Craft Spirits Weekly
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome to the 154th issue of Craft Spirits Weekly , a service dedicated to bringing you 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.
J. Henry & Sons Releases 10th Anniversary Blen d
J. Henry & Sons Bourbon of Dane, Wisconsin, recently released a 10th anniversary blend, the first of an annual release the distillery plans every December to celebrate its anniversary of making bourbon. J. Henry 2019 Anniversary Blend is a 126.56-proof blend of 5-to-9-year cask-strength whiskey. (CraftSpiritsMag.com)
Chemist Spirits Wins Double Gold in Women’s Wine and Spirits Awards
Chemist Spirits of Asheville, North Carolina, recently won honors at the most prominent wine and spirits competition in the world judged by women buyers—the Women’s Wine and Spirits Awards. (CraftSpiritsMag.com)
Westland Distillery to Fund Researcher at Washington State University
Improving the flavor of barley used to make whiskey and finding new varieties for farmers to grow are some of the goals of a new fellowship that will begin next summer at Washington State University’s Bread Lab west of Burlington. Bread Lab Director Stephen Jones said Seattle’s Westland Distillery, which makes single-malt whiskey, will fund a full-time Ph.D student at the Bread Lab for four years. (The Columbian)
Webinar: Spirits Category Trends: What’s Happening Now & What to Look Out for in 2020
As the year and the decade come to a beginning, Danny Brager, senior vice president of Nielsen Beverage Alcohol Practice, and Matthew Crompton, client solutions director of Nielsen CGA, will provide a deep dive into the key market trends driving all of the major spirits categories. Brager and Crompton will present the latest Nielsen CGA market intelligence, providing the facts and figures your business needs as you head into 2020. This is the must-attend webinar to help you close out the 2010s and plan for the years ahead. 

When : NEW DATE: Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, 12pm-1pm EST

Where : Online Webinar

Cost : $39 for members, $59 for non-members
The Bard Distillery Opens in Former School
The old Graham School now has new life, and a new purpose in Muhlenberg County. Now home to The Bard Distillery, it was a vision that Thomas and Kim Bard had five years ago when they bought it. (14News.com) 
Master The Art of Distilling
Ahead of ACSA's 7th Annual Distillers' Convention & Vendor Trade Show in Portland, Oregon, the following Master Classes will be offered. Take advantage of these pre-convention offerings to maximize your time and money in Portland. Click here or on the video above to learn more from ACSA Education Committee Co-Chairs Jake Holshue, Courtney McKee and Amber Pollock.

New Distillery Start-Up 101
In the beginning stages of planning your distillery? This overview will cover the basics of the industry including: finding a lender; creating a business plan; selecting your site, equipment, and material; safety and compliance; and sales and marketing.
Member Rate : $200;  Non-Member Rate : $350

Tasting and Sensory Class
This one-day course will start by examining the tasting biases that affect our judgements, and will also cover how to use tasting and sensory practices to ensure quality control, how to use barrels to target specific flavor development, and how to differentiate varieties and flavors of malt. 
Member Rate : $399;  Non-Member Rate : $699
Make Your Mark on ACSA's 7th Annual Convention & Vendor Trade Show
Give your brand a boost by becoming a sponsor for ACSA's 7th Annual Distillers' Convention & Vendor Trade Show March 29-31 in Portland, Oregon. A limited number of sponsorship opportunities, designed to maximize your marketing exposure, are still available. To learn more, contact Teresa McDaniel at 502.807.4249 or teresa@americancraftspirits.org .
Montana's Crawford Distillery Opens in New Location
Crawford Distillery of Havre, Montana, opens today at 3 p.m. in its new location at 336 Second St., the former VFW Club. "It's been a long time coming. We've been redoing this building now for about six months, we're ready and we're excited," said Alyssa Crawford, who owns the distillery with her husband, Neil. (Havre Daily News) 
Ranch Rider Spirits Releases Canned Cocktails
Ranch Rider Spirits Co. of Austin, Texas, is excited to announce its better-for-you canned tequila and vodka cocktails are officially available for purchase in select bars, restaurants, venues and independent liquor stores across Austin. The cocktails come in three Southwestern-inspired flavors: Ranch Water, Tequila Paloma and The Chilton. (CraftSpiritsMag.com) 
Examining the Crucial Role Yeast Play in Creating Distilled Spirits
In thinking about influences on flavor and aroma compounds in distilled spirits, most people look at ingredients such as grist or botanicals, barrels and aging, or even flavoring compounds. Very few would consider the art of fermentation as an important part of creating spirits. However, as many professional and hobby brewers know, fermentation plays a critical role in producing unique flavor and aroma compounds in beer and is also true of distilled spirits. ( Craft Spirits magazine) 
Have You Read the Latest Issue of Craft Spirits Magazine?
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