Craft Spirits Weekly
Welcome to the 230th 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.
Bar Convent Brooklyn Announces COVID Vaccine Requirement
Bar Convent Brooklyn (BCB) announced that everyone will need to be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO approved vaccine in order to attend and participate at the August trade show, and they must show proof of vaccination at their time of entry. “Fully vaccinated” means that by the date of the event you are attending you must be:
  • at least 14 days after your second dose of a FDA or WHO approved two dose COVID-19 vaccine, or 
  • at least 14 days after your single dose of a FDA or WHO approved single dose COVID-19 vaccine.
The only exception is for or those who need reasonable accommodations due to a disability or sincerely held religious belief.
Cedar Ridge Unveils Third Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon Release
Iowa’s first and oldest distillery—Cedar Ridge—is celebrating 12 years since the release of the state’s first bourbon since Prohibition. In celebration, alongside the brand’s annual Bourbon & Blues Festival, Cedar Ridge will be offering a limited release of its Bottled-in-Bond bourbon. (
Maryland's Allegany Museum to Host Whiskey Rebellion Festival
The only time a sitting President led troops into the field was when President Washington rode to Fort Cumberland to put down the Whiskey Rebellion. This show of force was sufficient to quell the rebellion. To commemorate this event and other local history, the Allegany Museum in Cumberland is hosting a Whiskey Rebellion Celebration in September 2021. (
Hurry: Enter Two Spirits, Get Third Free!
Deadlines are quickly approaching for the third biennial Heartland Whiskey Competition. The registration deadline is weeks away and our special offer to enter two spirits and get the third one free ends this Friday, July 2.

The competition is open to craft whiskeys from all 50 states that incorporate corn in their mash bill, but the following corn-supported states can compete for a "Best of State" award: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. 

Enter your whiskey by July 14, deliver it by July 18, and earn your right to display a new gold, silver or bronze medal. This event only happens every two years so don't let this opportunity pass you by.

ACSA Members: $175 per spirit

Click the judging protocols and the submission guidelines for more details. Still not convinced? Call Teresa at (502) 807-4249 and she'll let you know why this is a good fit for your whiskey!

The deadline for entries is July 14 with a spirits delivery deadline of July 18. 

This competition is generously sponsored by the following state corn association marketing boards. ACSA extends very special thanks to all of them 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
Chemist Spirits Releases Second Edition of Biltmore Collaboration Gin
Asheville, North Carolina-based Chemist Spirits last week released the second edition of its Conservatory Rose Gin, a collaboration with Biltmore Winery. (
Craft Maltsters Guild Plans In-Person/Virtual Hybrid Event for Feb. 2022
Plans for the fifth annual Craft Malt Conference (CMC 2022) are now taking shape. The Craft Maltsters Guild invites maltsters, brewers, distillers, farmers, and other industry partners to join them February 18-19, 2022 at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland, Maine, for this annual conference. (
Coppercraft Distillery Launches Four New Canned RTD Cocktails
Coppercraft Distillery announced the release of four new premium canned cocktails: Black Cherry Whiskey, Moscow Mule, Rum Punch, and Iced Tea & Lemonade. The new cocktails, made to be enjoyed as a convenient and premium option, expand the distillery’s popular ready-to-drink portfolio to seven products. (
Fever-Tree Introduces Distillers Cola for Mixing with Craft Rum, Whiskey
Premium mixers producer Fever-Tree has announced the launch of Fever-Tree Distillers Cola—designed for mixing with the finest rums and whiskeys—for summer 2021.(
Dashfire Expands Line of RTD Cocktails
Dashfire, a family-owned bitters and cocktail company based in Minnetonka, Minnesota, has announced the expansion of its ready-to-drink cocktails and hard coffees to three additional states: New York, Wisconsin and Alaska. (
Inland Packaging Starts Production at Wisconsin Facility
Inland Packaging, a domestic label and packaging manufacturer, has started production at its new facility in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The 40,000-square-foot facility is focused on producing in-mold labels for Inland’s larger CPG customers. (
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7 Point-of-Service Benefits That Will Increase Your Revenue
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In this complimentary white paper from our sponsor, Arryved, gain insight on point-of-service systems for tasting room and retail teams designed to enhance your revenue streams.
The Independent Channel: Where Trends Take Hold
Trends are made in the independent liquor retail channel. Local liquor stores are where drinking communities go for experimentation and discovery. So trends that start in bars and restaurants then move through local retailers and into drinkers' homes. Craft brands with insight into this trajectory can capitalize to create better futures for their distilleries.

In this report from our sponsor, 3x3, you'll explore how four modern product trends tipped through local liquor store sales—illustrated through proprietary transaction data from 12+ million shoppers.
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.
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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!

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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.)