Call for Presentations for ADI 2018 Conference
Submission deadline THIS WEEK:
September 15, 2017
Share your expertise at the largest Distilling Conference & Expo:
March 26-28, 2018 at the Oregon Convention Center
ADI Hands-on Distilling Workshops
Hands-on Whiskey Distilling Workshop and Basic Distillery Operation for Start-ups
November 12-16, 2017
Location: McMenamin's Edgefield Distillery - Troutsdale, OR
Instructor: James Whelan, Head Distiller at McMenamin's Edgefield Distillery
Blending and Maturation Workshop
December 8-9, 2017
Location: Ironroot Republic Distillery, Dennison, TX
Instructor: Nancy Fraley
Registration open for 2018 ADI Judging of Craft Spirits
Enter your spirits in the
12th Annual Judging of Craft Spirits. One of the most prestigious International Craft Spirits competitions. Winners to be announced at the 2018 ADI Conference in Portland, OR.
Early Bird Ticket price
London Craft Distilling
Expo & Conference
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Gin of the Year
Info on Gold Delegates and Rum Masterclass:
Results 2017 San Diego Spirits Festival Competition
The 2017 San Diego International Spirits Competition had the toughest field yet of entries from the USA and Internationally, and all spirits were judged in a blind tasting on their individual merits and attributes.
List of 2017 Winners.
Save the date August 25-26, 2018 for the TENTH San Diego Spirits Festival. More.
Making their mark: Sons of Liberty Spirits Co.
Rhode Island is known for many things. For the last few hundred years, whiskey was not one of them. Then, Sons of Liberty came along.
"Over the last three years it's been, I think, 77 awards in international blind tastings," Read more
Events & Milestones
22 Craft Distilleries part of Michigan Distilled 2017
Michigan Distilled-a Festival of Spirits & Cocktails
When: Friday, September 15
Where: Fulton Street Farmers Market, Grand Rapids, MI
Virginia craft spirits take center stage during 2nd annual showcase
More than 20 Virginia distillers are gathering on Saturday, September 16
in a celebration of everything barreled, distilled and handcrafted in Virginia at the 2nd Annual Virginia Spirits Showcase at the Roanoke City Market.
The first completely made-in-DC bourbon in decades
One Eight Distilling will release Rock Creek Bourbon on Sept. 16.
Rock Creek Bourbon is the first bourbon completely made (legally) in DC since pre-Prohibition.
Alamo Distilling to hold grand opening in new facility
Alamo Distilling Co. founders Noel Burns and Daniel Taylor finally have a little elbow room. The duo have just put the finishing touches on a shiny new 7,000-square-foot facility. Read more.
Grand opening gala: Sept. 23, 2 - 10 p.m.
CEI Film 'I, Whiskey: The Human Spirit' on Tour
I, Whiskey is back on the road this fall with three festivals in California. First, the Food & Farm Film Fest (9/29-10/1) at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco.
Later that same week I, Whiskey is joining whiskey aficionados the world over for the leading whiskey festival in North America-WhiskyFest San Francisco.
Drinks Enthusiast Karen Locke's new book is the key to Portland's distilling scene
...How does a first-time author from the Midwest become one of Portland's voices of authorities on all things spirits? By starting off waiting tables, of course.
Corsair Distillery owner buys historic Nashville building
Investors that include Corsair Distillery owner Darek Bell and Chicagoan Marc Bushala paid $6.2M for a historic building in SoBro. Tuck-Hinton Architects has occupied the building for more than two decades. Read more
Congrats to Josh and Sarah of Young & Yonder Spirits!
and Sarah Fiske are getting hitched. They love working together so much, they've decided to get married!
We've noticed quite a few husband & wife craft distillers.
This is just a partial list of husband/wife craft distillers in the U.S.A.
Amy & Steve Bohner
Asheville Distilling Company
: Troy & Charlie Ball
Baton Rouge Distilling
: Natacha Krzesaj & Ricci Hull
: Jessica Lemmon and husband John Fetzner
Copper Bottom Craft Distillery
: Jenni and Jeremy Craig
Don Quixote Distillery
: Ron & Ohla Dolin
: Geri & Nick Lefebre
Flanigan's Distillery & Winery
: Dana & Kevin Flanigan
Fox River Distilling
: Amy & Mike Orlando
Gray Wolf Craft Distilling
: Meghan Brown & husband R.B. Wolfensberger
: Litty Mathew & Melkon Khosrovian
: Jennifer & Justin Stiefel
: Kayla & Matthew Rick
: Joanna & Nic Merrill
Kootenay Country Craft Distillery
: Lora & Kevin Goodwin
Lazy Eye Distillery
: Carol & Nick Kafkalas
Lonely Oak Distillery
: Amy and Pat Hoffmann
: Maria DiSanza & husband Joel Normand
: Karen & Brice Hoskin
New World Distilling:
Ashley & Chris Cross
North Shore Distillery
Sonja & Derek Kassebaum
: Ally & Michael Benbrook
Old Elk Distillery
: Nancy & Curt Richardson
Prohibition Spirits Distillery
: Amy & Fred Groth
: Sarah & Ryan Kanto
Restless Spirits Distilling
: Benay & Michael Shannon
: Mary & Tyson Schnitker
: Janilyn & Gary Heger
Spirit Works Distillery
: Ashby & Timo Marshall
Steamboat Whiskey Co.
: Jessica & Nathan Newhall
Still house Creek:
Diane Kelly &Jeff Odem
Temple Distilling: Jamie & AJ Temple
The Spirit Guild: Morgan Mclachlan & Miller Duvall
Trail Distilling: Sara & Jerry Brennan
Ursa Major Distilling: Tara & Rob Borland
Vikre Distillery: Emily & Joel Vikre
Three-day advanced distilling workshop in Utah
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.
ADI's Certification Program now has
2,792 spirits listed!
and join the 576 micro-distilleries who are truly
ADI President Bill Owens
Bill Owens photo exhibit mentioned in New Yorker
The septuagenarian photographer is best known for his black-and-white series "Suburbia," pictures of his California neighbors taken in the early nineteen-seventies, which balance empathy with a keen sense of the ridiculous. This spare exhibition features Owens's striking color work from the past decade.
Surviving Hurricane Irma in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rican Agricole Rum Distillery escapes major damage
After expecting total devastation at our new distillery
San Juan Artisan Distillers
in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico,(20 miles west of San Juan), home of
Ron Pepon, the first-ever Puerto Rican Agricole Rum Distillery, we are very relieved to say we and most of Puerto Rico were blessed, as Category 5 Hurricane Irma barely missed us by a few miles from its catastrophic 185
mph winds as it turned out to sea.
Our hearts go out to our fellow brothers from neighboring islands who suffered the full impact of this devastating storm. Our Distillery, Aging House, and new 3-ton-per-hour sugar cane mill system came out unscathed!
our good thoughts go out to all of our distilling community, family and friends who are affected by the recent hurricanes. Please let us know how you're doing.
In a note from Philip McDaniel, CEO of
we were very lucky.
Arwood Waste put together a list of Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief organizations: donate to
Blood Assurance, Florida Disaster Fund, American Red Cross. Read more.
American spirits export value rises
International Taste for America Whiskeys Drives Growth
by The Distilled Spirits Council
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The value of U.S. distilled spirits exports rose a robust 10.6 percent-up more than $67 million-to a total of $698.5 million in the first half of 2017 as compared with the same period in 2016, the Distilled Spirits Council reported [last week].
In dollar terms, the growth was led by the largest category: American whiskeys including Bourbon, Tennessee Whiskey and American Rye, which rose nearly $27 million to $464.6 million up 6.1 percent. But, smaller categories of other American spirits showed strong increases such as brandy, up 39.4 percent or $12.2 million to $43.45 million total; vodka, up 51.2 percent or $11.4 million to $33.6 million total; and rum, up 49.5 percent or $5.2 million to $18.55 million total, respectively.
Georgia's new beer law: direct sales and cocktails at distilleries
by Beth McKibben, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
On Fri., Sept. 1, Georgia [woke] up to a day 82 years in the making. It's the day Senate Bill 85 (SB 85) became law, allowing Georgia's 14 active distilleries to sell their spirits directly to the consumer from their tasting rooms.
The state's distilleries have been denied direct sales of any kind to consumers. The previous law limited them to offering only three, half-ounce samples of their spirits per person. To purchase a bottle of spirits from the tasting room, visitors first had to pay for and attend a tour of the distillery. Providing distillery guests with cocktails was forbidden by law without an event permit. The antiquated alcohol laws had remained unchanged since the state repealed Prohibition in 1935 and made it difficult for Georgia's distilleries to turn a profit, let alone stay in business.
Nant: Investors, staff, Matthew Hayden dudded in boutique whisky collapse
by David Lewis for Background Briefing
Investors losing millions of dollars, bar staff taking cash from the till just to get paid and a former cricketer dropping out of a high-profile marketing deal - the final years of the Nant Whisky investment scheme were a wild ride. Once a darling of Australia's boutique spirits scene, the whisky label is now a cautionary tale for investors.
* Investors were told they were buying barrels of whisky that Nant would buy back at maturity with a generous return on investment
* Hundreds of barrels were never filled, and many more were missing, had been secretly decanted, or had been filled with low-volume alcohol
* Insiders say there was 'creative' accounting and other warning signs.
Shaken, not stirred
by Chall Gray, Capital at Play
Looking for that special place where everybody knows your name-but with a twist? Western North Carolina abounds with unique,
even downright unusual, bars. So we decided to visit a few of them.
From George Washington saying farewell to his troops at the Fraunces Tavern, to the Stonewall riots and the beginning of the gay rights movement, a great many pivotal moments in the history of this nation have occurred in pubs. Read more.
That family spirit
by Jay Sanders, Capital at Play
With H&H Distillery, Wendell and Taylor Howard set out to create a craft liquor uniquely theirs, while still paying tribute to their deep regional roots.
A young Wendell Howard was peering out the window of his grandfather's 1963 Cadillac as a massive hurricane was bearing down on New Orleans. Seeking relief from his implacable asthma, Hazel Howard had escaped the wetter deciduous weather of Western North Carolina for the drier climate of Arizona, but now his intrepid grandson had come for a visit. "We met him in New Orleans and we rode in his Cadillac," Wendell fondly recalls now. "I remember that I couldn't see-we were trying to beat the storm coming in. It was raining."
Jersey Spirits Distilling Company:
craft spirits from NEW Jersey
Warren Borrow, contributor to Forbes
I've always admired the craft spirits entrepreneur. The person who does something with his or her hands that doesn't involve pushing a pencil across a desk for their entire career. Distilling is one of those fine arts. It's possible to be a great distiller but to lose focus on the art of business. A micro-distiller must be more than just a distiller- they must be focused on sales, marketing, science, art, customer service and of course, just putting the time in doing what they love.
Jersey Spirits Distilling Company, located in typically "Jersey-style" commercial office park set just a few miles from thundering routes 46 and 80. They are hand distilling tasty, award winning spirits one drop at a time. Founded in 2005 by a tight group of passionate Jersey residents, this Jersey-centric distillery may not...
Tamar Distillery in Redwood Valley:
'Mendocino County loves a little bit more'
by John Winters for
The Ukiah Daily Journal
On a recent midmorning, just as the heat was ratcheting up outside, The Ukiah Daily Journal toured the cool Redwood Valley distillery that provides the spirits bottled under the names that many local whiskey, liqueur, and absinthe lovers will recognize: Tamar Distillery, American Craft Whiskey, and Greenway Distillers.
The stately, cavernous labyrinth of barrel after barrel of spirits, which was originally the Fetzer Winery facility before it was purchased by Germain-Robin in 1999, had a feel that was closer to that of a library than that of a tap house - a sense of quiet dignity as the spirits within the oaken barrels aged.
At the end of that labyrinth was a small office, outside of which the president of the distillery, Crispin Cain, was overseeing the bottling of the 1850 Cocktail, a blend of Germain-Robin Muscat Brandy, Low Gap Whiskey, and absinthe, then sweetened and barrel...
Link to the pilot episode of tasteMAKERS
In case you missed the link from the article in last week's eNews. Watch pilot.
Another eye-catching photo...Cane Land Distilling Co.
Cane Land Distilling Company
specializes in estate bottled spirits, made using the freshest Louisiana sugarcane products from their parent company,
Alma Plantation & Sugar Mill.
Alma Sugar Mill has been growing and milling sugarcane for centuries. Nearly 50,000 acres of sugarcane are processed each year. In 2016, Alma produced almost 400 million pounds of sugar and seven million gallons of molasses.
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