Save with Early Bird registration for 2018 Craft Spirits Conference in PDX!
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Early Bird Registration now open for the 2018 Craft Spirits Conference and Vendor Expo; only $350 for Full Conference Pass for ADI Members. Draft schedule released including hands-on distilling workshops, tours and Gin Summit!  More info./Register

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The Largest Gathering of Distillers in the USA
3 x the Distillers
800 distillers attended in 2017
3x the 
200 suppliers scheduled for 2018 Expo
3x the 
60 break-out sessions  scheduled for 2018
3x the Advanced Knowledge
3 x the Start-up Knowhow
3 x the Workshops
3 x the Fun
Join us in Portland, Oregon!
Main Conference:
March 26-28, 2018
Pre/Post Conference  workshops:
 March 24 to March 29
Gin Summit: March 24
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Draft Schedule online.
Winter issue of Distiller magazine released Dec. 28th.
Distiller magazine_ Winter 2017_2018
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.
Join ADI to receive Distiller for free!

ADI Judging of Craft Spirits
glasses of spirits ready for blind tasting at the ADI Judging of Craft Spirits
Enter your spirits in the 12th Annual ADI Judging of Craft Spirits, the largest and most-respected judging of craft spirits. 

Enter today; ship spirits later
(to arrive by January 25, 2018)
New Releases,
Events & Milestones
Barrel-Aged holiday creations from Dad's Hat Rye 
Dad_s Hat Rye

Limited availability: a Honey Cask Finished Whiskey, a Maple Syrup Cask Finished Whiskey, and a new 'Rock and Rye' variety - an old-school whiskey liqueur recipe which dates back to the 1860's. 
Limited Release Rye Barrel Aged Akvavit from Long Table  

Aging for months in Rye Whisky Barrels, we've just bottled this delicious Swedish styled Akvavit with its distinctive oak, licorice and orange notes on the nose.  Read more.

Manayunk Moonshine is Back! 

Palmer Distilling's Manayunk Moonshine for the Holidays. The Moonshine is in 200ml flask bottles with limited supply made of pure Pennsylvania Corn and Malted Barley. Its very smooth.  Read more.

Single Cask Whiskey Release from Copperworks 

Copperworks Distilling is excited to announce the availability of its first "exclusive to the distillery" single cask release of Copperworks American Single Malt Whiskey. The 122 bottles in this release, Release 009, are available only in our tasting room and online store.   Read more.

Hamilton Distillers' winter release sells out
Line for winter release at Hamilton Distillers

We [ Hamilton Distillers] were incredibly humbled by the turnout for our very first Winter Release. A huge thank you to all who came out and stood in line; we hope you're already enjoying that extra smoke!  Read more.

Cherry Vodka ice luge in Frankenmuth, MI 
Grand Traverse Distillery_s Cherry Vodka ice luge.
The Zehnder SnowFest is January 24th through 29th. Come for the fun and be sure to have a taste from the Grand Traverse Cherry Vodka ice luge.   Read more.

Rosemary's Second Baby at Cardinal Spirits named the #1 Holiday Cocktail in America!    

Rosemary_s 2nd Baby
2 ounces Cardinal Spirits Terra Botanical Gin
1 ounce pear juice
¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
½ ounce rosemary simple syrup (recipe attached)
Rosemary sprig, for garnish

Add all ingredients except for garnish to a shaker, then add ice. Shake well, then strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.
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Contract distilling available 
Rob Rubens Distilling & Brewing  
can assist with your recipe development, 
mashing, fermentation,
barreling, and 
bottling needs. Full service consultation also available.   
for more info.
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check ADI Forums for more opportunities.

ADI map of distilleries 
Map of distilleries.
Be sure that your distillery is listed; if not,  add your distillery here.

2018 ADI vendor advertising/exhibit info.
2018 Media Kit
Contact Matt Jelen for advertising, exhibit and Vendor Expo registration info. 
ADI's Certification Program now has 2,812 spirits listed!

View the stats here.
Apply today  and join the 578 micro-distilleries who are truly  craft.
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Brief, year-end Survey of US Craft Distillers

We're collecting data from all US craft spirits producers
Please take a minute to participate! ADI's anonymous survey is the industry's most comprehensive poll of actual craft distillers and the most-quoted source of information on the growth of the industry. 

When disaster strikes

When disaster strikes, our hearts go out to those affected.  When disaster touches our colleagues in the micro distilling industry, the pain hits a little closer to home.  "There but for the grace of God go I".  Recently, two people were badly injured in a micro distillery when ethanol vapors ignited, with explosive force. This was the result of an employee blending vodka with an electric immersion blender, reported ABC news 13 in Houston TX Read more

Explosion in New Jersey rum distillery story.

ADI President's Note: The explosion at a craft distillery in New Jersey this week is the 3rd fire or explosion in 2017.
Most OSHA, fire, and building inspectors are not familiar with craft distilleries and may not know what to look for when visiting.
Due to their scale, it is often not clear which industrial standards should be applied to craft distilleries, as many codes are written with large facilities in mind. At ADI, we are working hard to provide information that relates to small distilleries. -Bill Owens/President/ADI 

Passage of Tax Bill brings lower levies to brewers, distillers and winemakers  by Tara Nurin, Forbes
 Rogue Ales _ Spirits distiller Jake Holshue
Newport, OR -- Rogue Ales & Spirits distiller Jake Holshue.

Though economists agree the Republican tax plan [signed by] the President [last Friday] functions as little more than a giant holiday present to the wealthiest American businesses and individuals, one provision included in the bill does promise to make even some of the nation's most liberal artisans happy. That provision - which represents a breakthrough for alcohol producers both small and large - reduces the federal excise tax on alcohol manufacturers, who number among the most heavily taxed business people in the United States.  Read more.

Southern Glazer's fined $3.5M over 'Pay to Play'
by Lauren Eads, The Drinks Business   
Southern Glazer_s Wine _ Spirits logo

21st December, 2017, Miami-based wholesaler Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits (SGWS) has been fined a record US$3.5 million by New York's State Liquor Authority (SLA) for engaging in "pay to play" schemes to win business, with the violations uncovered described as "truly staggering" by one official.   Read more.

Tales of the Cocktail, a troubled event,  may 
have a savior  by Robert Simonsson, The New York Times
Tasting event at Tales of the Cocktail

Tales of the Cocktail, the annual New Orleans convention that over the last 15 years has became a required whistle stop for people in the bar and spirits business, has recently been in danger of dissolution amid rancor and controversy.

But it may have found a savior in a new owner. The Solomon family, a prominent civic and philanthropic force in New Orleans, has signed a nonbinding letter of intent to buy the festival from Ann Tuennerman, the organization's founder, and her husband, Paul Tuennerman. If the transaction proceeds, the convention will run as scheduled in July - something many people had begun to doubt.  
Read more.

8 common alcohol myths many people believe 
If you think a Lite beer has less alcohol, you believe 
one  of the many myths about drinking.
by Petro-Anne Vlok, Health24, South Africa
The festive season is almost upon us, which means parties, braais and family get-togethers are in full swing. As the party mood takes hold, people tend to let their hair down and enjoy a few drinks.

Having two glasses of wine is nothing to worry about, right? Many people believe men can have two drinks and women one and still be within the legal limit when they get behind the wheel of a car. But in reality it's much more complicated than that.

There are many myths surrounding alcohol consumption and drunk driving. In fact, you could be breaking the law without realising it.
Read more

Campari announces $5 million investment in Woody Creek Distillery  by  Distillery Trail

Campari Canada has announced an investment of $5 million for the renovation and redevelopment of their Grimsby, Ontario distillery for Forty Creek Canadian Whisky. The investment is another milestone in the European company's strategy to make Canada a priority market for investment and innovation.

Campari acquired Forty Creek Distillery in 2014 for $184 million along with its portfolio of brands including whisky, vodka, brandy, rum and liqueurs. Internationally-recognized for its superior taste and quality, the multi-award winning Forty Creek Whisky serves as both the fastest growing brand in its category across North America and Canada's first successfully launched whisky brand in over 70 years. Since 2014, Gruppo Campari has invested well over $200-million, including Woody Creek in Canada as part of a global strategy to prioritize the Canadian market. 
Read more.

  Bill's Corner   Miscellany from  ADI Founder/President, Bill Owens
tasting room at Port Chilkoot Distillery in Alaska
Beer Barrel Bourbon bottle on a sheepskin rug
Merry X-mas from Tenth Ward Distilling
Merry Christmas from Mainstem Malt
Merry Christmas from Raw Distilling Merry Christmas from Beach Craft Spirits
_GINvent_ Calendar from the Gin Foundry

Sharing the holiday are a few more season's greetings from our distilling community


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