Craft Spirits Weekly
Welcome to the 107th issue of Craft Spirits Weekly , a service dedicated to bringing you the news most important to the craft spirits distiller. Check your inbox every Thursday to find a curated selection of articles and news pieces from the American Craft Spirits Association.
Airport Tasting Rooms on the Rise
The Westward Whiskey Tasting Room is hopping: People are browsing, tasting, buying. But this isn’t the producer’s distillery-side location in Portland, Oregon. It’s Concourse C at Portland International Airport. A growing number of beverage producers are opening up similar venues in or near airports, creating ideal spots to spend a layover, or to kick off or conclude a trip. (Wine Enthusiast) 
Register for Distillery Safety Management 101 in Orlando, Fla., March 7-8
Don’t miss our next safety regional program which takes place in sunny Orlando, Florida on March 7 and 8, 2019. This program is presented by Industrial Safety & Training Services, which provides strategic safety and consulting services to chemical, petrochemical, education, public emergency responders, power generation, construction, distillery, automotive, warehousing, hospital, environmental, maritime, gas drilling, transportation, other commercial and industrial clients across the US.  We have secured a discount room rate of $159 per night at Hyatt Place Orlando/Lake Buena Vista. The room block closes on February 13.

Topics covered will include:
  • Introduction to OSHA
  • Record keeping (injury and illness)
  • Differences between first aid/OSHA recordable
  • Requirements of written policies (what OSHA expects)
  • Hazard recognition
  • Elements of a safety management program
  • Regulatory training requirements
  • Auditing and assessment skills
  • General OSHA compliance

Here is what past registrants in Ohio, during the June 2018 program, are saying about Distillery Safety Management 101:

  • “I thought it was exceptionally well done and I learned a lot, coming back inspired, invigorated, and ready to make our workplace safer and more compliant. ISTS did an amazing job, I really can’t say enough.”
  • “I thought the training was extremely useful and I’d recommend it, along with any other ACSA seminar to anyone.”
New Riff Distilling Shares Barrels with 34 Kentucky Craft Brewers
New Riff Distilling, a Northern Kentucky distillery offering a new riff on American whiskey, announced that it is sharing barrels that formerly held New Riff Bourbon with 34 of the state’s top craft brewers. It marks New Riff Distilling’s first participation in the Kentucky Guild of Brewers’ Kentucky Craft Bash, where a single distillery donates barrels to be given a new life by brewers who will use them to barrel-age their brews. (BevNet)
ACSA 6th Annual Convention & Vendor Trade Show in Less Than 3 Weeks
Join fellow producers and other industry experts for the largest gathering of licensed craft spirits producers in the U.S. We'll be in Minneapolis, Minnesota February 10-12 with some cool pre-convention programs planned.
Kingfly Spirits to Open in Pittsburgh Next Week
Kingfly Spirits opens in Pittsburgh's Strip District on Groundhog Day. But for Blake Ragghianti, life at the distillery is anything but routine. (Next Pittsburgh
Jacksonville, Fla. Distillery Installs Solar Technology
A steam-boiler powered by new solar technology manufactured in Jacksonville is now being used to make whiskey, bourbon, vodka and rum at a local distillery. Jacksonville-based Arctic Solar recently installed the solar steam boiler, powered by its patented XCPC solar thermal collectors, at Four Fathers Distillery in Northwest Jacksonville. (WJCT Public Media)
Ohio's Watershed Distillery Expands Distribution, Rebrands Chamomile Gin
Watershed Distillery announced a new look and wider distribution for its third addition to the Watershed family of gins, Chamomile-Flavored Guild Gin. (BevNet) 
Harlem Haberdashery Launches Spirits
The family behind Harlem Haberdashery, the legendary New York City boutique known for its custom designs and hip-hop collaborations, is helping you toast to the new year. In collaboration with AstraLuna Brands, they have launched HH Bespoke Spirits, starting with small-batch gin, vodka and rum. The craft spirits are in beautifully designed bottles, of course. (Black Enterprise) 
Florida's Point Distillery Gets Redevelopment Loan from County
Distributing rum and other liquor to locations outside the county makes a west Pasco distillery the kind of industry coveted by economic developers. The national and international exporting makes the Point Distillery at 11807 Little Road a so-called ‘’target industry,’’ and this week it received a first-of-its-kind loan from Pasco County to expand operations in an area earmarked for redevelopment. (Tampa Bay Times)
Portland, Oregon's East Side Distilling Acquires Craft Canning + Bottling
Eastside Distilling, Inc. has announced the acquisition by merger of Portland-based Craft Canning + Bottling, a leading provider of mobile canning and bottling services in Oregon, Washington and Colorado. (BevNet) 
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