Craft Spirits Weekly
Welcome to the 220th 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's newsletter is sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co.
NFIB Opposes DtC Bills in Texas
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), which previously adhered to taking no action which would harm small businesses, recently opposed bills in favor of direct to consumer (DtC) shipping in Texas. (
SBA to Open Applications for Restaurant Revitalization Fund
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is administering the Restaurant Revitalization Fund and will soon begin accepting applications for a $28.6 billion government program which will provide funding to help distilleries and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. (
Appalachian Gap Distillery Achieves Climate Neutral Certification
In response to the urgency of the climate crisis, Appalachian Gap Distillery announced that it is officially Climate Neutral Certified. All of its brands—AppGap, Split Spirits, and Vermont Creemee Liqueurs—proudly share the certification. (
Honey Spirits Competition Registration Now Open
Registration for the National Honey Board’s free Honey Spirits Competition is open now through Friday, Aug. 27. The annual Honey Spirits Competition, hosted by the National Honey Board, recognizes the best spirits in the United States that use honey. (
Register Now for our Public Policy Conference
Join us for the American Craft Spirits Association and the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States' Virtual Public Policy Conference on May 25-26, 2021. While we are disappointed COVID-19 prevents an in-person visit again this year, we plan to offer the same opportunities that you have come to expect from our conference—to learn and share from one another and celebrate this great industry.

As part of the conference, craft distillers and suppliers will participate in virtual congressional visits with your home state legislators to discuss the extreme hardships craft distilleries are facing due to the impacts of COVID-19.

You can register for the May 25 and 26 free event and attend from the comfort of your home or distillery/office as it is VIRTUAL. 
Garrison Brothers Announces Second Release of Laguna Madre
Garrison Brothers Distillery announced that May 8 will be the release date of Laguna Madre, its rarest and most coveted Texas straight bourbon whiskey expression ever. To celebrate this 10-year project and very limited release, Garrison Brothers Distillery will host a drive-thru release event with the special bourbon to be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis at the distillery in Hye, Texas on May 8 beginning at 8 a.m. (
Next Century Spirits Appoints New COO and CSO
Next Century Spirits of Raleigh, North Carolina, announced the appointment of two leadership roles including the chief operating officer and chief strategy officer. (
California DtC Shipping Bill Pulled from Committee Agenda
A California state bill that would make direct to consumer (DtC) shipping of distilled spirits permanent was recently pulled from the committee agenda for further review, according to the California Artisanal Distillers Guild. (
Wilderness Trail Distillery Welcomes New VP
Wilderness Trail Distillery of Danville, Kentucky, named Len Landry as vice president of operations and engineering. Landry will have oversight and support of the daily operations of the Danville distillery, which includes all construction planning, new technology, special projects, and overall management of systems for growth. (
Craft Spirits Podcast: Rhonda Kallman of Boston Harbor Distillery
In the latest episode, Rhonda Kallman of Boston Harbor Distillery chats about the origins of her distillery, how Boston Harbor distinguishes itself in the growing American single malt whiskey category, and lessons learned from a career dedicated to craft beverages.
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Flavorman Celebrates 70,000 Beverage Formulations
Flavorman, a Louisville, Kentucky-based beverage development company, is proud to mark its 70,000th beverage formulation—essentially the “recipe” used to manufacture a commercial drink product. For the past 29 years, the beverage innovator has developed these custom formulations for brands big and small.(
Foundry Distilling Co., Arrogant Consortia Collaborate on Whiskey
West Des Moines, Iowa-based Foundry Distilling Co. has collaborated with Arrogant Consortia to distill the mash bill of Arrogant Bastard beer into a 97-proof American malt whiskey. (
Craft Spirits TV: Take a Flying Leap with White Sonora Wheat
Elgin, Arizona's Flying Leap Vineyards & Distillery president & CEO Mark Beres talks about making whiskey with the prized grain of the desert Southwest.
Oak & Eden Launches Anthro Series with Actor, Skier
Dallas-based Oak & Eden has embarked into unprecedented territory with the release of its latest product line, The Anthro Series, a revolving line of unique whiskeys crafted in collaboration with some of America’s most notable personalities, from actors to musicians to professional athletes.(
Access Assets to Advocate for DtC
ACSA has a collection of resources for guilds and distilleries to advocate for DtC changes, including a postcard to send to legislators, model guidelines necessary for elements of a model DtC bill, talking points and FAQs about DtC.
Join Us for Craft Spirits Live on Instagram
Join ACSA for Craft Spirits Live, our Instagram Live show. In each episode, a leading craft spirits producer invites us into their distillery for 30 minutes of engaging conversation and a virtual tour—as well as an opportunity to answer all of your burning questions.

April 28th: Jon Lawson and Tristan Mermin, St. Barts Spirit Company
May 5th: Chris Sywassink, Ghost Coast Distillery
May 12th: Hilary Mann, Up North Distillery
May 19th: TBA
May 26th: No Craft Spirits Live

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Got a question? ACSA's got the answer.
In these challenging times, seek advice and lend your knowledge in ACSA's online forums. Our main forum topics include crisis management, services, TTB, safety, technical, equipment & materials, legislation, business and marketplace.
Read the Latest Issue of CRAFT SPIRITS Magazine
The American Craft Spirits Association proudly presents the March 2021 issue of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine. Our cover story is an oral history on the long journey to permanent federal excise tax (FET) relief, a victory more than a decade in the making for American craft spirits makers.

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