"Life is short, have fun, slow down and enjoy the experience." From Jim Harrelson's Facebook page.
Jim Harrelson of Do Good Distillery
With heavy hearts, we say farewell to Jim Harrelson, founder of and "Master-in-Chief of All Things Whisky" at Do Good Distillery in Modesto, CA; 2016 President at California Artisanal Distillers Guild; "a good man, a good friend [who] touched many lives." 
Read memorial by Justin Koury.  [Photo by Andrew Faulkner, ADI]

News from ADI
Call for Presentations for ADI 2018 Conference
ADI Conference presentations
Submission deadline: September 15, 2017

Do you have a specialized presentation relating to technical decisions, expert topics or upcoming trends and research to share with the distilling community? 

Share your expertise at the largest Distilling Conference & Expo: 
March 26-28, 2018 at the Oregon Convention Center  

Craft Distilling Expo_London 2017
Tickets on sale NOW for London Craft Distilling 
 Expo & Conference
October 4 - 5  Tickets / info.
ADI Hands-on Distilling Workshop: Apple Brandy 
workshop at Tuthilltown
October  15-20, 2017
with Hubert Germain-Robin

at Tuthilltown Spirits, Gardiner, NY.
This week-long advanced class offers a rare opportunity to study with Master Distiller & Master Blender Hubert Germain-Robin.   More info./register

TTB News
New DSP Permits:
week one of August 2017
New DSP permits as of 6 August  2017

New Distilled Spirits Plant permits issued as of August 6, 2017 from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). Enlarge image/Read more 
New Releases
Events & Milestones
Old Glory Distilling Company to hold Total Solar Eclipse viewing party 
total solar eclipse viewing party at Old Glory Distilling Co.

Clarksville, TN - On Monday, August 21st, 2017, Old Glory Distilling Company will hold a Total Solar Eclipse viewing party from 9:00am until 4:00pm.  Read more.
New Riff Distilling to host benefit gin cocktail contest
Wild. A Summer Gin Cocktail Contest.
New Riff Distilling will bring together the creative minds behind six popular Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky-area bars and restaurants for Wild. A Summer Gin Cocktail Contest. Wed., August 23 from 6-9 p.m. at New Riff Event Center.
PostModern Spirits opens in in Knoxville's [TN] Old City
PostModern Spirits

Grand Opening: August 16, 2017

Located in the historic Jackson Terminal Building in Knoxville's Old City district, PostModern Spirits crafts contemporary American spirits aimed at the modern consumer. 
Read more.
Boot Hill Distillery resurrects long-dead bitters

Prickly Ash Bitters - the company defunct and their product out of production since the 1910s - now finds a new life as uniquely sweet and bitter American amaro produced by Kansas' only soil-to-sip distillery, Boot Hill Distillery Read more.
Gameday spirits are back, just in time for football season
Dark Corner Distillery_s game day spirits

Tiger Fire and Cock Lightning are now available at Dark Corner Distillery.
Get ready for college football in South Carolina! 
Read more.
MISCellaneous releases Restless Rye Whisky
Misc. Distilling_s Restless Rye

Batch #1 of Restless Rye Whisky will be available to sample and for sale from the tasting room starting at 4:00pm on Friday, August 11th and continuing as supplies last.  Read more.
Michigan Distilled Festival to  celebrate  locally-made 
craft spirits & cocktails
Michigan Distilled 2017
The Michigan Craft Distillers Association has announced its inaugural Michigan Distilled festival, featuring craft spirits and cocktails made around the Great Lakes State.  Friday, September 15, 6-10pm in Grand Rapids. Read more. Tickets/info
 
Applewood Distillery to support major motorsport events in South Australia
applewood distillery_South Australian Hill Climb Championship

"Applewood Distillery has been at the forefront of South Australia's emergence as a craft distilling destination and the opportunity to partner with the Sporting Car Club SA to present Australia's championship event and showcase our products to spectators in this exciting sport was a great fit for us" said director Brendan Carter.  Read more.
Finger Lakes Distilling unveils DIY gin distilling workshop
OriGINal Gin Workshops at Finger Lake Distilling
Finger Lakes Distilling, a craft distillery, will begin accepting reservations for a new and innovative workshop that allows visitors to distill their own custom designed blend of gin.  Read more.
Three-day advanced distilling workshop in Utah
New World Distilling workshop attendees_Spring 2017
 
New World Distillery, in Eden, UT, will be hosting a second hands-on, interactive course with Craft Distillers Chris and Ashley Cross, and Odin of iStill. 
Sept 22 - 24, 2017  More info.

Bill's Corner

Miscellany from
ADI President Bill Owens 

ADI Founder_President_ Bill Owens ready for his next road trip.
Ready for next road trip...
Leaving Sunday: ADI president Bill Owens with iPhone (camera) in hand is doing a
road trip from Hayward, CA to Vancouver BC. His route is Hwy 5 with stops in Bend, Eugene, Salem and Portland, Oregon.
Then on to Seattle, Bellingham, Ferndale and final stop is Vancouver BC.
If you want Bill to take of photo (for the eNewsletter) of your distillery
(on his iPhone) contract him at bill@distilling.com or 510-566-9566.
Congratulations to those who
correctly guessed the distillery restroom sign: 
Restroom sign at Broken Beaker Distillery
Broken Beaker Distillery in Indianapolis, IN is where you would find the "Restroom" sign at right.
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Ohio liquor law change helps 
micro distilleries expand reach
by Tyrel Linkhorn, Toledo Blade

Toledo Spirits bottles
It soon might become easier for Ohio's micro distilleries to get their vodkas, gins and whiskeys on barroom shelves thanks to a change in state rules that will allow small-time distillers to sell products directly to pubs and restaurants.

That may not sound groundbreaking, but the process to get booze in the hands of a bartender is so ponderous that many producers didn't even bother trying.

Under the Ohio's strict liquor control rules, all distillers - no matter if they make 100 bottles a year or 100 bottles a minute - first had to ship their products to one of two state warehouses. The warehouse would send the bottles to a state liquor agency, where restaurateurs then could buy it wholesale.  Read more.

Ireland's cabinet approves legislation to 
allow distilleries and breweries sell on site

Beer poured from a tap. Legislation also includes distilleries.

The [Irish] Cabinet has given the green light to legislation that will allow craft breweries and distilleries to sell their products on site.

The legislation, first proposed by Labour TDs Alan Kelly, will now have to work its way through the Oireachtas. It would allow microbreweries sell their drinks on site between 10am and 6pm.

However visitors will have to complete a guided tour of the brewery or distillery before they can buy alcohol there. 
  Read more.

 
New alcohol study finds moderate drinking linked to cognitive health in old age
by Christina Johnson, UC San Diego News Center

Someone holding wine glass at picnic table
29-year study of homogenous population in San Diego, Calif., shows moderate drinking did not impair cognitive health in older adults.

Older adults who consume alcohol moderately on a regular basis are more likely to live to the age of 85 without dementia or other cognitive impairments than non-drinkers, according to a University of California San Diego School of Medicine-led study.

The findings are published in the August issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. 
  Read more.

 
Six important things to know about Anchor's sale to Sapporo  by Caleb Pershan, San Francisco Eater magazine

News [last week] that San Francisco's craft brewing stalwart Anchor would sell to Sapporo has made the rounds by now. That means it's time to process it: Here are six key facts to know about what changes - or doesn't - with Anchor owned by Sapporo.

...Anchor Distilling isn't included in the sale and will spin off on its own. The deal will give Sapporo total ownership of "all of the equity interest of Anchor Brewing Company," but that doesn't include Anchor Distilling Company, an offshoot of Anchor that produces premium gin, vodka, and more spirits and has a tasting room above the Potrero brewery. Anchor Distilling "will now become a fully independent company in its own right." 
Read more.

Related:  Anchor Distilling Company interview in CompanyWeek

President Dennis Carr is taking the company's portfolio of award-winning premium spirits to a growing segment of craft aficionados.

Although Anchor Distilling officially launched in 1993, the process from which the company began its manufacturing 
Anchor Distilling Company President Dennis Carrtraditions stem from the legacy of Anchor Brewing, founded in 1871.
"The infancy of the distilling side of Anchor Brewing actually began when Fritz Maytag purchased the company back in 1965," says Carr. "Along with beer, Fritz was intrigued about whiskey. Read story.

 
Distilling Craft Podcast
by Dalkita Construction 
Distilling Craft Podcast by Dalkita Construction

Milling, Mashing, Fermenting, Distilling, Maturation, Proofing & Bottling... is just the start of the story.

We dive into some pretty technical topics on distillation each episode with host Devin Mills, Distillery Engineer. While we can't promise there will be no math... we will get to the processes and science behind craft distilling. We also talk with an industry professional about their thoughts and approach to each episode's topic. That is - the distillers, brewers, warehousemen, engineers and architects that get it done - day in and day-out. We get to the processes and science behind craft distilling. 
More.

 
Class up your next cocktail with a craft mixer
by Tara Nurin, contributor to Forbes magazine 
A Ginger Bee cocktail created with Cocktail Crate craft mixers
A Ginger Bee cocktail created with Cocktail Crate craft mixers

Beverage science expert Mary Pellittieri first made her name in the beer world, helping to launch some of Goose Island Beer Co.'s most iconic brands, working in quality control at MillerCoors and authoring the book Quality Management: Essential Planning for Brewers. But today the chemist and botanist is generating headlines on a different end of the alcoholic beverage industry: craft tonics. What's a craft tonic, you ask? It's an artisanal tonic water designed to combine with spirits, and it's forming part of the fledgling yet booming high-quality cocktail mixer industry .

"There's a certain elegance to slowly preparing, sharing and savoring an herbal drink that's purposely built with refreshing flavors and not overpowered by sweet," Pellittieri said in a statement when she and a partner announced the formation of their company, Milwaukee-based Top Note Tonics. 
Read more.

 
On the trail of the Philly region's best craft spirits
by Shannon Eblen, for The [Philadelphia] Inquirer 
Distiller Tim Mokes _left__ with owners Marat and Vlad Mamedov_ at Boardroom Spirits.
Distiller Tim Mokes, left, with owners Marat and Vlad Mamedov,
at Boardroom Spirits in Lansdale, PA.

Philadelphia distillers, tired of being among the city's best-kept secrets, this spring banded together and formed the Philadelphia Distillery Trail for craft-spirits enthusiasts.

Traci Browne, co-owner of Rowhouse Spirits, led the effort. Inspired by similar trails around the country, she designed a website (phillydistillerytrail.com) to allow easy exploration of the region's craft-spirits scene.

Most distilleries already were operating tours as a way to connect with customers, but collaborating on a website gave the distilleries more visibility. 
Read more.

 
Check out Liquid Riot Bottling in Portland, Maine
by Jeff Baker, Burlington Free Press

Liquid Riot Bottling Company
Spirits distilled in Maine are available at Liquid Riot Bottling Company in Portland, Maine, including Fernet Michaud and Portland Rum Riot Rum.
This past weekend I slipped away with family and friends to the Maine coast. Lobster rolls, a whale sighting, swimming in the (freezing!) Atlantic - it was an awesome exploration of the Maine summer life. And with skin that started to look like our crustacean lunch, we headed into downtown Portland to check out some night life.

We needed only make one stop to please everyone in our group: Liquid Riot Bottling Company (Portland, Maine). 
Read more.

 

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