Craft Spirits Weekly
Welcome to the 279th 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.

This week, we're focusing on new releases from Koloa Rum Co., Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, FEW Spirits and more.
COUNTDOWN TO CONVENTION
Online Registration Closes in 15 Days
ACSA'S 9th Annual Distillers' Convention and Vendor Trade Show in New Orleans is less than one month away! Visit our website to register online until July 8; see the full convention schedule; learn more about pre-convention education; sign up for distillery tours; book your hotel room by June 24; and download our app.
NEED TO KNOW
Koloa Rum Co. Introduces Sparkling Hawaiian Rum Canned Cocktails
Koloa Rum Co. of Kalaheo, Kauai, Hawaii, announced the launch of Sparkling Hawaiian Rum Canned Cocktails—the distillery’s latest ready-to-drink product line. (CraftSpiritsMag.com)
Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery Releases Premium Whiskey Brand, Nelson Brothers
Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery of Nashville, Tennessee, announced the launch of Nelson Brothers, a new line of whiskeys debuting with two releases, Nelson Brothers Classic Bourbon and Nelson Brothers Reserve Bourbon. (CraftSpiritsMag.com)
FEW Spirits, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Collaborate on Motor Oil Whiskey
FEW Spirits of Evanston, Illinois, announced the release of Motor Oil Whiskey, a new, limited-release collaboration between FEW Spirits founder and master distiller Paul Hletko and modern rock icons Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. (CraftSpiritsMag.com)
REGISTER FOR UPCOMING EVENTS
August


Based on member feedback, ACSA is using OSHA grant funds to create a one-day, in-person course on fire protection and prevention, customized to address the needs of craft distillers, and presented by Industrial Safety and Training Services at Watershed Distillery in Columbus, Ohio. Only a few spots remain!
September


Join us as we meet virtually with officials from Capitol Hill and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau before setting off for virtual Congressional meetings.
LISTEN NOW
The Craft Spirits Podcast: Matt Vogl
Our latest guest on The Craft Spirits Podcast is Matt Vogl, the executive director and co-founder of the National Mental Health Innovation Center at the University of Colorado, and the keynote speaker at ACSA’s 9th Annual Distillers’ Convention and Vendor Trade Show in New Orleans this July 21. The title for his keynote is Distilling Better Mental Health & Crafting Support in Volatile Times.
IN THE KNOW
Watershed Distillery to Host First-Ever Evening Four Peel Fest

The fourth annual Four Peel Fest, an evening block party and celebration of all things Four Peel Gin, is scheduled for July 16 at Watershed Distillery.
Tropical Distillers Launches J.F. Haden’s Espresso Liqueur

Miami-based company Tropical Distillers is expanding their brand portfolio with the launch of J.F. Haden’s Espresso Liqueur, their third spirit to market.
Covered Bridges Whiskey Co. Releases Pigeon River Whiskey

The Covered Bridges Whiskey Co. (TCBWC) has announced the release of its new Tennessee Whiskey, Pigeon River—the Tennessee complement to TCBWC’s Kentucky Whiskey brand Ruddell’s Mill, that released its Kentucky Bourbon and Rye last year.
Boardroom Spirits Tweaks Seasonal RTD Cocktail Lineup

Boardroom Spirits of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, is reintroducing three of their anticipated 750-mL ready-to-drink (RTD) bottled cocktails that are perfect for summertime entertaining and sipping.
CRAFT SPIRITS MAGAZINE
Crack Open the May/June Issue of CRAFT SPIRITS Magazine
The May/June issue of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine is here, and our cover story examines the skyrocketing popularity of spirits-based ready-to-drink cocktails. This issue also features stories about creative packaging, smart branding, e-commerce solutions and more!
Join Us In The V.I.P. Lounge and Hang Out with Lisa Laird Dunn
Our V.I.P. Lounge members receive each issue of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine one week early, and our $40- and $60-per-year supporters are invited to join craft spirits icons for virtual happy hours. To unlock additional bonuses, like a set of CRAFT SPIRITS-branded Glencairn glasses, join us in the V.I.P. Lounge today.
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.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
STEPUP Foundation Now Accepting New Applications
The STEPUP Foundation is now accepting applications for 2023 interns, mentors, DSPs, and wholesalers from June 1 through Sept. 1, 2022.

STEPUP stands for Spirits Training Entrepreneurship Program for Underrepresented Professionals and its purpose is to increase talent through the facilitation of workplace diversity. Specifically, STEPUP, working with distilleries and wholesalers throughout the United States, provides a comprehensive, hands-on training program with a living stipend and provides job exposure for those of different races, color, national origins, genders and sexual orientations.

ACSA Starts Facebook Group for Voting Members
In an effort to use the platforms that you most often use, ACSA started a private Facebook group for voting members only (open to all employees of member DSPs). The group will be an environment to not only ask questions without judgement, but to provide input and feedback to colleagues based upon members’ experiences and best practices. If you would like to be added to the group, please send an email to carason@americancraftspirits.org.
The ACSA PAC Needs Your Support
ACSA’s public policy advocacy on behalf of its members is critical to making sure our community’s voice is heard on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures. A crucial piece of this strategy is a strong Political Action Committee (PAC) and to maintain this presence, we need your support, particularly during a mid-term election year.
 
The easiest way to engage and learn more is to go to our website and log in to ACSA. 
 
Should you have any questions about ACSA’s PAC, or ACSA’s public policy initiatives, please write to acsapac@americancraftspirits.org.
THANK YOU, SPONSORS!
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!
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.)