Vol. 298

From the editors of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine, Craft Spirits Weekly is produced by the American Craft Spirits Association for its members. Not a member? Click here to join.

This week, we're focusing on acquisitions of Balcones Distilling and Wilderness Trail Distillery; free registration for an upcoming discussion about the midterm elections; a new release from Eight Oaks Farm Distillery; and more!


Register Now for Our 10th Anniversary Distillers' Convention and Vendor

Trade Show

We are thrilled to announce that registration is now open for ACSA's 10th Anniversary Distillers' Convention and Vendor Trade Show! Whether you need a pick-me-up, fresh ideas to distribute your product, a technical boost, or simply want to reward your team while also benefiting your business, we've got it all covered! As we celebrate 10 years of ACSA, you'll enjoy new social and networking events with opportunities to meet new and old friends Feb. 10-12 in Portland, Oregon.

Attendee Early Bird Rates (Until Nov. 18, 2022)

Members*: $625

Additional Members: $425

Non-Members: $825

Additional Non-Members: $475

Attendee Regular Rates (Starting Nov. 19, 2022)

Members: $650

Additional Members: $450

Non-Members: $875

Additional Non-Members: $625

Attendee Late Riser Rates (Starting Jan. 15, 2023)

Members: $695

Non-Members: $895

*ACSA members must be logged into ACSA's website to receive discounted attendee pricing. If you have trouble logging into your ACSA account please email membership@americancraftspirits.org.

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Join Us Nov. 10 for a Special Discussion with a Leading National Pollster: The Midterm Elections, Impact on Your Business, and What Message Did Voters Send to Policymakers

What: Understanding the Midterm Elections

When: Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. ET

Where: Via Zoom

Special Guest: Dr. Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion

Election day is Nov. 8, and to help us understand the results and how they will impact your small businesses, please join us for a Zoom call on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m. ET with Dr. Lee Miringoff, the director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. Dr. Miringoff will offer analysis on the election, followed by a Q&A with ACSA CEO Margie A.S. Lehrman. The call is open to anyone. Click here to register.

Dr. Miringoff received his Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the former President of the National Council of Public Polls (NCPP) and a current member of the Board of Trustees. He is also a trustee of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. Dr. Miringoff is a frequent commentator on politics and elections and is often quoted in print and digital media. He has appeared regularly on television and radio as an expert on public opinion, politics, and polling. He frequently blogs and tweets on these topics as well.


The Marist Institute for Public Opinion (MIPO) is a survey research center at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Founded in 1978, MIPO is home to the Marist Poll and regularly measures public opinion at the local, state, and national level. The Marist Poll is highly respected and is often cited by journalists and analysts around the globe.

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Diageo Acquires Balcones Distilling

Diageo announced it has acquired Waco, Texas-based Balcones Distilling, one of the leading producers of American single malt whisky in the United States. (CRAFT SPIRITS magazine)

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Campari Group to Acquire Wilderness Trail Distillery for $600 Million

Campari Group this week announced that it is buying a majority stake in Danville, Kentucky-based Wilderness Trail Distillery. (CRAFT SPIRITS magazine)

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Eight Oaks Releases Veterans Cut Bottled-In-Bond Bourbon

Earlier this week, Eight Oaks Farm Distillery of New Tripoli, Pennsylvania, released a new batch of their popular Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon, Veterans Cut. (CRAFT SPIRITS magazine)

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Canned RTD Production

Do you produce canned RTDs? Please help us by sending an email to news@americancraftspirits.org and answering these two quick questions:

  • How many cans per minute are you typically able to fill?
  • How many cases of canned RTDs do you produce/have the capacity to produce in one year?

Your responses will be confidential.

George Dickel, Leopold Bros. Announce Return of Rye Whiskey Collaboration

Following the success of the inaugural release, George Dickel and Leopold Bros. are excited to announce the return of their collaboration blend. (CRAFT SPIRITS magazine)

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Please Update Your ACSA Contact Information

As we move into our 10th year, we continue to work diligently on your behalf to advocate, educate and connect you to others in our craft spirits community. In the coming weeks, we will be sending a gift as a small token of appreciation for being part of this special community and for your support. However, you will only receive this special and exclusive treat if you update your company and contact name, mailing address and mobile phone number.


To ensure that you stay informed and on top of emerging issues and receive our information and materials in a timely and efficient manner, we ask that you please take a minute to go to this link to update your contact information.


Please be sure to update your information by Nov. 30 to receive this premium gift.


We are excited about celebrating 10 years of service to our members and encourage you to join us by participating in our events for the rest of this year and into 2023.


Minneapolis-based Tattersall Distilling announced the launch of Toasted Coconut Aquavit.

Wyoming Whiskey of Kirby, Wyoming, announces this year’s annual and limited release offerings.

GlenPharmer Distillery of Franklin, Massachusetts, will add to its portfolio with the launch of a limited-edition American Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

Indianapolis-based Mom Water announced the launch of its first limited edition flavor, Cranberry Lime, named Carol.


Christian and Blake Huber of Starlight Distillery

Our latest guests on The Craft Spirits Podcast are Christian and Blake Huber of Starlight Distillery and Huber’s Orchard and Winery. The brothers are seventh-generation members of their family farm in Borden, Indiana. In July, the distillery’s Carl T. Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey earned best of whiskey and best in show at ACSA’s 9th annual Judging of Craft Spirits. In this episode, Christian and Blake discuss Starlight’s single barrel program; how making wine influences Starlight’s whiskey production; and growing up around the craft spirits industry. 

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Read the New Issue of CRAFT SPIRITS Magazine

The September/October issue of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine is here, and our cover story examines how some sectors of retail need to catch up to meet the demand for craft gin. This issue also features stories about brand extensions, formula matters, distilling in Maine and more.

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Join Us In The V.I.P. Lounge

Our V.I.P. Lounge members receive each issue of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine one week early, and our $40- and $60-per-year supporters are invited to virtual meet-and-greets with craft spirits icons. To unlock additional bonuses, like a set of CRAFT SPIRITS-branded Glencairn glasses, join us in the V.I.P. Lounge today.

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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.


Members: Download Updated ACSA Member Logos

Show your pride for the American Craft Spirits Association on your website and more with our updated member logos!

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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 jon@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.
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!
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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.)