House opens its panoramic bar on the rooftop terrace of the G_tebourse Tower in Cognac.
The House of Martell opens its panoramic bar on the rooftop terrace of the G√Ętebourse Tower in Cognac, France. Read more.

New Releases,
Events & Milestones
ADI Webinar: WATER
Hiding in Plain Sight
Shawn Patterson_ CEO _Good Libations
Shawn Patterson, CEO of 
Good Libations

August 15, 2018 11:00 AM (Pacific Time)
Water, the primary ingredient in all distilled spirits, may be the least appreciated and undervalued of all ingredients. It has been observed that using a variety of waters to proof the same distilled spirit can change in the chemical composition of the aldehydes and ketones...  More info. 

ADI Hands-on Workshop:
Blending, Maturation, & Warehousing Workshop
Nancy Fraley teaching a workshop at Ironroot Distillery in Texas

Friday, December 7 - Sunday Dec. 9, 2018
Ironroot Republic Distilling - Denison, TX
Instructor: Nancy Fraley, Nosing Services

Early bird price ends on Labor Day *

Craft Distilling Expo 2018 
London Craft Distilling Expo logo

The 2018 Craft Distilling Expo will take place in London at The Boiler House Brick Lane on the September 26 + 27, 2018
images from 2017 London Expo
BevCon Los Angeles:
August 19-21, 2018
BevCon Los Angeles logo with palm trees

Sommeliers, Bartenders, Media, and Beverage Makers together in an intimate setting.   
More info.

Bittercube Bitters launches product line, Heirloom Liqueurs 
Heirloom Liqueurs Alchermes

MILWAUKEE, WI (July 2018) - Bittercube Bitters, the nationally recognized line of slow-crafted artisanal bitters, which has garnered praise in the cocktail industry for nearly a decade, has announced the launch of a new brand, Heirloom Liqueurs  
Pine Bluffs Distilling's Rock Ranch Vodka & Rusted Ring White Whiskey going national 
Pine Bluffs Vodka and Whiskey

Pine Bluffs, WY (July 26, 2018) - Pine Bluffs Distilling's Rock Ranch Vodka and Rusted Ring White Whiskey will soon be available in five states in addition to Wyoming, the distillery announced.  Read more.
Vikre Distillery releases Bent Paddle Black Malt Whiskey 
Bent Paddle Black Malt Whiskey

The name is a mouthful, and the whiskey itself is a mouthful! We distilled Bent Paddle Black Ale, aged it in new American oak casks, and now it's a whiskey.    Read more.
Murray's Fools serving craft spirits at 4th annual Adirondack Craft Beverage Festival 
Sarah and Randall Beach_ owners of Murray_s Fools Distilling

Sarah and Randall Beach, owners of Murray's Fools Distilling, will showcase their locally-sourced vodka, apple brandy and whiskey at the upcoming Adirondack Craft Beverage Festival Aug. 4   Read more.
New Riff Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey released 
New Riff Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

The long- awaited release of our Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, goes on sale exclusively in our Distillery shop, August 1st, at noon. We have been patiently aging these barrels for four years, and now it's time to enjoy!    More Info.
Popi's Finest Rum: now part of the MISCellaneous family 
MISCellaneous  Distillery_s Popi_s Finest Rum

We are proud to introduce the next member of the MISCellaneous family... Popi's Finest Rum.

Tasting notes for this barrel-aged rum include salted caramel and dark chocolate, with a rounded mouth feel and a slightly herbal finish. 
  Read more.
Townshend's Distillery spirits are now shipping to 33 states 
Townshend_s Distillery spirits

We're excited to announce that our full line of botanical spirits is now available to ship to 33 states through Seelbach's online distribution.    Read more.
Wayward Distillation House's Drunken Hive Rum release 
Wayward Distillation House_s Drunken Hive Rum

Drunken Hive Rum was awarded the coveted title of Audience Favourite at BC Distilled, as well as silver at the Canadian Artisan Spirits Competition. Drunken Hive Rum will be released to the public on the 3rd of August   Read more.
Montanya Distillers Releases Volume 2 in its Elevated Cocktails Series
Elevated Cocktails_volumne 2
This new book shares more than twenty additional cocktail recipes, including hot cocktails, alongside breathtaking photos from Montanya's home state of Colorado.    Read more.
TTB News
New in Permits Online v5.0   
Permits Online v5.0 was launched on July 31, 2018. The improvements we made will simplify your experience in submitting new applications and make it easier to maintain and update your TTB permits, registrations, and notices.  More info.

Using TTB's Public COLA Registry to search certificates of label approval (COLA)  TTB logo  
Want to search for approved labels? Need to know more about TTB's Public COLA Registry? The Public COLA Registry should not be confused with COLAs Online. There is a difference. COLAs Online is TTB's system for the submission and review of COLAs.  More info.

Summer issue of Distiller magazine on newsstands
summer issue of Distiller magazine

Distiller is available at 400 retail locations including Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and various newsstands. Contact us for copies for your tasting room or gift shop.
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ADI map of distilleries 
Map of distilleries.
Be sure that your distillery is listed; if not,  add your distillery here.

Latest Edition of Nano Distilling book now on Amazon
The Nano Distillery book cover

The Nano Distillery: The Future of Distilling
Compiled by Bill Owens, Edited by Brad Plummer and Andrew Faulkner.
The Nano Distillery is a compilation of how-to chapters and real-life experiences of distillers who successfully produce quality spirits on a small scale.  Read more.

ADI's Certification Program now has 3,522 spirits listed!

View the stats here.
Apply today  and join the 742 micro-distilleries who are truly  craft.
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We'll be in your inbox next Wednesday, 8/8, then back again Wednesday, 8/22/2018.
Global whiskey industry leaders unite to denounce tariffs 
By Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Top global whiskey associations put aside their marketplace competition [last] Thursday to show a united front in denouncing tariffs and urging world leaders to end their disputes before trade wars start siphoning global sales of distilled spirits.

After two days of talks, representatives of nine global distilled spirits organizations meeting in Kentucky signed a resolution urging the "prompt removal" of recent tariffs. American whiskey makers have become caught in the middle of disputes, with tariffs slapped on their products and other goods in trade conflicts pitting the U.S. against key allies. 
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MGP Reduces Minimum Order for Custom Mash Bills 
New 250 barrel-minimum supports customers' product development
MGP Lawrenceburg Barrel Rack House
ATCHISON, KAN., July 25, 2018 - Craft distillers who want to explore or launch new brands now have additional support from MGP. The company has reduced its minimum order for proprietary mash bills to 250 barrels from the previous 1,000-barrel requirement, said MGP Vice President of Alcohol Sales and Marketing David Dykstra. 
In addition to lowering the minimum order, MGP will allow customers to "pool" orders with other distillers to fulfill the 250-barrel requirement. "Offering this additional flexibility to customers is yet another way that MGP helps develop exceptional brands, whether our experts are creating a new mash bill or providing an existing mash bill ready for a...  Read more.

Jim Beam Distiller Marlene Holmes goes craft spirits route with move to Ben Milam whiskey distillery 
By Distillery Trail
Marsha Milam_ founder of Ben Milam Whiskey with   Marlene Holmes. Distillery Trail photo

Ben Milam Whiskey Distillery, a brand named for the founder's first cousin, six times removed and a hero of the Texas Revolution has hired a Kentuckian to take on the role of Head Distiller. Ben Milam Whiskey of Blanco, Texas, has hired former Jim Beam distiller, Marlene Holmes.

The announcement was made by Marsha Milam, founder of Ben Milam Whiskey, whose passion, pride and commitment to her product is in part what inspired Holmes to pursue the position. She joined the team just last month after retiring from Jim Beam, and while she was looking to continue her career in the bourbon business, she never...  Read more

Mother and daughter duo display the beauty of entrepreneurship, family, farming, and bourbon 
Industry Interview by Ted Hissey, Thoroughbred Spirits Consultants
Joyce and Autumn Nethery of Jeptha Creed Distillery
Ted: Joyce, thanks for taking the time for this interview. My first question is how did this all happen? When did your family decide to open a distillery and what was the original inspiration that drove it?

Joyce: Well, the idea really originated with my husband. He wanted to build a distillery. And at the time he started talking about this, I thought he was crazy. Well, as a little bit of background, my background is in chemical engineering and I have a master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Louisville.

My husband grew up as a dairy farmer and we had a dairy for a while. We actually still live on the farm. We still have the tractors... 
Read more.

Penderyn celebrates all-female distilling team 
By Owen Bellwood, The Spirits Business
 Welsh distillery Penderyn has been celebrating the work of its all-female distilling team, highlighting the various roles 
Penderyn distillery_s all-female distilling team
Aista Jukneviciute, left, Laura Davies, centre, and Bethan Morgans, right.
Headed up by distillery manager Laura Davies, alongside blender Aista Jukneviciute and trainee distiller Bethan Morgans, the team work together nosing batches of new make spirit and signing off whisky samples.  More.

Farm to bottle whiskey brings back lost variety of rye 
Delaware Valley University is growing Rosen rye, a heritage
variety, for Dad's Hat, a local, craft whiskey maker.

From left, Delaware Valley University Chair of Agribusiness John Urbanchuk, Dad's Hat Founder and Distiller Herman C. Mihalich, and Delaware Valley University Dean of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Dr. Broc A. Sandelin stand in a field of Rosen rye on the University's campus. 
DOYLESTOWN, Pa., As craft whiskey producers look for ways to improve their products, many are looking to the past, bringing back varieties of grain that have been largely lost from the country's fields. Dad's Hat, a Bristol, Pennsylvania-based craft whiskey producer is working with Delaware Valley University to bring back Rosen rye, a variety that was widely grown in the U.S. about 100 years ago.  Read more

Everything you wanted to know about
grass seed harvest 
By Seth Klann, Mecca Grade Estate Malt
Bluegrass seed at Mecca Grade Estate Malting
Contrary to popular belief, barley, wheat and rye are not the main crops grown on our farm. Kentucky Bluegrass is the main seed crop grown, and the grains are used as rotational crops. This year alone, we had around 750 acres of Kentucky Bluegrass to be harvested. KBG generally stays in the ground for 4-5 years and then is taken out and replaced with a grain crop. Crop rotations are used to help prevent disease and weed resistance as well as to help restore and provide certain nutrients back into the soil.
In our previous post, we explained the process of swathing, now you will learn about combining, where the seed goes after it leaves the fields and baling. 
 Read more

Hard Truth Distilling Goes from Micro to
Largest Craft Distillery in Indiana 
By Distillery Trail  
Column Still delivery at Hard Truth Distilling
Visiting a distillery never disappoints, each one is different and every one of them has their own unique personality. The large heritage distilleries, the ones that survived or started soon after Prohibition have mainly focused on one thing for the last 100 years and that's making distilled spirits, volumes of it. That's fine and they make some great spirits.

On the other hand, today's craft spirits distilleries and startups tend to be a bit more creative, some of that creativity is innate while some of that creativity is thrust upon them in order to survive as a young business. Depending on state and local laws, craft distillery owners are often a "Jack of all Trades" from getting hands-on by driving a Bobcat to selecting their first spirits lineup to an overall business model. In the case of Hard Truth Distilling in Nashville, Indiana, their business model is like a three legged stool that's focused on three things; running a distillery, a brewery and restaurants (six of them and counting.) 
  Read more.

  Bill's Corner   Miscellany from  ADI Founder/President, Bill Owens
Words for Water  Story via Vikre Distillery  
Image from Mary Dougherty_s Words for Water
If you could speak for Lake Superior, what would you say?  This is the question Mary Dougherty has posed for her Words for Water project.    Read more.

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