TV host Cat Neville visits Gary Hinegardner of Wood Hat Spirits.
Feast Publisher Catherine Neville to develop new national television series, tasteMAKERS. In the pilot episode, host Cat Neville visits Gary Hinegardner of Wood Hat Spirits to explore how he makes his mid-Missouri whiskeys, bourbons and cordials. Read more.

News from ADI
Call for Presentations for ADI 2018 Conference
Speakers from 2017 ADI Conference and Gin Summit
Submission deadline: September 15, 2017
Share your expertise at the largest Distilling Conference & Expo: 
March 26-28, 2018 at the Oregon Convention Center  

Registration open for 2018 ADI Judging of Craft Spirits
Bottles from the 2017 Judging.
Enter your spirits in the 
12th Annual Judging of Craft Spirits. One of the most prestigious international spirits competitions. 
Hands-on Distilling Workshops from ADI

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
Instructor James Whelan_ head distiller at McMenamin_s Edgefield Distillery
Instructor James Whelan, Head Distiller at McMenamin's Edgefield Distillery

Blending and Maturation
December 8-9, 2017 
Location: Ironroot Republic Distillery, Dennison, TX
Instructor: Nancy Fraley

Nancy Fraley_ Blending and Maturation Workshop instructor

The Fifth Annual Craft Distilling Expo in London
Last call for Early Bird Tickets for London Craft Distilling 
 Expo & Conference
October 4 - 5  Tickets / info.
Nelson's Green Brier, Dad's Hat and Balcones among those selected by Whisky Advocate Magazine 
Whisky Advocate Best of Summer list

The best whiskies to celebrate Summer (Whisky Advocate Magazine) include craft distillers: Nelson's Green Brier Distillery in Tennessee makes the list with their Belle Meade Cognac Cask.
Mountain Laurel Spirits was also included for their Dad's Hat Pennsylvania Straight Rye, and Balcones' Brimstone was included as well.  Read more 
The Washington Cup names Vivacity Spirits,  Wildrye  
Distilling and Wildwood Spirits among top winners
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The Washington Cup Competition judges have bestowed Washington Cups upon six spirits out of a field of nearly 180 American made spiritsRead more 

New Releases
Events & Milestones
Indiana craft distilleries form Guild, create first-ever craft spirits festival: September 30
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Craft distilleries in Indiana have formed the Indiana Distillers Guild to represent their legislative interests and to promote and grow their industry within the state.
The Indiana Distillers Guild is excited to announce the first ever craft spirits festival: Indiana on the Rocks!
More info.

Southern Distilling Co. Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies & Celebration

September 6th & 7th Bourbon tastings (age 21 and over) & snacks!
September 30th: GRAND OPENING GALA with Music, Food Trucks and even a Bounce House for the kiddos! 
Read more.
Kid Curry Spirits Grand Reopening Distillery Package Store & Tasting Room 
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Friday September 8:
Ribbon Cutting & Breakfast Burritos by Chef Pamela Okumura
Saturday September 9:
Soul of Salt Lake food truck.
Kid Curry Spirits of West Valley City, Utah has been making spirits since 2015. Read more
StilL 630 to release 5 YR RallyPoint Rye Whiskey
StilL630 Rally Point Rye
StilL 630 is about to release our first (and to our knowledge, the first ever from the state of Missouri) Five Year Old Whiskey!! 5 YR RallyPoint Rye Whiskey will be an uncut, unfiltered, barrel strength bottling that showcases everything that is spectacular about rye whiskey. 
The special release happens on Sept 16th, 2017 (literally the day it turns 5 years old!).  Read more.
The 7th Chicago Independent Spirits Expo: October 3, 2017
Independent Spirits Expo
The CISE provides members of the service industry as well as consumers an opportunity to meet the new wave of creative & innovated distillers, bottlers, importers and distributors as they sample & speak about their spirits.  Read More.
Whiskey is what beer wants to be when it grows up! 
Brown Hopper bottle in stream
Brown Hopper, available for a limited time only in the Willie's Distillery tasting room! Distilled from an IPA from Neptune Brewery in Livingston, MT and then barrel aged. Read more
XO Alambic to release single-malt & ancient-grain whiskies
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The XO Alambic craft distillery of Dayton, Washington, fresh from its ribbon-cutting and release of its XO brandy in mid-July, announces that a pair of whiskies are scheduled for release at the distillery on Friday, 3 November 2017.     Read more.
Rebecca Creek Distillery appoints former Pernod Ricard exec, Howard Jeffery, to leadership team
Howard Jeffery

30-year industry vet will serve as the new chief operating officer (COO) at San Antonio's Rebecca Creek Distillery 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.
TTB News/Info.
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We at TTB recognize that the devastation caused by natural disasters may severely impact the operations of some of our industry members and taxpayers. We've compiled some important information and resources to assist you. Info. included: Extended Deadlines or Waiver of Penalties;
Filing Claims for Internal Revenue Taxes on Losses Caused by Disasters; Damaged and Unmarketable Products.
Read more.

Bain Marie stills: huge double boilers 
by AJ Temple, Head Distiller/Owner - Temple Distilling
Temple Distilling_s Head distiller AJ Temple

As a distiller, proper equipment selection shouldn't be the bane of your existence. My bane? Well, her name is Marie, Bain Marie to be exact. This is an often overlooked yet incredibly useful type of still that I am honestly surprised is not used more often, especially with smaller distillers such as myself. Let's start at the beginning, as all aspiring and current distillers do, with our products. My background for making the (crazy) decision to open a distillery rests largely on my love and passion for cooking. 

We are all trying to make an amazing finished product and while ingredients matter hugely, so do the tools we use to transform them. You say you like steak but don't own a cast iron skillet? Shame on you! Only joking, I'll let it slide if you are using the steak for tartare. Make pizza without a pizza stone, a béarnaise sauce without a double boiler? You see where I'm going with this, specifically that last example. A Bain Marie still is just a huge double boiler. Double boilers are used for delicate sauces like béarnaise and hollandaise because there are elements in those mixtures that you really don't want to burn as it can drastically change the taste and consistency, something you can't undo once it's done.  Read more.

Trip to a distillery led couple to open their own 
by Zak Stambor, Chicago Tribune
Mike and Amy Orlando were on one of the first tours that Le Claire, Iowa-based Mississippi River Distilling Co. ever gave of its facilities. Near the end of the tour, the guide noted the distillery was looking for volunteers to help bottle its spirits, which include a number of whiskeys called Cody Road.

New to town and knowing few people in the area, the couple decided to lend a hand at the upstart distillery. Bottling was fun, and over the next 18 months, the couple became regular volunteers. At the same time, they began to learn what goes into running a craft distillery.
 Read more

Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

Join ADI in donating to one (or more) relief efforts to help those in need after the devastating hurricane. Here are just a few options:

California Rye for Texans in Need
Spirit Works _K_L Exclusive_ Single Barrel _14-0084 Rye Whiskey
With this new single barrel exclusive from Spirit Works, a small distillery in Sonoma County that makes all of its products entirely from scratch (grain to glass), K & L will donate 100% of their profits earned to the hurricane relief efforts. This is as close as it gets to drinking whiskey for charity. More info.
Operation Hurricane Tough
Hurricane Tough bottle from Garrison Bros.
Garrison Brothers Distillery announces
Operation Hurricane Tough  in partnership with Team Rubicon,
a Bourbon Fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Hurricane Harvey help
How much PROOF do you need_ T-shirt
Wilderness Trail Distillery will donate half of sales from this $16 unisex "How Much Proof Do You Need" shirt to the efforts.
Also: High Bridge Springs Water, our limestone water source, is donating 4,000 gallons of water to Texas.
DC Food and Beverage Give to Harvey Relief
flooding from Hurricane Harvey
The DC area Food and Beverage companies, spearheaded by Brandon Skall at DC Brau, set up a relief page through the
US Red Cross
Catoctin Creek was happy to donate to this fund, and we hope you might consider doing so as well. We're trying to raise $25,000 for the families in need in Texas.
We are Texas 
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
We are Texas T-shirt
"We Are Texas" t-shirts available for purchase for $20, with $15 from each shirt being donated directly to Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund (limited supplies / while supplies last at Witherspoon Distillery).
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund by GlobalGiving.
The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center is in urgent need of blood donations. Call 210-731-5590 or visit

The American Red Cross
is providing shelter, meals and comfort to people impacted by the hurricane and flooding. Text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

The San Antonio Food Bank is in emergency response mode and needs volunteers. Help out.

Thanks to Ranger Creek for the above list/links.

More craft distilleries will open in Indiana.
Here's why.  by Amy Haneline, IndyStar
Hotel Tango Whiskey distillery barn.
A team behind Fletcher Place's Hotel Tango Whiskey distillery has purchased a barn, farmhouse and five acres just south of Indianapolis. They plan to grow produce to use in cocktails and turn the house into a rental property. 

Indiana is about to see a boom in craft distilleries like Fletcher Place's Hotel Tango Whiskey and Bloomington's Cardinal Spirits.

A survey conducted by a newly formed Indiana Distillers Guild revealed that eight of its 17 members have plans to open tasting rooms in the next year, said guild president Jeff Wuslich.
  Read more

Sun King breaks ground on new distillery 
and tap room in Carmel  by Adam Aasen, Current in Carmel
Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony
Carmel, Indiana, Mayor Jim Brainard speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Sun King Brewery tap room.

Justin Moffett of Carmel-based Old Town Development said he anticipates the new Sun King Brewery tap room and distillery will attract people to Carmel's Midtown area from around the state.
"It's really going to be a draw, not just for the beverages, but the culinary options," Moffett said.

The approximately 15,000-square-foot craft distillery and tap room is projected to open in spring 2018 along the Monon Trail between Main Street and the Carmel City Center.

Sun King co-founder and head brewer Dave Colt said the facility will be capable of producing a maximum of 10,000-proof gallons of spirits and will feature a 250-gallon still to craft high-quality, handcrafted, small-batch spirits.
  Read more

Uplifting spirits: tales of the trail in Pennsylvania 
by Matt Swanseger, Erie Reader
Luminary Distilling coaster and cocktails in the tasting room.
Luminary Distilling, Cart/Horse Distilling, and Five& 20 Brewing and Spirits share their stories of growth in Erie County.

It's taken years to assess tolerances, but Pennsylvania is finally learning to hold its liquor. This past March, Cart/Horse Distillery (Edinboro) and Luminary Distillery (Summit Township) opened their doors, simultaneously becoming the first two legal distilleries on record in Erie County history. Encouraged by (and very much informed by) the success of the microbrewery boom, the microdistillery movement is quickly gaining steam.
...Thus the Lake Erie Ale Trail, which winds through and beyond Lake Erie Wine Country, has cleared the brush for the Spirit Trail. Like the Spirit Trail's predecessors, the path is being paved through collaboration - local farmers sourcing to local distillers, local distillers working with local brewers, and even would-be competitors selling one another's products (Act 166 of 2016 broadened the capabilities of the limited distillery license, including the ability to cross-market the products of Pennsylvania-licensed breweries, limited distilleries, and limited wineries). All told, the movement seeks to support local agriculture, bolster community, and uplift the region in whatever small way it can.  Read more.


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