Craft Spirits Weekly
Welcome to the 239th 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.
Applications Now Open for STEPUP Foundation
After more than 18 months of planning, the American Craft Spirits Association this week launched the Spirits Training Entrepreneurship Program for Underrepresented Professionals (STEPUP Foundation), a diversity initiative that aims to provide underserved and underrepresented individuals with training, encouragement, and opportunities to enter the craft spirits community through a comprehensive year long, immersive internship program. (
Deadline Extended: Please Complete the Craft Spirits Data Project
The American Craft Spirits Association, along with our hand-picked partner, Park Street, urgently need your feedback via the Craft Spirits Data Project Survey.

Now in its sixth year, the Craft Spirits Data Project is the chief economic data study for craft spirits producers—but we cannot do it without you. We need your help to provide hard data on what really happened to the craft spirits industry in 2020 during a tremendous year of change. This survey is shorter than years past, and your feedback is vital to our mission to elevate and advocate for the community of craft spirits producers.

Please do not delay—take the survey with an extended deadline to mid-September.
Du Nord Craft Spirits is Now Du Nord Social Spirits
Minneapolis-based Du Nord Craft Spirits announced that it is now Du Nord Social Spirits. (
Boot Hill Launches Whiskey with Kansas State Athletics
K-State Athletics (of Kansas State University) and Boot Hill Distillery have partnered to launch Wabash Reserve, the Wildcats’ officially licensed whiskey, which is now available for purchase. (
Craft Spirits TV: Bar Convent Brooklyn
Craft spirits producers are masked up, socially distanced and ready to pour at the American Craft Spirits Association Pavilion during Bar Convent Brooklyn, New York’s premier event for bars, bartenders and all cocktail-adjacent beverage alcohol industries. Thanks to all of our members who joined us: Aria Gin (Portland, OR), Backwards Distilling (Casper, WY), Distillery 291 (Colorado Springs, CO), New York Distilling Co. (Brooklyn, NY), Round Turn Distilling/Bimini Gin (Biddeford, ME), Wiggly Bridge Distillery (York, ME), Wigle Whiskey (Pittsburgh, PA).
Golden Moon Launches WeFunder Campaign
Golden Moon Distillery of Golden, Colorado, has officially launched the test phase of a WeFunder crowd funding campaign, available for initial consideration now. (
Enter the Second Annual Craft Spirits Packaging Awards
The American Craft Spirits Association and CRAFT SPIRITS magazine are thrilled to announce that registration is now open for the second annual Craft Spirits Packaging Awards. Sponsored by the Glass Packaging Institute, the competition celebrates excellence and creativity in the design of craft spirits labels and packaging. Medalists will be announced at ACSA’s Distillers’ Convention and Vendor Trade Show this December and will be featured in the January 2022 issue of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine.
Heartland Whiskey Medalists to be Announced in Early September
Judging has completed for the biennial Heartland Whiskey Competition, and we are excited to share that the medalists will be announced in early September.

This competition is generously sponsored by the following state corn association marketing boards. ACSA extends very special thanks to all for their support.

  • Colorado Corn Administrative Committee
  • Illinois Corn Marketing Board
  • Indiana Corn Marketing Council
  • Iowa Corn Promotion Board
  • Kansas Corn Commission
  • Kentucky Corn Promotion Council
  • Ohio Corn Marketing Program
  • The Corn Marketing Program Of Michigan
  • Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council
  • Missouri Corn Merchandising Council
  • Nebraska Corn Growers Association
  • New York Corn & Soybean Growers Association
  • Corn Growers Association of North Carolina
  • North Dakota Corn Council
  • Texas Corn Producers
  • Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board
  • Tennessee Corn Promotion Council
Spirit Works Distillery’s Goulart Earns Wine Enthusiast Honor
Krystal Goulart, head distiller of Sebastopol, California-based Spirit Works Distillery, has joined the ranks of this year’s Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Tastemakers, which highlights the people shaping the future of wine, beer, cider and spirits. (
Register Now for our Annual Distillers Convention and Vendor Trade Show
Our 8th Annual Distillers' Convention and Vendor Trade Show is nearly three months away, and we are excited to see you in Louisville, Kentucky! We 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. Start planning your experience now by perusing the convention scheduleexploring our pre-convention classes, and booking your stay at the Galt House, our host hotel.
Bourbon Women Launches Diversity & Inclusion Initiative
Furthering its educational mission, the Bourbon Women Association announced the new Amber Circle Diversity & Inclusion Initiative during its annual SIPosium conference. (
ACSA Submits Comments On Economic Competition in the Spirits Industry
On behalf of its members and American craft spirits producers, ACSA this August submitted comments to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) about economic competition in the spirits industry.
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Breakthru Beverage Names Tom Bené President and CEO
Breakthru Beverage Group announced that its board of managers has appointed Tom Bené as president and CEO, effective October 4, 2021. (
Detroit City Distillery Adds Four-Grain Bourbon to Lineup
Detroit City Distillery (DCD) is launching a new bourbon to join its permanent lineup of award-winning whiskies: Four Grain Straight Bourbon. (
RNDC Launches New Sales Division, LibDib@RNDC Texas
Republic National Distributing Co. and LibDib have announced announce the launch of LibDib@RNDC TX, a new sales division at RNDC within the state of Texas. (
Canteen Spirits Launches Gin Spritz RTD Cocktail
Ready-to-drink cocktail company Canteen Spirits announced that it is launching the newest innovation in its growing portfolio, Canteen Gin Spritz. (
Join Us for Craft Spirits Live on Instagram
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Read the Latest Issue of CRAFT SPIRITS Magazine
The American Craft Spirits Association proudly presents the July 2021 issue of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine! In our cover story, we profile craft liqueur producers who are tuning in to the evolving tastes of consumers. This issue also includes stories on honey spirits, light whiskey and much more!

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.)