Rebecca Weir is Scotland_s first female coppersmith
The next generation of the distilling community: Rebecca Weir has joined Diageo Abercrombie to become what is thought to be Scotland's first female coppersmith. Read story.

News from ADI
2018 ADI vendor advertising/exhibit info.
2018 Media Kit
Contact Matt Jelen for advertising, exhibit and Vendor Expo registration info. 
 
ADI Hands-on Distilling Workshops
Blending and Maturation 
December 8-9, 2017 
Location: Ironroot Republic Distillery, Dennison, TX
Nancy Fraley
2 days of Blending & Maturati on instruction including: practical a pplications of blending, selecting and balan cing the proper components for the blend to achieve a targeted whiskey or rum profile, and the impact on flavor of spirit and wood.  Instructor: Nancy Fraley

Registration open for 2018 ADI Judging of Craft Spirits
glasses of spirits ready for blind tasting at the ADI Judging of Craft Spirits
Enter your spirits in the 12th Annual Judging of Craft Spirits. One of the most prestigious international spirits competitions. Winners to be announced at the 2018 ADI Conference in Portland, OR. 
 
Awards/Recognition
Peerless Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey ranked in Whisky Advocate's Top 20 
Whsky Advocate_s Top 20

Peerless Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey has been ranked by Whisky Advocate, as no. 15 of their Top 20 Whiskies of 2017. Peerless and its two-year-old Rye is the only craft producer and Rye being awarded in this year's list.  Read more.
Maverick Drinks named IWSC Spirits Distributor of the Year
At right_ Michael Vachon_ Maverick Drinks_ head of brand development

For the second year in a row, and the third time in four years, Maverick Drinks has been named Spirits Distributor of the Year at the International Wine & Spirit Competition Read more.
JetBlue chooses 1857 Spirits as a BlueBud Business Program winner
1857 Spirits winner of jetBlue program

Barber's Farm Distillery has been chosen as one of three businesses to participate in the third year of JetBlue's business mentoring program, BlueBuds.  Read more.
New Releases,
Events & Milestones
The 'Virginia Spirits Holiday Cocktail Guide' will help you plan for holiday entertaining 
Virginia Craft Spirits
'Tis a few weeks before Christmas
And all through the land,
Cocktail shakers are shaking
To meet festive sipping demand!  More...

Dancing Goat Distillery opens in Cambridge, Wisconsin 
Limousin Rye by Dancing Goat Distillery
...and launches Limousin Rye whiskey: a smooth and flavorful rye whiskey, both wonderfully neat & complex. Been a little over three years in the making, but we just opened to the public!   More info. 

District Distilling Tasting Room open house December 1 
District Distilling tasting room
District Distilling Co. is excited to announce the unveiling of our all-new Tasting Room on Friday, December 1st, with cocktail samples and tasty bites with an Open House. Read more.

KO Distilling launches Bare Knuckle Straight Bourbon 
KO Distilling_s Bare Knuckle Bourbon

Bare Knuckle Bourbon joins small batch portfolio that celebrates the fighting spirit of America's craft producers. KO Distilling unveiled its third brown spirit - Bare Knuckle Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

Richardo's Decaf Coffee Liqueur announces partnership with Black
Richardo_s Decaf Coffee Liqueur
Canyon Distillery 

Richardo's Decaf Coffee Liqueur, the award-winning coffee liqueur has formed a partnership with Black Canyon Distillery to begin manufacturing the liqueur at the distillery's new facility in Mead, Colorado.  Read more.
Rocket Vodka: If you love apples, you'll love Launch III 
Rocket Vodka_s apple vodka

You can really taste the apples. We started with 78% California apple juice and 22% Washington apple concentrate, squeezing in 68 apples per bottle, and all we added was fresh Sierra Nevada mountain water.  Read more.

Seven Stills' Darkstar November whiskey release 
 
Seven Stills Dark Star whiskey
Darkstar November is our newest collaboration with Bottle Logic Brewing Company. We brewed Darkstar November, an imperial stout with rye and molasses and distilled the beer at Seven Stills. The whiskey was then barrel aged in New American Oak...  Read more.  
Wilderness Trail plans special rum release 
Harvest Rum

Wilderness Trail Distillery has two exclusive offerings during its Dec. 1 and 2 Holiday Open House. For its first annual holiday release, Wilderness Trail Distillery will offer a 375 ml bottle of single barrel, cask strength Harvest Rum. This 101-proof Harvest Rum will be available only in the gift shop.  Read more.

Chuckanut Bay Distillery launches Kickstarter campaign 
Chuckanut Bay Distillery

We recently purchased the future home of Chuckanut Bay Distillery right in the heart of downtown Bellingham, WA - an 18,000 square foot historic building that we'll be seeking to restore to its former glory.  More info.
Eye-catching advertisement 
Woody Creek Distillers advertisement
This full-page ad from Woody Creek Distillers was so striking, we had to share.
Help Wanted: check ADI Forums for jobs, solutions  
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Help Wanted. Mine Hill Distillery is getting ready to open in an award winning landmark destination, including an 1860 cigar factory and riverfront 1872 train station. They have installed state of the art equipment, including a 1,500 L Kothe pot & column still. They will authentically produce vodka, gin as well as bourbons, ryes and whiskeys, honoring their slogan "Still Made in Connecticut". They are looking for a head distiller and welcome any qualified candidates. Founder Elliott Davis has spoken at ADI 2015, 2017 conferences.  Read more.
ADI map of distilleries 
has been revised!
Map of distilleries.
Be sure that your distillery is listed; if not, add your distillery here.

 Fall issue of Distiller magazine on newsstands
Cover of fall 2017 Distiller magazine
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.
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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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Aid needed for our Puerto Rican "brothers" 
Fellow distillers could use supplies
Vendors, distillers: opportunity to lend a hand: donate goods!  
Crab Island Rum distillery in Puerto Rico before and after Hurricane Maria.

Ivan Torres of Crab Island Rum was about to do his first legal distillation when hurricane Maria hit. He had been working on his craft distillery since 2013. Before that, he was a moonshiner. He believes that the craft spirits industry is an excellent opportunity for the small island community of Vieques, Puerto Rico and does not want to give up on the distillery, despite the devastating blow from hurricane Maria.  Read more/including list of items needed.

San Juan Artisan Distillers in Vega Alta Puerto Rico:  
Sugar cane fields damaged by hurricane

In addition to the equipment needed at Crab Island Rum, Pepe Alvarez of San Juan Artisan Distillers in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico also lost a 40x50 Galvalume roof and 4 Metal Rollup Doors (approx 14x16' each) and suffered damage to his sugar cane crop (pictured above).  Read more.

UPDATE: as of press time, the following members have stepped up to help the Puerto Rican distilling community:
-Brad Brunson of Amorim Cork America will send 1,000 T-caps for bottles to Crab Island Rum.
-Alan Dikty of Allied Beverage Tanks will send consultant/master distiller Ian Smiley to help José (Pepe) Alvarez of San Juan Artisan Distillers run his first batch. ADI will pay to fly Ian Smiley on to Vieques to help out Crab Island Rum.

Do you have a roll-up door to donate? ADI can get it shipped.
Contact us to help out our Puerto Rican distilling "brothers."

 
America's craft distilling industry was started 
by immigrants  by Wayne Curtis, for The Daily Beast
 
J_rg Rupf photo courtesy of St. George Spirits
Jorg Rupf photo courtesy of St. George Spirits

Four decades ago, a young judge named Jörg Rupf from Germany's Black Forest ventured to northern California. He had worked in the German administrative courts for several years by then, but in 1976 opted to take a leave to study at U.C. Berkeley. His subject was the relationship between government and the arts. But he learned something else: American beer and wine sucked.

If Rupf had come from a long line of cuckoo clock makers, the end of this story might have been very different. But he didn't. His mother's family were brewers, and he grew up drinking good beer and simple but satisfying table wine. He also drank delicious eau de vie-a distilled spirit commonly available in southwest Germany made from mashed and fermented fruit, including apples, pears and berries. It was rare in America, and Rupf wondered why no one was producing it here, especially since California offered a boundless cornucopia of amazing fruits. 
Read more.

 
Spirited celebration marks the opening of Roslyn, Washington business  by Mary Swift, for the Daily Record
Members of prominent Roslyn families stand in front of stills that honor their family names at Heritage Distilling in Roslyn during a grand opening celebration this month.
Members of prominent Roslyn families stand in front of stills that honor their family names at Heritage Distilling in Roslyn during a grand opening celebration earlier this month.

ROSLYN, Washington - Four years ago, Cheri Marusa picked up the phone and called a man she'd never met. "I don't know you and you don't me," she said by way of introduction. "But we need to meet."

Marusa, president of the Roslyn Downtown Association (RDA), was searching for an anchor tenant for the historic NWI (Northwestern Improvement Co.) building in Roslyn which the RDA put a down payment on in 2011 and finished paying off in 2012. Built in the 1880s, the building was the company store when mining ruled Roslyn and surrounding communities.

The man she called was Justin Stiefel, CEO and co-founder of Heritage Distilling Co., then a recently-launched craft distillery based in Gig Harbor. Heritage Distilling has a growing reputation in the craft distilling industry and an established focus on honoring cultural heritage.

Marusa was convinced that if Heritage came to Roslyn the fit would suit both of them. She was right. 
Read more.

 
Exceptional spirits surface at Rappahannock Cellars
by John McCaslin, RappNews
_So much flavor comes from the grape__ notes Allan Delmare_ whose custom-made stills resemble large woodwind musical instruments.
" So much flavor comes from the grape," notes Allan  Delmare , whose custom-made stills resemble large woodwind musical instruments.

Not all grapes grown at Rappahannock Cellars wind up in bottles of wine. Now, along with its award-winning chardonnay, meritage and cabernet franc, the renowned winery in Huntly is pouring a brandy mojito with spearmint, pressed vodka tonic with lime, brandy tonic with orange, and a Rappahannock mule with vodka and ginger.

"There are so many wineries and breweries cropping up these days, and there's only so many places you can go in one weekend, and we want to be on that list," explains Allan Delmare of the winery's added attraction, Dida's Distillery (pronounced did-uhs, which means "grandfather" in Croatian), a tribute to the Delmare family's grandfather who established a legacy of fruit farming stretching from California to Virginia. 
Read more.

 
Tasmanian distiller produces spit bucket spirit
by Lauren Eads, The Drinks Business

A Tasmanian distiller so committed to the cause of sustainability and reducing waste has produced a spirit from 500 litres of wine swilled and spat out by guests at a two-day tasting.

Not wanting to see the vast quantity of discarded wine go to waste following the Rootstock sustainable wine festival in Sydney last year, Tasmanian distiller Peter Bignell, of Belgrove Distillery, hatched a plan to reuse liquid from the event's many spittoons to create a new spirit.

"I hate waste, absolutely hate waste," he told ABC Radio Hobart. "That bucket in the middle of the room with all the dregs of the wine and everyone's spit in it, that's a waste, that's going to get tipped down the drain. "I said 'If I took that [spit bucket] home and distilled it and brought it back next year, who would drink it?' and I think everybody's hands went up." 
Read more.

 
The Block Distilling Co. mixes equal measures science and art   by Veronica Penney, Westword
The Block Distilling is located inside the Block building in Denver_s RiNo district.

Michelle Flake and brothers Kraig and Kameron Weaver seized the opportunity to launch their distillery when the Block building became available just over two years ago. Inspiration for the distillery was a product of the booming craft-beer scene in Denver, but the founders' preference for cocktails and craft spirits led them down the route of distilling rather than brewing.  Read more.

 
Science and spirits: New distillery in Wisconsin aims for precision and quality
by Allison Geyer, Isthmus
Old friends from UW-Madison and their spouses opened Two Tall in September.

Nick Hanson and Dave Farnia met at age 19 when they were assigned lab partners in a UW-Madison engineering class. Nearly 20 years later, they're still friends - and working together again in a different kind of lab.

In September, the pair opened Two Tall Distilling at 5353 Maly Road in Sun Prairie, [Wisconsin]. Their spouses, Amy Hanson and Stephanie Farnia, are co-owners in the venture. It's a small facility at the end of a country road - 1,800 square feet with a tasting room and three stills producing gin, vodka, whiskey and specialty liqueur. "We thought maybe we had to apologize a bit about that," Stephanie Farnia says of the facility's modest size. "But we're finding that the small scale is letting us experiment." 
  Read more.

 
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