News from ADI
Michael Kinstlick
Michael Kinstlick, ADI Research Economist, will be presenting his annual State of the Industry address at the
2017 ADI Conference
& Vendor Expo
April 3-6, 2017
in Baltimore, MD
Other topics of note: Following Karen Hoskin's keynote address, Christopher Arneson, Tax Policy Advisor to the US Senate Finance Committee, will be talking about Tax Parity for Craft Distillers.

Floor plan of 2017 ADI Conference_Vendor Expo
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ADI Members will receive 
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Gin Summit  April 1
Washington, D.C. 
Gin Summit
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Events
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.
2nd annual HOLLER Festival, a celebration of Kentucky craft beer & spirits

Holler festival

Where: New Riff Event Center
Date: April 15th
Time: 6-10 p.m.  More info.
2017 New York International Spirits Competition
NYISC logo

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.
Awards/Recognition
MGP's Non-GMO Grain Neutral Spirits achieve Project Verified Status
NON GMO Project

MGP's Non-GMO grain neutral spirts (GNS) are now Non-GMO Project Verified. The verification process started over a year ago when MGP initially established its Non-GMO corn sourcing program. We further refined and tightened our process for acquiring Non-GMO corn to meet the Non-GMO Project Verified criteria. Along with this effort, we worked closely with our yeast and enzyme suppliers to assure that only Non-GMO processing aids were used.  More info.
Cadée Distillery selected as sponsoring spirit for tribute to Ginny and Henry Mancini
Cad_e Distillery selected as sponsoring spirit for Beverly Hills Event_ a tribute to Ginny and Henry Mancini

Specialty cocktails for the event include a Pink Panther Cosmo, the Inspector Clouseau, and the Gin-ny Martini using Cadée Intrigue Gin.   Watch video.
New Releases
Redlands Distillery Small Cask Matured Release
Redlands Distillery Small Cask Matured Release

The first of our small cask matured, single malt, single casks is being released! 
Matured in a 20L first fill port cask, this whisky boasts characters of rich stone fruits, toffee and caramel. With a Christmas pudding & candied orange influence. More info.
Iron Range Single Malt Whiskey by Vikre Distillery
Iron Range Single Malt Whiskey

Our first single malt whiskey, Iron Range American Single Malt, is the first whiskey we distilled, so it's been aging for three years. We brewed it in collaboration with Bent Paddle, then distilled it and aged it in a mixture of used bourbon barrels and used white port barrels.
Distillery News
Eastside Distilling acquires MotherLode craft spirits bottling business
Eastside Distilling logo
Eastside Distilling, a producer of award-winning hand-crafted spirits, announced the acquisition of MotherLode Craft Distillery, a Portland, Oregon based provider of bottling services and production support to craft distilleries. Since its founding in 2014 by Allen Barteld, the mission of MotherLode has been to enable craft distillers to increase their production and extend their product lines,  Read more.

Join Restless Spirits and more than 100 other distillers in Baltimore
Restless Spirits in KS
Restless Sprints will be attending the ADI Conference in Baltimore April 3-6.
They are just one of 7 distilleries in Kansas City, M0.

Seattle Mariners and Heritage Distilling Co. ink sponsorship deal 
Heritage Distilling and Seattle Mariners logos
Teams joining forces to celebrate "Mariners Heritage": 40 years of baseball in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. The Seattle Mariners baseball club announced today the signing of a three-year sponsorship agreement with Heritage Distilling Company  Read more.
New Jersey's first farm distillery since Prohibition now open 
Sourland Mountain Distillery
Sourland Mountain Spirits distillery opened March 11 on the Double Brook Farm property behind the Brick Farm Tavern.   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.
Connect With Us
Women in Distilling Luncheon to be held at 
ADI Conference in Baltimore - April 5, 2017

Samantha Katz, Founder of Ladies of American Distilling, will share with us the genesis of the organization and exciting projects and upcoming developments.

Our second edition of the Women in Distilling luncheon will take place at the Hyatt Inner Harbor Pisces restaurant on Wednesday, April 5 at noon. Hosted by ADI and Ladies of American Distilling (LOAD). Limited to 130 guests.

 
Distilleries that malt
It's a small club
by Hamilton Distillers

Scotland smoke towers

At Hamilton Distillers we had to learn how to malt our own barley because we wanted to make a truly American Single Malt Whiskey by drying malt over a mesquite fire instead of a peat fire like they do in Scotland. We've always known that there are only a handful of distilleries in the U.S. that malt their own barley, but we recently learned that even in Scotland there are only seven that malt. Of those seven Scottish distilleries there are only a couple who malt all their own barley.  And of the American distilleries there are only a couple who malt all their own as well.  

The American distilleries that we know of are:
    Leopold Brothers in Colorado
    Copper Fox Distillery in Virginia
    Hamilton Distillers in Arizona
    Tombstone Distillery in Arizona
    Hillrock Distillery in New York State
    Copper Sea Distilling in New York State
    Corsair Distillery in Tennessee

 
Colorado Film Company announces production and casting call for: The Whiskey Film
Photo credit_ Jay Cagney
Character-driven film experience portrays the agriculture significance of America's craft spirit.

Documentary film producers behind the Netflix movie, Crafting A Nation, announce the production of, The Whiskey Film. The Whiskey Film has secured a signed distribution agreement and is scheduled for a Spring 2018 release. The film tells the story of handmade entrepreneurs who work to define American Whiskey from raw ingredients to the finished product. "The whiskey industry in the United States is over 200 years old and when a Congressional Resolution declared Bourbon Whiskey as America's native spirit in 1964, it gained a legitimacy in heritage. No other country can call their spirit: Bourbon Whiskey.   Read more.

The Whiskey Film is on a nationwide search to find up to eight more distilleries to feature. The film will choose characters who exemplify the core themes of intention, tradition, education, history, and change over time. Interested parties can email:
LINK to The Whiskey Film Indiegogo campaign.

 
Women Who Whisky: 7 Questions for Koval Distillery's President
by The Whisky Lady 

Koval President Sonat Birnecker Hart

First of all, could you tell me a bit more about yourself: where do you come from, career background etc. and how did you end up setting up the first distillery in Chacago since the 1800s?

Both Robert and I have academic backgrounds and Ph.Ds. I was a tenured professor before starting KOVAL and Robert was the Deputy Press Secretary of the Austrian Embassy in DC. Robert however, had grown up distilling on his grandparent's distillery/winery in Austria. Our decision to make whisky came just after we had saved enough money for a down payment on a modest house.  
Read more.

 
Luminary Distilling, Cart/Horse Distilling 
opening near Erie, Pennsylvania
by Bob Batz Jr., Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Luminary Distilling and cart_horse distilling

When Luminary Distilling opens Saturday, March 11, just outside Erie, it will be the first distillery in Erie County in nearly a century. Or at least, the first legal one. But it's to be followed next weekend by another one about 20 miles away in Edinburg. And so the craft distilling boom arrives in Northwest Pennsylvania.

Luminary is in the new Fuhrman's Plaza on U.S. Route 19 in Summit Township, just south of the city. The distiller is a 33-year-old high school math teacher, Joel Normand, who has been brewing beer since he was old enough to drink that and dabbling in making spirits as well. He'll run the production facility and tasting room with his wife, Maria DiSanza, who'll also will keep her day job as an assistant physical therapist at UPMC Hamot... 
Read more.
 
Rhum Agricole in South Africa
by Susan Colby

Sugar cane crusher at Tapanga Rum.
Mathias Wessels at the manual sugar cane crusher at Tapanga Rum.

Sugar cane stretches as far as the eye can see; rolling hills dotted with rondavels and small homesteads. The bumpy dirt road tests my little rental Ford and we slow down to avoid potholes and dongas, following far enough behind Tapanga Rum's 4x4 to avoid eating dust.

Stopping periodically to pick up workers waiting for a ride to work, the Tapanga vehicle turned into a compound with several buildings and we drove in through the security gates. 
Read more.
 
New tasting room at Dry Fly Distilling 
celebrates grain-to-glass journey
by Scott Maben, The Spokesman-Review 
Dry Fly Distilling tasting room in Spokane.
McGraw Donovan and Brad Barrick take measurements in the new Dry Fly Distilling tasting room in Spokane.

Dry Fly Distilling likes to highlight the journey from farm to bottle - the use of grains produced on the Palouse to make its acclaimed gin, vodka, whiskey and bourbon. That connection to the land is now on display in the Spokane distiller's new tasting room, set to open Saturday at Dry Fly's home base near Gonzaga University.

The 130-year-old wood planks wrapping the bar are straight out of a local barn loft. Hardware on the door to the barrel room is fashioned from steel chisel points taken off old plows. "We used junk, if you will, from the scrap pile and turned it into... Read more.

 
Local View: Modernizations for craft 
beer,  wine also could help distilleries
by Emily and Joel Vikre

Northern Minnesota

Craft beer and wine have seen tremendous success in the state of Minnesota. These industries have contributed significantly to employment, agriculture, tourism and taxes. The public can see the success of these industries is an obvious boon to our state. Alcohol distributors and retailers also have seen gains from these industries that provide them with higher-end, higher-margin local products to sell. Indeed, overall sales have grown for all three tiers of the alcohol system as craft beer and wine have become significant players in the state.

Craft distilling is poised now to make the same contribution to Minnesota. Our nascent industry owes its start to modernizations in state liquor laws that began in 2011. These changes... 
Read more.

 

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