For nearly a century_ Jimmy Red corn was used by bootleggers to make moonshine whiskey.
From Hooch To Haute Cuisine: A Nearly Extinct Bootlegger's Corn Gets A Second Shot Read Story by Jill Neimark, NPR

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New Releases,
Events & Milestones
Craft Distilling Expo 2018 Stand Bookings open
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The 2018 Craft Distilling Expo will take place in London at The Boiler House Brick Lane on the September 26 + 27, 2018
images from 2017 Craft Distilling Expo in London_ England
Craft Spirits Carnival this weekend in San Francisco
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Craft Spirits Carnival provides an all-encompassing consumer and trade experience that explores the depth and breadth of each category of craft distilled expression. 
June 9 + 10, San Francisco, CA  More info. 

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ISC plans to expand domestic cooperage operations 

Plans include the construction of a new cooperage in Morehead, KY as well as the expansion and modernization of current cooperages in Missouri and Kentucky.  

June 4th - 10th is Negroni Week - Charity Benefits
Lee Spirits Co. Negroni cocktail

June 4th - 10th is Negroni Week. Enjoy one of the best cocktails ever created and help Lee Spirits Co. raise money for local charities. More info.  Read more  

Fruition Brandy is back at Gulch Distillers
Gulch Distillers_ Fruition Brandy

Join us in the tasting room for our release party on Monday,
June 11th. Gulch Distillers, Helena, MT
Early last year we scooped up some surplus MacIntosh apples from a grower in the...  Read more

Baltimore Whiskey Company rebrands Shot Tower Gin
Shot Tower Gin new packaging

The Baltimore Whiskey Company recently announced an updated branding of their premier product, Shot Tower Gin. As the first gin distilled in Baltimore since the Prohibition era, the new identity reflects Shot Tower Gin's connection to the 1920s...  Read more 

Cooper River Distillers Garage Sale Saturday June 9
Garage Sale
Camden, New Jersey
We are not selling large pieces of distilling equipment yet - stay tuned to Facebook page. We have a handful of used barrels that we'll be selling first come, first served at 10am Saturday (NO SOONER!)  $150/each for 15 gallon, $200 for 53 gallon   Read more

Only a few more days to
Buy a tree, get a tree...and help Black Button buy the farm

Black Button Distilling farm kickstarter campaign

Another important project for our farm is growing White Oak for bourbon barrel staves. For this reward, we will plant a tree in your honor as well as have a White Oak sapling...    Read more

Bourbon Curious update:
Craft Distiller info. needed

Bourbon Curious book cover

Fred Minnick is updating Bourbon Curious. And since that book's publication, so many new craft distilleries have opened. Many are not on [his] radar.
If you're a craft distiller or know a craft distiller bottling bourbon, please contact Fred Minnick Read more

Distilling the South 
A Guide to Southern Craft Liquors 
by Kathleen Purvis
Book cover_ Distilling the South A Guide to Southern Craft Liquors by Kathleen Purvis

Intrepid Kathleen Purvis traveled extensively throughout the South to create this first-ever guide to the region's burgeoning craft-liquor movement, capturing her journey in the creation of six original Liquor Trails. 

Distillery Startup Workshop at Oregon State U. June 18 - 21
Oregon State University

The class is designed to help distillers and entrepreneurs optimize the business side of distilling: raising capital, managing cash-flow, procuring raw materials, and strategic marketing for growth.
June 18 - 21, Corvallis, OR  
More info

Three Day Advanced Gin Class - October 8-10- 2018
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Limited to 20 persons; three Master Gin distillers as leads; Contact us at 859-278-2533 or info@alcbevtesting.com to register TODAY! 

TTB News
Registration is open for TTB Trade Practice Seminars 
Are you concerned that you may be operating in violation of the "tied-house" rules? Should you be? 
Chicago, IL - June 13
Boston, MA - July 18

Alternation of Premises for Storage of Tax-Determined and Non-Tax Determined Distilled Spirits 

May 16, 2018  The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is advising proprietors of distilled spirits plants (DSPs) that they may submit requests for approval to store tax-determined and non-tax-determined products on their premises in a manner that varies from the requirements in the TTB regulations.   Read more.

New DSP Permits issued 
New DSP permits issued as of 3 June  2018.
New Distilled Spirits Plant permits issued as of June 3, 2018.   Enlarge/more info

ADI map of distilleries 
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Be sure that your distillery is listed; if not,  add your distillery here.

Winter issue of Distiller magazine on newsstands
Distiller magazine_ Winter 2017_2018

Distiller is available at 400 retail locations including Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and various newsstands. Contact us for copies for your tasting room or gift shop.
Join ADI to receive Distiller for free!

ADI's Certification Program now has 2,812 spirits listed!

View the stats here.
Apply today  and join the 578 micro-distilleries who are truly  craft.
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Bourbon without Borders: Gov. Bevin signs bill allowing customers to ship Kentucky spirits home 
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Gov. Matt Bevin ceremonially signed a new law [on June 1, 2018] that allows visitors to ship bottles of Kentucky's signature spirit home, then joined Bourbon Barons and legislative leaders to box and dispatch the first commemorative bottles to celebrate the historic occasion.

The new law allows visitors to ship up to 4.5 liters of spirits and four cases of wine per person when they visit a Kentucky distillery or winery.

The Espresso Martini Was Coffee Cocktails' First Act. The Second Is Finally Here  By Chadner Navarro, VinePair
coffee cocktails
In the 1980s London-based bartender Dick Bradsell invented what has since become one of of the world's most popular cocktails: the Vodka Espresso. A rich, creamy combination of vodka, espresso, and coffee liqueur, this jolting concoction was the drink of choice of exhausted party animals well before Red Bull landed on every bar shelf across the globe. Served in a V-shaped cocktail glass, the drink became known as an Espresso Martini.   Read more.

Lolo Creek Distillery Tasting Room opens 
Lolo Creek Distillery tasting room and patio in Lolo Creek_ Montana
Matt & Kasie Grunow "recently opened Lolo Creek Distillery which is adjacent to the family's restaurant, the famous 'Lolo Creek Steakhouse' in beautiful Lolo, Montana." More info.

Girls rule at the Spirit Guild Distillery 
By Susan Colby, World Craft Distilleries.com
Morgan McLachlan head distiller at The Spirit Guild Distillery
Morgan McLachlan head distiller at The Spirit Guild Distillery
It's a hard job but someone has to do it! It's technical, physical, mechanical and involves manual labor and other skills traditionally associated with a "man's job." None of this phases Morgan McLachlan, the petite head distiller at The Spirit Guild Distillery in the downtown Los Angeles Arts District.

Coming from another, traditionally, man's job as a camera operator in film and television, Morgan says there is a lot of crossover between the two occupations. And with her background, she hasn't felt intimidated by it, but rather is fascinated by the art and craft associated with distilling, never having any doubts she could do the job.

"Any trade or craft has to be something you are passionate about," she asserts. 
Read more.

Claire Smith-Warner on the future of Seedlip 
By Nicola Carruthers, The Spirits Business
_L-R_ Claire Smith-Warner and Seedlip founder Ben Branson
Left-right, Claire Smith-Warner and Seedlip founder Ben Branson
After a successful career in alcohol, Claire Smith-Warner speaks to The Spirits Business about her plans for booze-free Seedlip.

"I was with Belvedere and Moët­-Hennessy for 15 years. It doesn't feel that long. I don't know how, but the time seemed to just fly; it's just crazy," enthuses Claire Smith-­Warner, former director of spirits education at Moët­-Hennessy. Read more

NB Gin opens 'luxury' distillery in Scotland
By Amy Hopkins, The Spirits Business
NB Gin_s distillery has opened following growing demand

The Scottish gin brand received planning permission for its new distillery last year, announcing its intention to move to a 24-hour operation following "overwhelming" demand at home and overseas.

Based at Halfland Barns, near Tantallon Castle, NB Distillery offers a "luxury" guest experience that includes bespoke tours and sampling...
The distillery is said to be 'energy neutral', with solar panels, lighting and heating, and a plan to capture rainwater to use in the condensation process of production.   Read more

Snoop Dogg breaks Guinness World Record for largest gin and juice  By Anika Reed, USA TODAY
Snoop Dogg stirs the world_s largest paradise cocktail after adding gin to it on a culinary stage at the BottleRock Napa Valley music festival in Napa_ Calif._ alongside Top Chef Michael Voltaggio.
Snoop Dogg stirs the world's largest paradise cocktail after adding gin to it on a culinary stage at the BottleRock Napa Valley music festival in Napa, Calif., alongside Top Chef Michael Voltaggio. A Guinness World Records official was on hand to certify the record of the 550 liter cocktail.

Snoop took the stage at the BottleRock Napa Valley music festival with fellow West Coast rapper Warren G and Top Chef Season 6 winner Michael Voltaggio, with the help of kitchenware brand Williams Sonoma, to break the Guinness World Record for the largest paradise cocktail on Saturday, May 26.  Read more.

  Bill's Corner   Miscellany from  ADI Founder/President, Bill Owens
Bill Owens photo exhibits in Europe

On the heels of a successful show at  Tbilisi gallery in Georgia ( see photos from  Revolutions. An Alternative Gaze  exhibition), Bill Owens' next photo exhibit, " Riots " is currently on display at  Milano Photo Week

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