Craft Spirits Weekly
Welcome to the 217th issue of Craft Spirits Weekly. This newsletter is dedicated to bringing ACSA members 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 CRAFT SPIRITS magazine and the American Craft Spirits Association. This week's newsletter is sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co.
Back on Track: Register Now for ACSA's Convention in Louisville
ACSA is thrilled to announce that registration is now open for its annual Distillers’ Convention and Vendor Trade Show. The convention is scheduled for Dec. 4-6, 2021, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Get ready to join fellow producers and other industry experts to network, learn, and toast our incomparable, vibrant industry in Derby City. ACSA is planning a stellar conference that will showcase our LEGACY and demonstrate our GRIT. Over two and half days, you will gain from tailored educational content from top professionals and be given opportunities to mix and mingle with suppliers and friends in our craft spirits community.
As the health and safety of our attendees will continue to be our main priority, expect a release of COVID-19 precautions shortly.
All prior attendee and exhibitor registration fees from the July 2021 event will automatically roll over and be applied to the December dates. If you need to check registration status or have any immediate questions, please contact Teresa McDaniel at (502) 807-4249 and/or
American Rescue Plan Includes Help for Craft Distilleries
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 was signed into law on March 11, 2021. The signature legislation of President Biden’s first 100 days provides $1.9 trillion to stimulate the economy, helping individuals and small businesses. For craft distillers, there is an important new program in the legislation, the Restaurants Act. (
Register Now for our Public Policy Conference
Join us for the American Craft Spirits Association and the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States' Virtual Public Policy Conference on May 25-26, 2021. While we are disappointed COVID-19 prevents an in-person visit again this year, we plan to offer the same opportunities that you have come to expect from our conference—to learn and share from one another and celebrate this great industry.

As part of the conference, craft distillers and suppliers will participate in virtual congressional visits with your home state legislators to discuss the extreme hardships craft distilleries are facing due to the impacts of COVID-19.

You can register for the May 25 and 26 free event and attend from the comfort of your home or distillery/office as it is VIRTUAL. 
Tattersall Collaborates with Voyageurs National Park on 5 Grain Whiskey
Tattersall Distilling and Voyageurs Conservancy, the official nonprofit partner of Minnesota’s Voyageurs National Park, have announced the release of Voyageurs Five Grain Whiskey. This limited edition collaboration whiskey was created to celebrate the preservation of Voyageurs National Park’s dark skies. (
ACSA Joins Tariffs Coalition, Urges Members to Take Immediate Action
ACSA recently joined dozens of associations representing all tiers of the beverage alcohol industry in the launch of the Toasts Not Tariffs Coalition to advocate for the permanent removal of all EU, U.K. and U.S. tariffs on beverage alcohol products in connection to the steel and aluminum and WTO Boeing/Airbus disputes. (
POET Expands Production of Plant-based Purified Alcohol
POET announced it has expanded its production of all-natural, 100% plant-based purified alcohol, which exceeds the highest global quality standards for alcohol. POET also unveiled a suite of bio-based products under a new label, POET Pure. (
Take Our Survey on Tasting Room Revenue Loss
ACSA continues to work with Congress to ensure distilleries have access to maximum PPP and debt relief. Now that 2020 is well behind us, please take one minute to provide your most recent analysis of total loss of revenue in 2020 from your tasting rooms.
GPI Extends Clear Choice Awards Entry Deadline
The Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) is extending the entry deadline for the 2021 Clear Choice Awards from April 15, 2021, to April 30, 2021. The deadline for physical submissions has also been extended to May 28, 2021. ( 
Stellum Spirits Debuts Cask-Strength Bourbon & Rye Whiskey
Stellum Spirits, a new national brand created to celebrate the modern-day whiskey drinker, officially launched its inaugural flagship offerings, including bourbon (blue label), rye (green label), and single barrels, which are all bottled at cask strength. ( 
Access Assets to Advocate for DtC
ACSA has a collection of resources for guilds and distilleries to advocate for DtC changes, including a postcard to send to legislators, model guidelines necessary for elements of a model DtC bill, talking points and FAQs about DtC.
Shaker & Spoon Unveils Steeped in Vodka 2 Box
Shaker & Spoon, the popular monthly cocktail subscription box designed to elevate the art of at-home cocktails, has partnered with a trio of critically acclaimed bartenders for their Steeped in Vodka 2 Box. ( 
Join Us for Craft Spirits Live on Instagram
Join ACSA for Craft Spirits Live, our Instagram Live show. In each episode, a leading craft spirits producer invites us into their distillery for 30 minutes of engaging conversation and a virtual tour—as well as an opportunity to answer all of your burning questions.

April 7th: Pia Carusone, Republic Restoratives
April 14th: Scott Mayer, Blended Family Spirits
April 21st: Britt Moon, Swamp Fox Distilling Co.
April 28th: Jon Lawson and Tristan Mermin, St. Barts Spirit Company
May 5th: Chris Sywassink, Ghost Coast Distillery
May 12th: TBA
May 19th: TBA
May 26th: No Craft Spirits Live

Not sure how Instagram Live works? Click here to learn more.
Boardroom Spirits Unveils Moscow Mule Canned Cocktail
Boardroom Spirits of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, unveils its newest canned cocktail, a Moscow Mule [7.5% ABV], culminating in a month-long social campaign and giveaway to its burgeoning portfolio of premium craft distilled products. (
Mr Black Roasters & Distillers to Release Coffee Amaro
Mr Black Roasters & Distillers announces the U.S. debut of its specialty coffee liqueur—Mr Black Coffee Amaro. This expression is a bitter liqueur inspired by two iconic drinking heritages, Italy’s after-dinner drink tradition, and Australia’s coffee culture. (
Got a question? ACSA's got the answer.
In these challenging times, seek advice and lend your knowledge in ACSA's online forums. Our main forum topics include crisis management, services, TTB, safety, technical, equipment & materials, legislation, business and marketplace.
Read the Latest Issue of CRAFT SPIRITS Magazine
The American Craft Spirits Association proudly presents the March 2021 issue of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine. Our cover story is an oral history on the long journey to permanent federal excise tax (FET) relief, a victory more than a decade in the making for American craft spirits makers.

This issue also includes:

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The American Craft Spirits Association is the only national registered non-profit trade association representing the U.S. craft spirits industry. Its mission is to elevate and advocate for the community of craft spirits producers, and membership in ACSA is open to anyone. 

ACSA is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the eligible voting members of the Association. Voting members must be independent licensed distillers (DSPs) annually removing fewer than 750,000 proof gallons from bond (the amount on which a Federal Excise Tax is paid.)