Craft Spirits Weekly
Welcome to the 199th 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. This week's newsletter is sponsored by Rabin.
1 Day Left to Enter the Craft Spirits Packaging Awards
Time is running out to enter the Craft Spirits Packaging Awards. Presented by the American Craft Spirits Association and CRAFT SPIRITS magazine and sponsored by The Glass Packaging Institute, the competition celebrates excellence and creativity in the design of craft spirits labels and packaging. Medalists will be featured in the January issue of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine, with Best in Show gracing the cover. Entries will be judged by an independent panel of industry experts.

Deadline for entry is Friday, Nov. 13, 2020.
Cedar Ridge Eclipses Larger Brands with Best-selling Bourbon in Iowa
On Nov. 3, the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division posted the rolling 12-month sales revenue by category and Cedar Ridge Iowa Straight Bourbon Whiskey is now the No. 1 selling 750-mL bourbon in Iowa. This is a historic milestone for the Swisher, Iowa-based Cedar Ridge Distillery, as it has surpassed mass-produced Maker’s Mark & Jim Beam as top seller. (
Durham Distillery Opens Corpse Reviver Bar & Lounge
Durham Distillery co-founders Melissa and Lee Katrincic announce the opening of Corpse Reviver Cocktail Bar & Lounge—a natural extension of their award-winning Conniption Gin brand and a dynamic way to bring the brand—and an abundance of gin cocktails—to life in Durham, North Carolina. (
Eight Oaks Farm Distillery Releases Veterans Cut Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon
On Veterans Day, Eight Oaks Farm Distillery of New Tripoli, Pennsylvania, released Veterans Cut, a single-barrel, four-year-old, 100-proof bourbon whiskey to honor veterans. (
Kōloa Rum Co. Debuts Kaua’i Cacao Rum with Lydgate Farms
Hawai’i’s award-winning Kōloa Rum Co. debuts Kōloa Kaua’i Cacao Rum in partnership with Kaua’i’s Lydgate Farms. The chocolate-flavored rum incorporates the finest Hawaiian-grown cacao from Lydgate Farms, an award-winning, fifth generation Kaua’i family farm that is recognized for producing some of the finest chocolates in the world. (
Laws Whiskey House Releases Ruby Port Cask Finished Bourbon
Laws Whiskey House of Denver announces the launch of its limited-edition Experiential Series Ruby Port Finished Bourbon, adding another expression of Laws’ classic Four Grain Straight Bourbon finished in Ruby Port casks. (
Watershed Distillery Releases Bourbon Finished in Nocino Barrels
In addition to its annual release of Barrel Aged Nocino this season, Watershed Distillery of Columbus, Ohio, is debuting Nocino Finished Bourbon on Dec. 4. (
Courage & Conviction Now Available Through Curiada
Virginia Distillery Co. of Lovingston, Virginia, recently began offering its flagship American Single Malt in the ‘Courage & Conviction’ product line for online purchase in 24 states as well as D.C. through Curiada, a new online spirits marketplace curating collections of the world’s most distinctive spirits. (
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.

November 18th: Greg Lehman, Watershed Distillery
November 25th: David Weglarz, StilL 630
December 2nd: Lisa Wicker, Widow Jane Distillery
December 9th: Gary Hinegardner, Wood Hat Spirits
December 16th: Heather Greene, Provision Spirits
December 23rd: No Craft Spirits Live
December 30th: No Craft Spirits Live
January 6th: Alex Laufer, One Eight Distilling

Not sure how Instagram Live works? Click here to learn more.
Montanya Distillers Announces New Director of HR
Montanya Distillers, a craft rum distillery and Certified B Corporation based in Crested Butte, Colorado, has hired Andrea Schumacher to serve as the distillery’s director of human resources and business development. (
Chemist Spirits Releases 151 Gin
Chemist Spirits of Asheville, North Carolina, announced the release of 151 Gin. At 151 proof, the distillery claims it is the strongest gin in the U.S. (
Tips for Getting Quicker Approvals from TTB
In case you missed it, the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) recently posted tips for speeding up your TTB approvals by avoiding some of the common errors they regularly see on alcohol beverage formulas. (
Reminder: Importance of Registering Sanitizer
Recently, ACSA leadership met with the FDA and the biggest takeaways were the importance of following current FDA guidelines and the necessity to register if you are producing hand sanitizer, packaging or labeling for distribution (either for sale or donation). You must also register with the FDA if you are manufacturing ethanol for use by others in making sanitizer.

If you believe a distillery is producing or distributing hand sanitizer or ethanol in a manner that is inconsistent with recent federal regulations and guidelines published for use during the COVID-19 public health emergency, please click here.

And if you haven't already added your distillery to our list of DSPs producing hand sanitizers, click here.

Additionally, FDA recently announced that it is providing a laboratory testing method to assess the quality of finished hand sanitizer products.

This testing method can be used to help assure hand sanitizers contain the correct ingredients and do not contain harmful levels of impurities. To read the full bulletin on the FDA's laboratory testing method, click here.
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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Read the Latest Issue of Craft Spirits Magazine
The American Craft Spirits Association proudly presents the November issue of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine. In our cover story, we highlight sustainability and social awareness principles within the craft rum business.

This issue also includes:

  • A feature story profiling distillers elected to serve in public office
  • Insights for craft spirits producers looking to boost off-premise sales
  • Tips for troubleshooting the most common fermentation challenges
  • 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.)