Rowhouse Spirits
Rowhouse Spirits in Philadelphia, above, is located in one of " America's 20 Best Destinations for Craft Spirits" according to the world's first Craft Spirits Tourism Index, pointing out the top 20 spots in America for enjoying craft spirits. Read more about this collaboration between Travelocity and American Distilling Institute (ADI) by clicking here.

Awards/Recognition
Cayuga Gold Barrel Gin brings home a silver medal  for the third year in a row! 
Cayuga Gold Barrel Gin
 
Adding this medal to our collection puts Cayuga Gold at the very top of our list of award-winning spirits - four awards in two years! We're also proud to announce that J. Earl Myer Cinnamon Lake has won it's first award, a bronze medal from the 2017 ADI JudgingMyer Farm Distillers
Cedar Ridge earns national Distillery of the Year honors 
Cedar Ridge Distillery _ 2017 Bubble Cap Award for Distillery of the Year
Swisher [Iowa] company is tops among 1,300 craft whiskey operations.
Jeff Quint says many Eastern Iowans might think of Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery as "that winery just off the Swisher exit" of Interstate 380 near the Johnson-Linn County border. Read more.
Maggie's Farm Rum Falernum and Coffee Liqueurs awarded "Best-in-Category" by ADI 
Maggie_s Farm Rum
We submitted four spirits this year. Each was awarded a medal: bronze, silver, silver, and silver. Additionally, the falernum and coffee liqueurs were also both awarded "best-in-category" medals for their respective categories (no golds were awarded in either category, just to give you an idea of how tough these judges can be)  More. 
Releases/Events/Educ.
Cherry Blossom Infused Gin launch set for April 29th 
Lockhouse Sakura Gin Launch Party
Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 7 pm
Lockhouse Distillery to Release Seasonal "Sakura Gin", in Collaboration with the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. 
Sakura Gin won the Stewards' Choice Award at the 2017 ADI Spirits Judging.
Sunday Funday Crawfish Boil at Witherspoon 
Crawfish boil at Witherspoon Distillery

Sunday, April 30, 2017
Crawfish Boil at Witherspoon Distillery
Tickets available for 11am, 1:30pm, 4pm or 6:30pm serving times. More info.
Distilling Training in Utah
Chris and Ashley Cross_ who own New World Distillery
Distilling with Advanced Techniques and Technologies  Sunday, May 7, 2017
New World Distillery, Eden, UT. Info.  
Distillation Basics Workshop

Mt. Grove still at MO State U

WhereMissouri State Winery and Distillery, MSU - Mountain Grove, MO
DatesMay 16 - 17, 2017More info.
Workshop: Starting Your Own Distillery - Part One

Rob Rubens Distilling stills

WhereRob Rubens Distilling & Brewing, 909 E. El Segundo Blvd., El Segundo, CA
DateMay 20-21, 2017More info.
2017 New York International Spirits Competition- April 23

Open to all commercially produced spirits from around the world. You do not have to be imported or sold in New York to submit! Remember to enter the coupon code ADI17 upon checking out to receive a $50 discount/entryInfo.


A new International Spirits Competition
May 6-7, 2017 in Rochester, NY during Rochester Cocktail Revival. Entry Deadline: April 28, 2017  More info.
New DSP Permits
New DSP permits as of April  2017

New Distilled Spirits Plant (DSP) permits issued by the TTB. Enlarge/more info.
New Products
New attachment allows PicoBrew devices to be used for distilling 
PicoBrew_s distilling attachment.
Seattle-based PicoBrew has launched a new attachment that will allow its craft brewing appliances to distill.  Read more

Bill's Corner

 
ADI President/Founder
Bill Owens 
Moonshine brand for sale 
Kentucky-based Lucky Kentucky Moonshine is currently seeking a buyer. This brand has gained traction in ten states. If you are seriously interested, please email for more information.

Check out  ADI Forums for distilling community marketplace.
Still for sale 
copper still for sale

Never used, new 7 50 gal Vendome Pot Still . Michael DiAntonio: 609-780-3756.

See more equipment on  ADI Forums
Seth drinks America 
Join Seth Jacobs as he travels coast-to-coast, visiting and reviewing craft distilleries. Read more.
These 11 Photographers Captured the Banal Beauty of the American Suburbs
Bill Owens image from Suburbia book.
ADI Founder & President Bill Owens is among those featured. Read more.
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.
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William Grant buys Tuthilltown Spirits
by Annie Hayes,  The Spirits Business 
Tuthilltown Spirits in Gardiner_ NY.  
Ralph Erenzo of Tuthilltown Spirits
Ralph Erenzo, co-founder of Tuthilltown Spirits and Hudson whiskeys, in the distillery's country store in Gardiner, NY. Read more. (related story.)
Following the acquisition of  Hudson Whiskey in 2010, William Grant & Sons has bought producer  Tuthilltown Spirits - New York State's first distillery since Prohibition - for an undisclosed sum.

William Grant has acquired the 36-acre Tuthilltown facility based in Hudson Valley, which includes the distillery, gourmet restaurant, visitor centre and grounds with riverfront views.

The craft distillery was co-founded by Ralph Erenzo and Brian Lee, and its acquisition is described as a "logical addition" to William Grant's US operations. Read more.

 
Cheers: Legislature approves drinks by the glass at Iowa craft distilleries
by Brianne Pfannenstiel and William Petroski, The Des Moines Register

The distilling room at the Iowa Distilling Company.
A bill allowing Iowa's craft liquor distillers to mix cocktails at their manufacturing facilities gained final legislative approval Monday, with both Democrats and Republicans praising the bill as a good step for economic development.

The issue has been under discussion in the Legislature for years as distillers tried and failed to advance legislation they say puts them on a level playing field with Iowa's craft breweries and wineries, which already are able to open lounges and tasting rooms where patrons can buy a glass of beer or wine made on-site. 
More. 

Craft distilling bill one committee away from [Florida] House, Senate floor
by Nick Evans, WFSU
(Public Media, PBS, and NPR for Northern Florida and Southern Georgia)

A Senate panel has approved a measure allowing craft distillers to sell more spirits directly. The idea is garnering support from unlikely sources.

While state lawmakers spar over major policy disagreements, a craft distilling measure is one of a handful of narrower issues trudging through the committee process. Normally an opponent of reducing restrictions on alcohol, Sen. Darryl Rouson (D-St. Petersburg) is adding his support the bill.

"I have generally opposed expansion of alcohol," he explains. "I have generally opposed erosion of the three tier system, but I understand that some of these distilleries are doing... 
Read more. 

Faribault [MN] council approves first reading of amendment allowing micro distilleries downtown
by Gunnar Olson,  Faribault Daily News

Future home of 10_000 Drops distilling.

After clearing up questions of possible odor offenses, the Faribault City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would allow micro distilleries to operate downtown. The applicant, 10,000 Drops Craft Distillery, is the current tenant of the old Peterson Art Furniture building at 28 Fourth St. NE.

Jake Hvistendahl, Rob Kruchoski and Pat Jacobs are three friends who are taking on the project in downtown Faribault. They had to request that the city amend its zoning text to allow for micro distilleries as a permitted use in the city's Central Business District in order to achieve their goal. 
 Read more.

Ontario [Canada] chambers fight for breaks
by  Bruce Bell, The County Weekly News [Canada]

spirits bottles_Getty images
Leaders from Prince Edward County, Belleville, Quinte West and Peterborough want support from fellow chambers of commerce across Ontario in asking the province for the same tax breaks and incentives currently given to wineries and craft breweries for distilleries.
Emily Cowan, executive director of the Prince Edward County Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, said craft distilling is a growth industry that has the potential to create jobs and boost economies.
She said the LCBO annual report showed in 2015-2016 Ontario craft distillers reported strong sales growth, up 63.7 per cent to $3.7 million, but recent legislation under Bill 70 presents more of a challenge to the fledgling industry instead of building it.
  Read more.

 
Int'l awards are just the tonic for local gin distillers
by Renata Gortan, The Daily Telegraph [Perth, AUS]
Nigel Weisbaum making Gin cocktails at the Archie Rose distillery in Rosebery.
Nigel Weisbaum making Gin cocktails at the Archie Rose distillery in Rosebery. 

April 4, Rosebery craft distiller Archie Rose won best in class in the contemporary gin category at the coveted American Distilling Institute awards. Adelaide Hills distiller 78 Degrees Gin did even better, taking out the prize for best international gin.   Read more.

Medals in Michigan: awards for craft spirits
by Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press
Valentine Distilling Co. owner and CEO Rifino Valentine

From aquavit to vodka and smoked whiskey, Michigan-made spirits have commanded more attention than ever this year in national and international competitions.

Earlier this month, Michigan's distilleries received 28 awards at the American Distilling Institute's 11th annual spirits competition in Baltimore. The pool included more than 800 entrants from across the world. Gold medals went to Long Road Distillers' aquavit and to Grand Traverse Distillery's smoked whiskey, Islay Rye Whiskey.
"Last year, six Michigan distilleries received 16 medals, and this year we nearly doubled the hardware presented to our members. That's exciting news for Pure Michigan's growing craft spirits industry," Dianna Stampfler, executive director of the Michigan Craft Distillers Association, said in a  news release.   Read more.

 
Top female-founded distilleries
 by Annie Hayes, The Spirits Business 

Republic Restoratives co-founders Pia Caruson and Rachel Gardner
Yesterday's Spirits Business article on Top female-founded distilleries. Women we are proud to know! Congrats to all the ladies named here, and the equally fearless women they omitted! - Anne-Sophie Whitehead, ADI Deputy Director

Republic Restoratives is a small batch distillery and craft cocktail bar in Washington, DC co-founded by Pia Caruson and Rachel Gardner. This community-centric distillery is also the largest crowd-funded distillery in the world, and made headlines in March - Women's History Month - with the release of Rodham Rye: named in honour of Hillary Clinton. On the label it reads: "A tribute to the women who make us what we are today. From those who fought for the vote and to end prohibition, our sisters and mothers, and women everywhere who speak out, take risks and raise up the leaders of tomorrow. Here's to you." The distillery also crafts Borough...   Read more.

 
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Spice bag at Farmers and Distillers in Washington DC

Every distillery has a different process. At Farmers and Distillers in Washington DC, they use a muslin bag filled spices that is infused for weeks. The rest of the process is varies distillery to distillery. - Bill Owens, Founder/President, ADI. (bill@distilling.com)
 

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