Craft Spirits Weekly
Welcome to the 207th issue of Craft Spirits Weekly. This newsletter is 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 CRAFT SPIRITS magazine and the American Craft Spirits Association.
Appalachian Gap Distillery Commits to Become Climate Neutral Certified
Appalachian Gap Distillery of Middlebury, Vermont, is proud to announce it has committed to become Climate Neutral Certified. The company will be working with Climate Neutral, an independent non-profit organization that helps companies measure their carbon footprint, offset it in its entirety by purchasing quality carbon credits, and reduce emissions moving forward. ( 
Freeland Spirits Releases Cocktail Kit Honoring Kamala Harris
To celebrate the swearing in of Kamala Harris as vice president, Freeland Spirits of Portland, Oregon, is releasing the Queen Kamala cocktail kit. Harris is the nation’s first female vice president, and the first Black and South Asian person to serve as vice president. ( 
Wigle Whiskey Announces Collaborations to Celebrate Groundhog Day
In partnership with the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Pennsylvania beverage makers Wigle Whiskey and Threadbare Cider have created limited edition batches of their whiskey and cider in tribute to Pennsylvania’s favorite groundhog in his 135th year of prognosticating. (
Have you registered for ACSA's Judging of Craft Spirits?
ACSA's 8th Annual Judging of Craft Spirits is now open for entries. ACSA takes great pride in conducting a rigorously professional judging program that recognizes the best craft spirits in the categories of Vodka/Grain, Gin, Brandy, Rum, Ready-to-Drink, Whiskey, and Specialty Spirits.

Register now to take advantage of general registration fees until Feb. 28. The late riser fee will be from March 1 until registration closes on March 12.

All spirits must be received by March 17. The competition is open to all producers of craft spirits in the United States. Due to COVID-19 we will not be accepting international entries in this year's competition.

General Fee: $250 per entry
Late Riser: $275 per entry
Koloa Rum Co. Expands Distribution to Minnesota
Hawai’i’s award-winning Kōloa Rum Co. announces the 28th state in its U.S. distribution channel, as the brand’s premium Hawaiian rums debut in Minnesota in partnership with local wholesaler and distributor Vinocopia Wine and Spirits. (
Craft Maltsters Guild Goes Virtual With 2021 Craft Malt Conference
The Craft Maltsters Guild proudly presents the fourth annual Craft Malt Conference, coming to you in a virtual format from February 10-12. The decision to go virtual in 2021 was made to support safety measures during COVID-19 but with the added perk of increasing accessibility for the greater craft malt community. (
High West Introduces Snow Globe Dining Opportunity
High West Distillery of Park City, Utah, is providing guests with the opportunity to dine in a snow globe at the distillery’s Nelson Cottage. The state-of-the-art, heated globe will provide small groups (up to eight people) with an intimate space to take in panoramic views of the Wasatch Mountains and historic downtown. (
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.

January 27th: Richard Anderson, Iron Fish Distillery
February 3rd: Lorna Conrad, Corsair Distillery
February 10th: Dr. Sonat Birnecker Hart, KOVAL Distillery
February 17th: Mark Beres, Flying Leap Distillery
February 24th: Jeff Pennington and Carter Collins, Pennington Distilling Co.

Not sure how Instagram Live works? Click here to learn more.
Alcohol Associations Call for Suspension of Tariffs on Spirits and Wine
The American Craft Spirits Association and a coalition of 20 additional trade associations representing U.S., European Union, and United Kingdom wine, distilled spirits and related sectors recently expressed disappointment in new U.S. tariffs going into effect on certain Cognac, other grape brandies and non-sparkling wine from France and Germany. (
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 January issue of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine.

This issue includes:

  • All of the medalists from the inaugural Craft Spirits Packaging Awards
  • A feature story on distilleries reviving pre-Prohibition distilleries and brands
  • A look at the benefits of using specialty malts
  • Alluring cocktail recipes from ACSA members
  • And much more!
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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.)