Craft Spirits Weekly
Welcome to the 156th 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.
USA Today Names Kansas City's J. Rieger One of Best New U.S. Attractions
Kansas City distillery J. Rieger & Co. has been named one of the country’s Best New Attractions. A panel of experts partnered with USA Today /10Best editors to nominate the Top 20, and the Top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. J Rieger & Co. placed fifth in the overall standing, and was the only alcohol producer in the country to make the distinguished list. (CraftSpiritsMag.com)
J. Carver Distillery Launches Aquavit
They don’t make tequila and they don’t make rum, but after years of development J. Carver Distillery of Waconia, Minnesota, is proud to announce that J. Carver Aquavit will soon be available on store shelves and in cocktail bars across Minnesota. (CraftSpiritsMag.com)
Lonerider Spirits Enters Virginia
Lonerider Spirits of Holly Springs, North Carolina, has expanded the footprint of its whiskey mule RTD to include an initial launch into 100 ABC stores in Virginia in 2020. The ginger and lime whiskey mule comes in a 4-pack of 12 oz. cans and the ABV is 7%. (CraftSpiritsMag.com)
LibDib Expands to Florida
LibDib this week announced that the company is now a licensed wholesale alcohol distributor in the state of Florida. LibDib has opened the market to any and all wine and spirits producers looking for distribution in the state. In addition, Florida restaurants, bars and retailers now have access to new and emerging brands via LibDib’s online platform. (CraftSpiritsMag.com) 
Virginia Spirits Roadshow Announces Full 2020 Schedule
The Virginia Distillers Association has announced the dates for the 2020 editions of the Virginia Spirits Roadshow. The first of those is this Saturday, January 18 at the Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery in Hampton, Virginia 12 to 5 p.m. (CraftSpiritsMag.com)
Webinar: Spirits Category Trends: What’s Happening Now & What to Look Out for in 2020
As a new decade begins, 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 : Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, 12pm-1pm EST

Where : Online Webinar

Cost : $39 for members, $59 for non-members
Chemist Spirits Releases Navy Strength Gin
Is it possible to overproof gin? It is and Chemist Spirits of Asheville, North Carolina, has—deliciously. The distillery’s newest release, Navy Strength Gin, is a throwback to this historic and storied variety of gin, offering proof that ‘overproof’ varieties of gin are alive and well. (CraftSpiritsMag.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 .
Tenjaku Japanese Whisky Makes U.S. Debut
In a category that has been experiencing explosive growth and highly publicized shortages, Tenjaku Japanese Whisky announces its entry into the U.S. market.  The 80-proof whisky carries a suggested retail price of $39.99. (CraftSpiritsMag.com) 
Craft Spirits TV: One Eight Distilling's Bottled-in-Bond Birthday
In the latest episode of Craft Spirits TV, we crash Washington, D.C.-based One Eight Distilling's 5th birthday party and grab a bottle of the distillery's District Made Bottled in Bond Rye Whiskey.
A Winning Combination
A growing number of stadiums and arenas are pouring craft spirits. ( Craft Spirits magazine) 
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