Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery_s Batch 002 Tennessee High Malt whiskey
LOTS of new releases this week! See the handful that we could fit in, below left column. Above, an eye-catching new release photo from Chattanooga Whiskey Co.

News from ADI
2018 ADI vendor advertising info available
2018 Media Kit
Contact Matt Jelen for advertising and Vendor Expo registration and info. 
ADI   Hands-on Distilling Workshops
Hands-on Whiskey Distilling and Basic Distillery Operation
November 12-16, 2017
Location: McMenamin's Edgefield Distillery - Troutsdale, OR
Instructor: James Whelan, Head Distiller at McMenamin's Edgefield Distillery
Participants in an ADI hands-on distilling workshop
Blending and Maturation 
December 8-9, 2017 
Location: Ironroot Republic Distillery, Dennison, TX
Instructor: Nancy Fraley

Instructor Nancy Fraley

Registration open for 2018 ADI Judging of Craft Spirits
craft spirits flights for blind judging at 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. 
Four out of "5 Best Distillery Kitchens in America" are in craft distilleries 
Cardinal Spirits_ kitchen serves up delicious food.

Cardinal Spirits, CH Distillery, Middle West Spirits, and Tuthilltown Spirits
named among the "5 Best Distillery Kitchens in America" by Supercall Read more.
New Releases,
Events & Milestones
Puerto Rico Fundraising Party on Friday, Nov. 11 at MISCellaneous Distillery 
MISCellaneous Distillery_s Risky RUMcovery event for Puerto Rico

Join us for a special night at the distillery to raise funds for critical recovery work underway in Puerto Rico. Complete with music and piña coladas made with our Risky Rum!   Read more.

Corgi Spirits opens in Jersey City, New Jersey 
Corgi Spirits gin and vodka bottles
Jersey City, New Jersey's first and only craft distillery, Corgi Spirits, opened last month, launching their line of handcrafted gins and vodka. A portion of profits from every bottle of Corgi Spirits sold will be donated to local dog and animal rescue organizations. 

Rappahannock Cellars launches Dida's Distillery 
Dida_s Distillery logo

Huntly, VA: Dida's Distillery opens a new frontier in Virginia craft distilling with 100% grape-based spirits. Rappahannock Cellars, a renowned Virginia Winery, announced the opening of Dida's Distillery at their Huntly winery & tasting room.  Read more. 

Trail Distilling celebrates one year anniversary and launches Barrel Club 
Trail Distilling_s Barrel Club

Trail Distilling celebrated its one year anniversary October 27, 2017. During the celebratory party, Trail Distilling's Barrel Club was officially launched.   Read more. 

Bully Day at Bully Boy Distillers - Sold Out! 
stills at Bully Boy Distillery
After going big on our first birthday party back in 2012, team Bully Boy laid low (mostly paying off debts from said 1st birthday party). But the time has come. November 18th, 2017 we will be hosting our first festival-style event: "Bully Day".  More info. 

Maggie's Farm Rum. Now with more branding! 
Maggie_s Farm Rum - rebranded bottles
Now entering our fifth year of production and entering new markets, it's time for a change. Our core rums, the White, Spiced, and 50/50 Dark (formerly "La Revuelta") have been rebranded with the original "skeletal" design from Hannah Clark's original artwork.  Read more.  
Boot Hill Distillery launches long-awaited gin 
Boot Hill Gin

DODGE CITY, Kan. - After more than a year of non-stop experimentation and tweaking, Boot Hill Distillery is thrilled to announce that their long-awaited gin is officially available inside The Tasting Room in Dodge City.  Read more.
Great Northern Distilling unveils Wisconsin Brandy 
Great Northern Wisconsin Brandy
Great Northern Distilling has announced the release of Wisconsin Brandy, made with the help of a local winery, on Nov. 11. Wisconsin Brandy is distilled from a semi-sweet white wine made at Sunset Point Winery, then aged for two years in oak barrels.
More info./interview. (Great Northern Distilling's Brian Cummins discusses the changing menu in the tap room with fun, intriguing names.)
Long Road set to release MICHIGIN® Batch No. 2 
MichiGIN batch 2 by Long Road Distillers
Long Road Distillers released Batch No. 2 of their award-winning MICHIGIN® last week. The gin was crafted from 100% Michigan ingredients, starting with water fresh from Lake Michigan, red winter wheat from Heffron Farms and juniper harvested by hand on Beaver Island.  More.
PostModern Spirits launches three new products 
3 new releases by PostModern Spirits
PostModern Spirits in Knoxville's Old City launched its latest spirits last week at its "First Friday" celebration: Cacao Liqueur, Amaro Arancia, a bitter orange liqueur, and (Up)Root Barrel Rested Gin.  More.
Republic Restoratives Distillery releases DC's first apple brandy: Chapmans 
Republic Restoratives_ Chapman Apple Brandy

The orchard-to-glass story of Chapmans starts in Adams County, PA where farmer and friend Ben Wenk of Three Springs Fruit Farm grew the 2016 crop of Jonagold, Gala, Fuji, and Honeycrisp apples that were chosen specifically for this product.  More.
Australian Christmas Gin 
Four Pillars Christmas Gin

Four Pillars Christmas Gin is now available in Australia (and limited export markets).
To make this gin, Cam first distills some Christmas puddings (made to his mother Wilma's 1968 recipe) with juniper, cinnamon, star anise, coriander and angelica over the top. 
New DSP permits issued
DSP Permits issued November 2017
New spirits producer permits issued as of November 5, 2017. More info./enlarge.

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.
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.
Don't forget to contact your legislators now!  
Distilled Spirits Council document to legislators
on FET reduction for spirits
Distilled Spirits Council

Excerpt from document: 
Support distilled spirits consumers by advocating for a reduction in the Federal Excise Tax (FET) in any future tax reform bill and by co-sponsoring the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (H.R. 747/S.236).  Read more

Dysfunction threatens to kill a bipartisan bill that would cut producers' taxes and possibly consumer prices.

City of Portland's craft fermented 
 beverage wastewater program
Portland_ OR city environmental services

The federal Clean Water Act requires cities to regulate industries that discharge wastewater or stormwater to the city's sewer systems. As the city's sewer and stormwater services provider, Environmental Services sets the pollutant limits and regulates industries in order to protect the city's system and our watersheds.  Read more

Denver's first distillery-restaurant readies for opening
by Mark Antonation, Westword 
The Family Jones Spirit House in Denver_ CO.
The Family Jones Spirit House feels like a chapel of booze.

Denver is about to get its first distillery-restaurant; the Family Jones Spirit House will open on Saturday, November 11, brought to us by a group of entrepreneurs who have already helped shape the modern landscape of Lower Highland.

Paul Tamburello, owner of Little Man Ice Cream and Generator Development, is collaborating with Justin Cucci, the chef/restaurateur behind the neighborhood's Linger and Root Down, to deliver the Family Jones Spirit House, a restaurant and craft distillery in a space that was once Mancinelli's Market.  Read more.

Archetype Distillery prepares to open in Denver
by Callie Sumlin, 5280 Denver's Mile High Magazine 
A large_ metal A_ Archetype Distillery_s logo_ decorates the upstairs space.
A large, metal A, Archetype Distillery's logo, decorates the upstairs space.

Most longtime Denverites are familiar with 119 S. Broadway. For years, it bore the large, instantly recognizable marquis of Kitty's South adult theater. Before that, it was the Webber Theater. The building, originally constructed in 1917, has sat vacant since Kitty's shuttered in 2007, but now, it's almost curtain time for kitty's next life: In a matter of weeks, Archetype Distillery, a 7,000-square foot, two-level distillery, tasting room, and event space, will open its doors.

Despite winning a certificate of nonhistoric status from the city, the new owners opted-to the relief of Baker residents-not to tear the building down. Instead, they gutted it, preserving the marquis outside (minus the Kitty's signage, of course) and the old brick inside (which required a thorough cleaning). 
Read more.

Enlightened craft spirits from Northern Florida
by Mark Spivak, Palm Beach Illustrated
Manifest Distilling

Located in the heart of Jacksonville's Sports District, Manifest Distilling is an enlightened offshoot of this country's local craft distilling movement. Launched last year by David Cohen, Scott Kennelly, Trey Mills and Tom Johnson, the partners are committed to nothing less than "the resurgence of independent American craftsmanship." They are accomplishing this by the use of non-GMO and organic ingredients, informed and precise distillation techniques, and an unwavering search for quality.  Read more.

Give local business a shot:
Distillery has grown quickly in just 2 years
by Terri Richardson, The Journal Gazette
Aaron Pence of Three Rivers Distilling Co.

Not far from downtown Fort Wayne, [Indiana] is a place that is soon to become a city destination spot for residents and tourists who love a good bourbon or whiskey.

Three Rivers Distilling Co., in a 1940s building that was originally built for Holsum Bakery, is already expanding after nearly two years in business. It is adding a 7,000-square-foot tasting room that the owners hope will be open and serving customers by Thanksgiving, says Aaron Pence, vice president of sales and marketing.

Pence gives visitors a tour of the business as a construction crew works on the new area. He adds that although the tasting room is under construction, people could walk into the craft distillery now and buy a bottle of bourbon, vodka, gin or rum thanks to a change in state law that allows Three Rivers Distilling to serve its creations after only 18 months in business, instead of three years. 
Read more.

Rocket Vodka stakes its claim in Truckee Tahoe
by Kayla Anderson, special to Sierra Sun
Rocket Vodka bottle in snow at Lake Tahoe_ CA.

Darius Paczuski is just coming off the slopes after a powder-filled day of skiing at Northstar California. Meeting at Copper Lane Café in the resort's village, people are milling about buying coffee, beer and après ski snacks. A grocery section in the corner displays tall bottles of Rocket Vodka - Paczuski's brainchild spirit that was inspired by a trip to Lake Tahoe.

Being an avid outdoorsman, Paczuski came up with the idea of Rocket Vodka while skiing at Heavenly in 2006. His friend gave him the nickname "The Polish Rocket" because he skied so fast.

"I think it represents aspiration and achievement," Paczuski said.
Paczuski was born in Poland but then moved to Norway with his parents. In his childhood, Paczuski picked ground apples for his father's moonshine formula, in which he took fresh apples and smashed and fermented them, and then aged the liquid in oak barrels to create a sweet, potent drink. 
Read more.

Lincoln [Nebraska] couple working 
to open distillery, law offices  
by Lori Pilger, Lincoln Journal Star
Brad and Stacey Sipp intend to bring Lincoln_ NE_s first craft distillery_ tasting room and law offices to downtown Lincoln.
Brad and Stacey Sipp intend to bring Lincoln, Nebraska's first craft distillery, tasting room and law offices to downtown Lincoln. The building they recently purchased has been almost a black hole on the block for 20 years.

Brad and Stacey Sipp can pinpoint the exact moment they decided they wanted to open a craft distillery in downtown Lincoln.

The couple had stopped at Pinckney Bend Distillery in New Haven, Missouri, and hit it off with the people there while sipping craft cocktails. When they got in their car to leave, Brad looked over at Stacey, and Stacey looked over at Brad.

...It will be a grown-up place to drink, Stacey said. Brad said it won't have a bar vibe. They're looking to attract the 30-to-60-age set, who can come in, take a tour and have a drink before heading to dinner.
  Read more.

  Bill's Corner   Miscellany from  ADI Founder/President, Bill Owens
Craft cocktail bars in 13 U.S. cities  
Craft Cocktail Bars _compilation of interviews_stories by Virginia Miller
A compilation of stories featuring craft cocktail bars in thirteen U.S. cities: Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, LA, Louisville, Manhattan, New Orleans, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.  Published in Distiller magazines.  Read stories.

In France, a Cognac tasting tour at the source
by Shivani Vora, The New York Times 
Barrels in Cognac_ France
With an alcohol by volume strength of 70 percent, the aroma alone of the eau-de-vie, the double-distilled brandy that would eventually be blended into a Cognac, was enough to make me feel tipsy. I stood in the 13th-century cellars of Delamain, a Cognac house in Jarnac, France, inhaling the sting of the colorless liquid and found myself clutching an oak cask for support.  Read more.


to our Title & Platinum Sponsors:


American Beer Equipment logo

American Spirits Exchange

Big Sky Packaging logo
2017 Bruni Glass logo DYE logo
Fort Dearborn
Glencairn Crystal logo

HoochWare logo
  SaverGlass logo
Saxco International Sellers Manufacturing logo SGP Packaging logo StillDragon logo
supercap logo - red FH Wade Glass logo Wright Global Graphics
Vendome logo