee for any additional participants from your company is $299 for members and $529 for non-members. We've negotiated a discount room rate of $149 a night at the event's host hotel, the Courtyard Long Beach Downtown. The rate expires on August 24, so don't delay!
Garrison Brothers Helps Raise Nearly $150K for Hurricane Relief
About this time last year, we all watched anxiously as Hurricane Harvey came crashing ashore along the Gulf Coast. Many of us prayed for our friends, neighbors, and family members who were scattered along the Gulf, bravely facing the immediate blow and the subsequent weeks of devastating floods. Eighty-eight Texans lost their lives. Texas took a tough hit but didn’t even stagger. It could have been so much worse. This was when Garrison Brothers Distillery first reached out to The Bourbon Brotherhood (and Sisterhood) to raise money for Team Rubicon’s disaster relief efforts. (Garrison Brothers)
Register Now: ACSA's 8/29 Webinar on Distillery Lease Negotiations
Join us August 29th at 3 p.m. EDT as attorney Cozette Tran-Caffee addresses “Important considerations when negotiating a distillery lease,” including:
  • Pre-lease/site selection issues (finding the right site, with the right neighbors)
  • General tenant-side lease concerns (protecting your right to stay, negotiating your freedom to leave)
  • Industry specific concerns (satisfying the local, state, and federal authorities)
  • Unexpected circumstances (protecting your rights when natural, human, or governmental disaster strikes)
Cozette is experienced in land use, real estate and eminent domain matters, including land use entitlements for landowners and developers, as well as retailers and other end users. Cozette works to obtain practical, creative and cost-effective solutions for her clients as they navigate the regulatory process. The registration fee for the webinar is $59.
MISCellaneous Distillery's New Corn Whiskey Benefits Veterans
MISCellaneous Distillery has unveiled its barrel-aged corn whisky, a spirit with a mission. MISCellaneous Corn Whisky is launched in partnership with Operation Second Chance, an organization supporting veterans and their families. (The Drinkable Globe) 
La Crosse Distilling Hires Executive Chef for Under-Construction Distillery
La Crosse Distilling Co. has hired Jorge Guzman, a finalist for the James Beard Best Chef Midwest in 2017, as executive chef and partner for the under-construction Wisconsin distillery. (Eater Twin Cities) 
North Carolina's Outer Banks Distilling Donates $17,500 for Playground
Outer Banks Distilling presented a $17,500 check to Dare County Parks and Recreation at the Aug. 6, Board of Commissioners meeting. Adam Ball, one of the four owners of Outer Banks Distilling, contacted Dare County Parks and Recreation following the removal of one of his 4-year-old son’s favorite pieces of playground equipment at Family Recreation Park in Kill Devil Hills. (Outer Banks Voice)
Maine Distillery/Brewery Combo to Benefit Animal Shelters
A trio of Kennebunkport-area businessmen are launching a new “beverage and lifestyle brand” called Lucky Dog that will donate a percentage of its proceeds to animal shelters in Maine. Lucky Dog includes a hybrid brewery/distillery in Biddeford, a farm and orchard in Kennebunkport, and a tasting room at the former Tia’s Topside at 12 Western Ave. in Kennebunk. (CentralMaine.com)
Kentucky's Castle & Key Distillery Finally Set to Open Next Month
It’s taken four years, but finally, Castle & Key Distillery will open to the public on Wednesday, Sept. 19. (The Whiskey Wash)
Indy's West Fork Whiskey Secures Funding for Expansion
Indianapolis-based West Fork Whiskey Co. has announced plans to grow. The craft distillery says it has secured private funding that will support added production capacity, a new rickhouse, longer aging capabilities and regional distribution in the Midwest. (Inside Indiana Business)
Distillers Bring Concept of 'Terroir' to Craft Spirits
In recent years the Strip District, blocks of warehouses running north from downtown Pittsburgh along the Allegheny River, has become a hub of innovation, including a research center where Ford is developing its next generation of driverless vehicles. But the ideas don’t stop at cars and computers. Nestled among the laboratories and start-ups is Wigle Whiskey, a craft distillery with a reputation for off-the-wall experimentation. (The New York Times)
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