Vol. 338

From the editors of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine, Craft Spirits Weekly is produced by the American Craft Spirits Association for its members. Not a member? Join our community of craft spirits producers.

This week, we're focusing on:

  • Your participation in the Craft Spirits Data Project
  • New releases from Garrison Brothers, Westward Whiskey and Copperworks Distilling Co.
  • And much more!


Help Us Tell Your Story: Complete the Craft Spirits Data Project Survey

If you are a distillery owner and/or operator, we need your assistance to complete the 2023 Craft Spirits Data Project!

The results from this annual study—brought to you in conjunction with our valued partner, Park Street—help us share your success and struggles with:

  • Members of Congress
  • The media
  • Financial institutions
  • Guilds and more

But we can't do it without you. We need your help to know what economic health is today compared to last year.

Please complete this survey as soon as possible, or share this link with those within your distillery who best understand and have access to the state of the economics of running your business. As always, the information is reported out in the aggregate, so your privacy will be secure. 

If you have questions, please contact ACSA's CEO at [email protected].

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Garrison Brothers Announces Cowboy Bourbon 2023

Garrison Brothers, Texas’ first legal bourbon distillery, will release the 2023 Cowboy Bourbon on Saturday September 23, at its annual distillery event in Hye, Texas. (CRAFT SPIRITS magazine)

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Westward Whiskey Introduces Sourdough Whiskey Collab with James Beard Award Winner

Portland, Oregon-based Westward Whiskey, an elevated American whiskey, introduces its third club release of the year, Westward x Ken’s Artisan Sourdough Whiskey – 2023 Vintage Blend.  (CRAFT SPIRITS magazine)

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Copperworks Distilling Co. Releases Plum Gin, 2022 Harvest

Available now for purchase at the distillery and in the online store, Copperworks Plum Gin, 2022 Harvest, was crafted from 1,400 pounds of locally grown Italian Prune plums from the 2022 harvest that macerated in Copperworks’ Small Batch Gin for approximately nine months. (CRAFT SPIRITS magazine)

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STEPUP Applications Due Sept. 15

STEPUP (Spirits Training Entrepreneurship Program for Underrepresented Professionals) provides underserved and underrepresented individuals with hands-on training and education, encouragement and opportunities to enter the spirits community through a comprehensive internship program like no other in the alcohol beverage industry.

Working with distilleries and wholesalers throughout the United States, STEPUP provides a comprehensive, hands-on training program with a living stipend and provides job exposure for those of different races, color, national origins, abilities, genders and sexual orientations.

Do you want to help us diversify the spirits industry? Are you willing to open your doors to an inquisitive learner from an underrepresented community? Become a Host Distillery or Wholesaler! 

Do you often listen to your friends and colleagues and offer advice? Are you a natural at providing encouragement? Become a Mentor! 

Are you or do you know an underrepresented person who is passionate about the spirits industry, but doesn’t know where to start? Become an Intern!

Still wondering whether this opportunity is a good fit for you? Check out these testimonial videos from those already immersed in the program as DSPs or mentors.

If you or someone you know might be a good fit as an intern, mentor, host DSP or wholesaler, please apply TODAY at stepupinternship.org. The deadline for applications is Sept. 15.

Apply Now

Fast Penny Spirits Partners with Black Girl Ventures for Pretty Penny Giveback

Seattle-based Fast Penny Spirits, makers of Amaricano Rossa and Amaricano Bianca, are partnering with Black Girl Ventures for their third quarter Pretty Penny program. (CRAFT SPIRITS magazine)

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Sagamore Spirit Partners with Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore Ravens fans have a new reason—and drink—to celebrate the season: Sagamore Spirit announced its new designation as proud partner of the Baltimore Ravens. (CRAFT SPIRITS magazine)

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Heartland Whiskey Competition Medalists to be Announced Soon

This year ACSA is marking its 10th anniversary, and each month we're celebrating with a new initiative. Later this month, we'll announce the medalists in the Heartland Whiskey Competition. Recently,16 judges headed to StilL 630 in St. Louis to evaluate nearly 200 spirits from 70 distilleries in the Fourth Biennial Heartland Whiskey Competition. ACSA once again facilitated the competition, which is sponsored by 21 state corn marketing associations, to recognize whiskeys that include corn as an ingredient.

We extend our gratitude to all of the judges, the state corn marketing associations, StilL 630 for generously hosting and Stumpy's Spirits Distillery for its support.



J.F. Haden’s Craft Liqueurs proudly presents the Show Your Flavor Cocktail Competition.

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation is pleased to report the smashing success of its 21st annual cocktail conference, Tales of the Cocktail.

Los Angeles-based Filmland Spirits announces the debut of two new American whiskeys.

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced B.H. James Distillers in Logan County as the newest member of the nonprofit trade group.

Indianapolis-based Mom Water recently announced the promotion of two executive leaders.

Georgetown, Kentucky-based Blue Run Spirits announced Trifecta—the company’s first three-age Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. 


ACSA Launches 'Starting a Distillery' E-book

We are thrilled to announce that our e-book, "The ACSA Guide to Starting and Operating a Distillery," is now available!

The peer-reviewed guide is a comprehensive compendium of expert insights detailing all of the tools and techniques that new distilleries need to get their businesses up and running and help ensure a prosperous future.

The e-book also serves as:

  • A textbook for craft spirits producers in their first one to three years in operation
  • An invaluable resource for onboarding new members of your team
  • A reference for existing staff to gain a more holistic view of how a distillery operates

ACSA members, please note that you must be logged in to our website to receive discounted pricing.

Get Your Copy

Read the Latest Issue of CRAFT SPIRITS Magazine

The July/August issue of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine explores current barrel supply challenges, alternative packaging, cold-peated whiskey and much more. It also offers an exclusive excerpt from the new e-book, "The ACSA Guide to Starting and Operating a Distillery," as well as the latest SipSource whiskey volume figures in Data Distilled.

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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 [email protected].

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.)