Vol. 337

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
  • Hawaiian distillers supporting Maui in the aftermath of deadly wildfires
  • New releases from Root Shoot Spirits, Sugarlands Distilling Co. and others
  • 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 margie@americancraftspirits.org.

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Hawaiian Distillers Rally to Support Maui

In the immediate aftermath of a deadly wildfire that destroyed the town of Lahaina in Maui, the owner of Kula-based Ocean Organic Farm & Distillery released a statement expressing grief over the tragedy.

This week, Koloa Rum Co. announced it is hosting a benefit event on Saturday, Aug. 26. In support of those impacted by the wildfire, Koloa Rum will donate 100% of sales from its Company Store to Maui Strong

Colorado Maltsters at Root Shoot Release American Single Malt Whiskey

Loveland, Colorado-based Root Shoot Malting is excited to announce the release of its first, completely locally resourced spirit. (CRAFT SPIRITS magazine)

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Eggo and Sugarlands Distilling Co. Launch Brunch in a Jar

Just in time for National Waffle Day, the waffle experts at Eggo and spirit specialists from Sugarlands Distilling Co. are pairing up again to bring brunching up a notch with their latest boozy innovation: Eggo Brunch in a Jar Sippin’ Cream. (CRAFT SPIRITS magazine)

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Iron Fish Marks Seven Years with Special Release of Mad Angler Whiskeys

To mark its seventh year, Iron Fish Distillery of Thompsonville, Michigan, will re-release the Mad Angler Bourbon, Rye and Bottled in Bond estate whiskies and celebrate completion of a major commitment to triple production capacity of its estate whiskey. (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.

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The Koetter Group and The Spirits Group Announce Joint Venture: The Blending House

The Koetter Group of Floyds Knobs, Indiana, and The Spirits Group of Louisville, Kentucky announce their collaboration on The Blending House development, a 108-acre project in Shelby County, Kentucky. (CRAFT SPIRITS magazine)

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Copperworks Unveils Single Malt Whiskey Matured in Manzanilla Cask

Some people return with trinkets from a trip abroad. In the case of Copperworks Distilling Co. president and co-founder Jason Parker, he returned with plans for Spanish sherry casks to be shipped overseas to his Seattle waterfront distillery. (CRAFT SPIRITS magazine)

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TTB Upcoming System Maintenance

TTB.gov access will be unavailable Friday, August 18, from 8 p.m. ET until Saturday, August 19 at 3 p.m. The public website, TTB.gov, will be unavailable to all users and visitors during this maintenance window.

Please note: This maintenance does not affect TTBOnline.gov applications (COLAs Online, COLA Public Registry, Formulas Online, and Permits Online; and my.ttb.gov (Foreign Producer & CBMA Claims Modules)). However, Permits Online is scheduled for system maintenance on Friday, August 18 at 8 p.m. until Saturday, August 19 at 12 p.m. ET. 

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Gina Holman of J. Carver Distillery

Our latest guest on The Craft Spirits Podcast is ACSA’s president Gina Holman. She is also a founding partner of J. Carver Distillery in Waconia, Minnesota; an ISG certified sommelier; and the vice president of the Minnesota Distillers Guild.

In this episode, Holman discusses her start in the spirits industry, the origins of J. Carver Distillery, the evolution of American craft spirits, her priorities as president of ACSA, what drives her to volunteer, and much more.

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Celebrating National Rum Day

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, and on Wednesday, Aug. 16, we celebrated National Rum Day. If you have new rum releases to announce or have a rum-focused cocktail you'd like us to share, please send a note to news@americancraftspirits.org.

We also invite you to read a cover story from our archives about sustainability and social awareness in the craft rum business. You can also check out recent news about rum on our website.

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Heartland Whiskey Competition Medalists to be Announced Soon

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.

Medalists will be announced at the end of August.



Hye, Texas-based Garrison Brothers is proud to announce the inaugural Hye Fashioned Takeover.

Shelbyville, Tennessee-based Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey announces the release of its newest commercial, “My Sugar Baby.” 

A new woman-owned spirits brand and four inaugural offerings have entered the market under the name of Highline Spirits.

Los Angeles-based Wolves Whiskey announces a limited allocation of Lot Two, the second American Single Malt release under the brand’s Malted Barley Series banner.

Mary Dowling Whiskey Co., a new Kentucky bourbon brand, announced the debut of its premiere whiskey lineup.

Great Jones Distilling Co. of Manhattan announces the release of three exclusive bottles featuring the artwork of Jean-Michel Basquiat.


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.

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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 news@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.)