Craft Spirits Weekly
Welcome to the 243rd 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.
Deadline for Craft Spirits Packaging Awards Extended to Oct. 5
We have extended the deadline for the Craft Spirits Packaging Awards until the end of the day on Tuesday, Oct. 5. 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.

We'll announce the medalists and best in show honoree at ACSA's Distillers' Convention and Vendor Trade Show this December, and all medalists will be featured in the January issue of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine. Will we see you on the winners stage?

Don't miss out on this opportunity to claim bragging rights for your craft spirits packaging, label and design work. Register now!
Special Thanks to Our Craft Spirits Packaging Awards Sponsor:
Craft Spirits TV: Deadline Nears for Craft Spirits Packaging Awards
As the deadline approaches to enter the second annual Craft Spirits Packaging Awards, last year's Best in Show honorees, Emil Jättne and Joe Santos of Brooklyn Gin, share what it means to medal in the competition.
URGENT: Please Complete the Craft Spirits Data Project
The American Craft Spirits Association, along with our hand-picked partner, Park Street, urgently need your feedback via the Craft Spirits Data Project Survey.

Now in its sixth year, the Craft Spirits Data Project is the chief economic data study for craft spirits producers—but we cannot do it without you. We need your help to provide hard data on what really happened to the craft spirits industry in 2020 during a tremendous year of change. This survey is shorter than years past, and your feedback is vital to our mission to elevate and advocate for the community of craft spirits producers.

Please do not delay—take the survey by no later than Oct. 12.
Driftless Glen Releases Bourbon to Raise Funds for Cancer Research
Driftless Glen Distillery of Baraboo, Wisconsin, announced that it is releasing a limited-edition pink-label bourbon in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (
Will you STEPUP?
After more than 18 months of planning, the American Craft Spirits Association recently launched the Spirits Training Entrepreneurship Program for Underrepresented Professionals (STEPUP Foundation), a diversity initiative that aims to provide underserved and underrepresented individuals with training, encouragement, and opportunities to enter the craft spirits community through a comprehensive yearlong, immersive internship program. The first application deadline for interns, distilleries and mentors is this Friday, Oct. 1.
Garrison Brothers Releases 2021 Edition of Cowboy Bourbon
Garrison Brothers Distillery of Hye, Texas, has released its most coveted expression, the limited-edition, highly-anticipated Cowboy Bourbon. (
Westward Whiskey Unveils Cask Strength
Westward Whiskey of Portland, Oregon, is proud to introduce the unfettered, barrel strength version of its original American Single Malt, Westward Cask Strength. (
Maggie Campbell Joins Mount Gay Rum
In October 2021, Mount Gay will expand its team of expertise to welcome Maggie Campbell, former head distiller of Privateer Rum. (
New Book About Dogfish Head to be Released in October
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery announced the publication of “The Dogfish Head Book: 26 Years of Off-Centered Adventures,” a celebratory chronology of the offbeat escapades that propelled Dogfish Head to become the beloved craft brewery, distillery, hotel and culinary hub it is today. (
Dogfish Head Founder Sam Calagione to Present Keynote Address
The American Craft Spirits Association is thrilled to announce Sam Calagione, the founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Dogfish Head Distilling Co., as the keynote speaker for our 8th Annual Distillers' Convention and Vendor Trade Show this December 4-6 in Louisville, Kentucky. In his keynote, Off-Centered Brand Building from Zero to 102 Proof, Sam will discuss his off-centered journey, with humble beginnings as the smallest brewery in America. Dogfish Head's diverse portfolio today spans from non-alcoholic beer to 102-proof American single malt whiskey with a few beers, canned cocktails, restaurants and a beverage-themed inn between them. The keynote will be delivered on December 5th from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
ACSA to Develop New Fire Safety Program
ACSA has committed to focus on distillery fire safety through the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Susan Harwood Grant Training Program. The purpose of the program is to equip nonprofit organizations to provide training and education programs for employers and workers on the recognition, avoidance and prevention of safety and health hazards in their workplaces, and to inform workers of their rights and employers of their responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Through this program, ACSA will develop a 7.5-hour training for both distillery employers and workers, covering fire prevention and protection topics. Topics will include proper storage of flammables, housekeeping, hazard identification, barrel and warehouse protection, grounding and bonding, and sprinkler systems/fire extinguishers.
Tamworth Distilling Announces Return of Seasonal Spirits
Tamworth Distilling of Tamworth, New Hampshire, announced the annual re-launch of two seasonal spirits ideal for sipping all autumn long. (
Cemetery Gin Finds New Home at Comstock Distillers
Cemetery Gin—the official spirit of Virginia City, Nevada—has a new home in Comstock Distillers. (
Join us in the V.I.P. Lounge
CRAFT SPIRITS magazine and the American Craft Spirits Association are excited to introduce premium reader experiences with the launch of the V.I.P. Lounge.

While the digital-only magazine will continue to be available at no charge for regular subscribers, we are launching the V.I.P. Lounge to further support our cutting-edge features, business insights and entrepreneurial advice from and for the craft spirits community. For a modest fee, participants can now unlock value-added bonuses, like early access to magazine issues and a set of CRAFT SPIRITS-branded Glencairn glasses.

Will you join us in the V.I.P. Lounge?
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Du Nord Vodka to be Sold on Delta Flights
As in-flight beverage services slowly return to pre-pandemic levels, Delta is bringing Du Nord Social Spirits on board amid an effort to double its spending on Black-owned businesses by 2025, part of the company's larger diversity and equity initiative. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Join Us for Craft Spirits Live on Instagram
Join ACSA for Craft Spirits Live, our Instagram Live show highlighting producers of craft spirits. Send an email to if you would like to be featured.
Read the September Issue of CRAFT SPIRITS Magazine
In the latest issue of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine, we explore how craft distillers are embracing local ingredients to make vodkas that are anything but neutral; investigate a shortage of cans threatening the growth of ready-to-drink cocktail programs; check in with cocktail bars and restaurants as they navigate uncertainty; and much more.
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
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.)