Craft Spirits Weekly
Welcome to the 174th issue of Craft Spirits Weekly , a service 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. While this is normally a members-only benefit, we are distributing this newsletter to all DSPs as a public service during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Catoctin Creek to Release Infinity Barrel #InThisTogether Rye Whisky
Catoctin Creek Distilling Co.  of Purcellville, Virginia, is excited to release its Infinity Barrel #InThisTogether Rye Whisky on June 1. Aged in leftover casks from the distillery’s barrel select program, all profits from this limited 80-proof release will go to charities supporting struggling restaurants and bars. (CraftSpiritsMag.com)
WSET Launches Raising Spirits Campaign to Benefit U.S. Hospitality Sector
The  Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) , the largest global provider of wine, spirits and sake qualifications, has today launched its Raising Spirits campaign in the US. The campaign has been set up to support the hard-hit U.S. hospitality sector during the COVID-19 crisis. (CraftSpiritsMag.com)
TTB Updates on Tax-Free Withdrawals and Sanitizer Production Extension
This week, the  Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)  released new guidance ( TTB G 2020-4 ) about tax-free withdrawals of distilled spirits under the provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and extending approval of the exemptions announced in TTB’s earlier hand sanitizer guidance through December 31, 2020.(CraftSpiritsMag.com)
More than 4,200 Have Donated to USBG National Charity Foundation
The  USBG National Charity Foundation  announced that since it began accepting contributions to its Bartender Emergency Assistance Program COVID-19 Relief Campaign in March, it has received donations from more than 4,200 individuals and companies. (CraftSpiritsMag.com)
Join Us for Craft Spirits Live on Instagram
Join ACSA each Wednesday for Craft Spirits Live, our new 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.

UPCOMING GUESTS

May 27: Jake Holshue, Old Trestle Distillery

June 3: Molly Troupe, Freeland Spirits

June 10: Mark A. Vierthaler, Tenth Ward Distilling Co.

June 17: Murphy Quint, Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery

June 24: Colin Keegan, Santa Fe Spirits

July 1: Michael Myers, Distillery 291

July 8: Heather Shade, Port Chilkoot Distillery

July 15: Jeff Kanof, Copperworks Distilling

To watch,  click here and make sure you're following @craftspiritsus on Instagram.   When we start a live video, our profile picture will appear at the top of the feed with a colorful ring around it and the word Live. Tap or click our profile picture to view our live video. You can watch the live videos on the Instagram app or on Instagram.com.  And you can also watch a replay in our Instagram Stories for up to 24 hours after the interview.
Guidelines for Reopening Tasting Rooms During COVID-19
As many areas of the country are loosening restrictions on social distancing and opening up the economy, tasting room practices will need to adapt to meet various directives.

Because of this, the following health and safety  guidelines for reopening distillery  operations during COVID-19 have been compiled from published government guidance documents including those from the FDA, CDC and OHSA.

These suggestions are meant to serve as a resource in conjunction with additional state and local guidance that may be in effect in your area. We recommend using this document alongside additional directives in place in your area to develop a thorough plan for reopening that addresses both employee and guest safety.
Are you on our list of distilleries making sanitizers?
ACSA has compiled a list of hundreds of distilleries that are making hand sanitizer or sanitizing spray, but we know that many are missing from the list. If you haven't already added your distillery or confirmed that you are on the list, please click the link below.
10th Street Distillery Launches STR Single Malt Whiskeys
The first launch (2,000 bottles) of STR Single Malt (ABV 46 %, MSRP $65) from 10th Street Distillery of San Jose, California, is now available at retailers across the Golden State. (CraftSpiritsMag.com)
SanTan Spirits Releases Cask-Strength Butcher Jones Straight Rye Whiskey
SanTan Spirits, the distilling side of Arizona's SanTan Brewing Co., is releasing its newest award winner—Butcher Jones, Straight Rye Whiskey, Cask Strength. Available for purchase at Spirit House in Downtown Chandler and at the company's production facility in Chandler. (CraftSpiritsMag.com)
Canned Cocktails in Quarantine Make Mixing a One-Step Process
Canned cocktails have gone from nearly nonexistent to ubiquitous in the United States in just a few years, and sales have climbed steadily. But with the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic and widespread stay-at-home orders, interest has skyrocketed. (The New York Times)
Craft Spirits TV: Catching Up with Cedar Ridge Distillery
In this episode, Cedar Ridge Distillery  (Swisher, Iowa) founder Jeff Quint updates us on operations during the COVID-19 pandemic and  Park Stree t’s Emily Pennington gives us the low down on what’s happening in some of the states. Meanwhile ACSA Craft Spirits medalists  Triple 8 Distillery  and  Proof and Wood Ventures  offer a few words.
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.
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