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.
Help ACSA and Take a Quick Survey About Foreign Trade Barriers
Recently, the United States Trade Representative asked for feedback on significant foreign trade barriers to be considered as it drafts a National Trade Estimate Report. If you currently export spirits outside the United States, please click here or below to take our one-question survey so the American Craft Spirits Association can include your feedback in its comments to the USTR. Please complete the survey by Friday, Oct. 8.
Distillers Collaborate on Good Deeds Whiskey to Benefit ACSA’s STEPUP
Good Deeds Spirits is proud to announce its first-ever release, Good Deeds Malt Whiskey, a malt whiskey blend from nine leading craft whiskey producers. This 1,000 bottle release will be sold via Seelbachs on October 15, with 100% of proceeds to benefit STEPUP Foundation, the diversity and inclusion initiative founded by the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA). STEPUP is seeking its initial round of applications from interns, distilleries and mentors until Friday, Oct. 8. (
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 no later than Oct. 12.
Milam & Greene Releases Distillery Edition Batch 2 Straight Bourbon
Milam & Greene Whiskey is releasing its extremely limited-edition Distillery Edition Batch 2 Straight Bourbon Whiskey, a Certified Texas Whiskey produced in Blanco, Texas.  (
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. 8.
Wigle Whiskey Releases Limited Edition Werewolf Bourbon
Pittsburgh-based Wigle Whiskey announced the release of Werewolf Bourbon, a limited-edition spirit powered by the moon. (
Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream Launches Spiked Coffee Cocktails
Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream, a spirit brand of Nashville, Tennessee-based Pennington Distilling Co., announced the launch of a new product—Whisper Creek Spiked Coffee cocktails. (
12th Hawaii Distiller Wins Best in Show at Honey Spirits Competition
A whiskey spirit distilled four times with Hawaiian honey and whiskey yeast won Best in Show honors at the National Honey Board’s fourth annual Honey Spirits Competition. The Kailua-Kona, HI-based 12th Hawaii Distiller was one of more than 70 entrants into the annual competition that recognizes the best spirits in the United States that use honey either as a sweetener, flavor or distillate. (
Du Nord, Delta Air Lines Announce Partnership
Minneapolis-based Du Nord Social Spirits recently announced that it will partner with Delta Air Lines as an in-flight beverage supplier. (
Big Thirst Announces Launch of E-Commerce Platform
Big Thirst, a complete e-commerce platform that accelerates sales of alcohol for spirits brands and distilleries, has announced its launch. (
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.
Distillery 291 Announces Special Releases for Fall, Holidays
Just in time for whiskey weather and gift-giving season, 291 Colorado Whiskey of Colorado Springs, Colorado, announces the return of three unique whiskeys: 291 Bad Guy Colorado Whiskey, 291 HR (High Rye) Colorado Bourbon Whiskey and 291 Colorado M (Maple) Whiskey. (
Widow Jane’s Decadence Bourbon Returns for Fall
Widow Jane Distillery of Brooklyn, New York, this week announced that Decadence, the brand’s signature 10-year bourbon blended in small batches and then finished in American Oak Barrels that held Upstate New York’s Crown Maple artisan maple syrup, will return to retail shelves and back bars across the U.S. beginning in October. (
Riverbend Malt House Debuts Sunset Wheat Malt
Just in time for autumn, Riverbend Malt House of Asheville, North Carolina, welcomes a new sunset-hued malt variety into its portfolio. Sunset Wheat Malt is now available for purchase by brewers and distillers across the Southeast. (
Oak & Eden Re-releases Bourbon & Vine
Dallas-based Oak & Eden has announced the re-release of its eight-time gold medalist, Bourbon & Vine—a Cabernet Sauvignon infused bourbon. (
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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Pratt Standard Cocktail Co. to Release Agave Spice Old Fashioned Syrup
Washington, D.C.-based Pratt Standard Cocktail Co. is excited to launch its Agave Spice Old Fashioned syrup on Oct. 11. (
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.
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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.)