Craft Spirits Weekly
Welcome to the 272nd 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.
Casey Jones Distillery to Expand with $1.9 Million Investment
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear recently announced further momentum in the state’s bourbon and spirits industry with the expansion of Casey Jones Distillery in Hopkinsville, a $1.9 million investment that will create 15 full-time jobs for local residents. (CraftSpiritsMag.com)
Survey: Do You Produce RTDs?
The American Craft Spirits Association wants to hear from craft spirits producers making ready-to-drink (RTD) cocktails. If you make RTDs, please take this brief survey so that we can advocate on your behalf.
Webinar: Heirloom Rye Panel
As rye whiskey emerges from the shadow of bourbon and has established itself as a significant American spirits category in its own right, distillers and farmers are working together to revive venerable heirloom rye varieties and create points of differentiation within the booming category. Join us for a webinar on May 10, where our panel will explore four distinctive heritage grains that are bringing new flavor experiences to the rye-whiskey-drinking public.

When?: Tuesday, May 10th at 3 PM Eastern

How Much?: Complimentary to ACSA members, $59 for non-members

Who?: Scott Blackwell (High Wire Distilling Co.), Jay Erisman (New Riff Distilling), Laura Fields (Delaware Valley Fields Foundation) and Tom Potter (New York Distilling Co.)
New Riff Releases Malted Rye Whiskey Finished in Sherry Casks
New Riff Distilling of Newport, Kentucky, announced the release of a limited-edition Sherry Finished Malted Rye Whiskey, bottled at barrel strength without chill filtration and secondarily-aged in Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. (CraftSpiritsMag.com)
May is Tavern Month: Support Local Bars & Taverns
For the 69th consecutive year, May is Tavern Month and bars and taverns across the United States are celebrating the positive impact they have on their local economies, the good jobs they provide and the key role they play in maintaining the social discourse of the country. (CraftSpiritsMag.com)
Register for the 9th Annual Distillers' Convention and Vendor Trade Show
We're headed to New Orleans on July 21-24, 2022, for the 9th Annual Distillers' Convention and Vendor Trade Show. ACSA is planning a stellar convention with three-plus days in the Crescent City, where you will gain from tailored educational content from subject matter experts and be given opportunities to mix and mingle with suppliers and friends in our craft spirits community!
Driftless Glen Unveils Apricot Brandy-Finished Bourbon
Driftless Glen Distillery of Baraboo, Wisconsin, announced the release of a limited edition Apricot Brandy-Finished Bourbon. (CraftSpiritsMag.com)
Exclusive, Watershed Single Barrel Selections Hit Ohio Liquor Stores
Columbus, Ohio-based Watershed Distillery, in partnership with Ohio Liquor (OHLQ), has chosen six exclusive single barrel selections for Ohio consumers, available at select liquor stores throughout the state. (CraftSpiritsMag.com)
Brush Creek Distillery Unveils Railroad Rye
Brush Creek Distillery of Saratoga, Wyoming, unveiled its first ever batch of Railroad Rye. This Straight Rye whiskey traveled over 1,200 miles across North America’s historic transcontinental railroad on a boxcar to its home at the distillery where it matured on a 30,000-acre working cattle ranch, in the Wyoming wilderness. (CraftSpiritsMag.com)
CRAFT SPIRITS Magazine
Read the March/April Issue of CRAFT SPIRITS Magazine
The latest issue of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine is here, and it includes stories on heirloom rye, planning for the next crisis, contract considerations during the supply chain disruption and much more!
Join Us in the V.I.P. Lounge
Our V.I.P. Lounge members received the March/April issue of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine early, and our $40- and $60-per-year supporters were invited to join craft spirits icon Lance Winters of St. George Spirits for a virtual happy hour. To unlock additional bonuses, like a set of CRAFT SPIRITS-branded Glencairn glasses, join us in the V.I.P. Lounge today.
Send News to CRAFT SPIRITS Magazine
Do you have exciting stories to share about your distillery? Keep us posted on new products, events, trends, tips and more by sending us a note at news@americancraftspirits.org.
In Case You Missed It
Do you need glass bottles?
The American Craft Spirits Association is aware that many of its members are experiencing supply chain disruptions, particularly with glass bottles. In partnership with the Glass Packaging Institute, we have identified several glass bottle manufacturers willing to sell additional stock bottles (closures are not included) as a benefit to ACSA voting members. 

Click below to see what is available now to reserve by the pallet on a first-come, first-served basis for ACSA members.

ACSA Starts Facebook Group for Voting Members
In an effort to use the platforms that you most often use, ACSA started a private Facebook group for voting members only (open to all employees of member DSPs). The group will be an environment to not only ask questions without judgement, but to provide input and feedback to colleagues based upon members’ experiences and best practices. If you would like to be added to the group, please send an email to carason@americancraftspirits.org.
The ACSA PAC Needs Your Support
ACSA’s public policy advocacy on behalf of its members is critical to making sure our community’s voice is heard on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures. A crucial piece of this strategy is a strong Political Action Committee (PAC) and to maintain this presence, we need your support, particularly during a mid-term election year.
 
The easiest way to engage and learn more is to go to our website and log in to ACSA. 
 
Should you have any questions about ACSA’s PAC, or ACSA’s public policy initiatives, please write to acsapac@americancraftspirits.org.
The American Craft Spirits Association is the only national registered nonprofit 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.)
Thank You, Sponsors!
ACSA would like to thank all of our annual sponsors and our key supporters of education. We are grateful for all of your support throughout the year. Cheers!