Craft Spirits Weekly
Welcome to the 216th 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.
FDA Plans to Exempt Distillers from Hand Sanitizer Fees
The leadership at ACSA today spoke with officials from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which alerted the association to an update that went into the Federal Register today for publication tomorrow, March 26, that will exempt distilleries from an Over-the-Counter Monograph Drug User Fee Assessment (OMUFA) if they registered to produce hand sanitizer after January 27, 2020. (
Register Now for our Public Policy Conference
Join us for the American Craft Spirits Association and the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States' Virtual Public Policy Conference on May 25-26, 2021. While we are disappointed COVID-19 prevents an in-person visit again this year, we plan to offer the same opportunities that you have come to expect from our conference—to learn and share from one another and celebrate this great industry.

As part of the conference, craft distillers and suppliers will participate in virtual congressional visits with your home state legislators to discuss the extreme hardships craft distilleries are facing due to the impacts of COVID-19.

You can register for the May 25 and 26 free event and attend from the comfort of your home or distillery/office as it is VIRTUAL. 
Copperworks Distilling Releases Double Peated Whiskey
Copperworks Distilling Co. of Seattle announced the release of Copperworks Double Peated Whiskey. This single cask release (Release 036) was crafted through an inspired blend of old and new-world malt whiskey production techniques, resulting in a whiskey that is far smokier than any of the distillery’s previous releases. (
Craft Spirits Podcast: Abby Titcomb of 3 Floyds Distilling Co.
Abby Titcomb is the vice president and head distiller of 3 Floyds Distilling Co. in Munster, Indiana. In this episode, Titcomb spoke to editor in chief Jeff Cioletti about her journey from brewing to distilling; the distillery’s lineup of gin, aquavit, and more; and whether or not legal cannabis is affecting alcohol sales. (
ACSA Reschedules Louisville Convention for December
The American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) has rescheduled its 2021 Distillers’ Convention and Vendor Trade Show to December 4-6 (instead of July 25-27) in Louisville, Kentucky. ( 
California Distillers Urge Legislature to Make DtC Shipping Permanent
The California Artisanal Distillers Guild urged the California legislature to pass SB 620, a new bill to make direct-to-consumer (DtC) shipping of distilled spirits permanent— an advantage wineries have enjoyed in the state for more than three decades. ( 
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.
Breakthru Celebrates Anniversary with $100K in Charitable Donations
Breakthru Beverage Group, a leading North American beverage distributor with operations across the United States and Canada, today announced a $100,000 donation across several notable organizations in celebration of its five-year company anniversary. ( 
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.

March 31st: Richard Patrick, Cathead Distillery
April 7th: Pia Carusone, Republic Restoratives
April 14th: Scott Mayer, Blended Family Spirits
April 21st: Britt Moon, Swamp Fox Distilling Co.
April 28th: Jon Lawson and Tristan Mermin, St. Barts Spirit Company
May 5th: Chris Sywassink, Ghost Coast Distillery
May 12th: TBA
May 19th: TBA
May 26th: No Craft Spirits Live

Not sure how Instagram Live works? Click here to learn more.
Boardroom Spirits Welcomes Spring with Three Ready-to-Drink Cocktails
Boardroom Spirits of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, introduced three 750-mL bottled cocktails just in time for spring. Elderberry Cucumber Cooler, Lansdale Lemonade, and Spring Garden are gluten-free, made with all-natural ingredients and available for purchase now. (
Absinthia’s Bottled Spirits Releases Absinthia Verte Absinthe
Absinthia’s Bottled Spirits, a woman-owned artisan spirits company, has released Absinthia Verte, the follow-up to its inaugural and gold medal-winning Absinthia Blanche. (
Dirty Sue Introduces Bloody Mary Spice Mix
Dirty Sue, created by long-time LA bartender Eric “ET” Tecosky (Jones Hollywood), inventor of the bottled premium olive juice category and maker of fine cocktail garnishes, announces the launch of Dirty Sue Bloody Mary Spice Mix. (
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.
Read the March Issue of CRAFT SPIRITS Magazine
The American Craft Spirits Association proudly presents the March 2021 issue of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine. Our cover story is an oral history on the long journey to permanent federal excise tax (FET) relief, a victory more than a decade in the making for American craft spirits makers.

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.)