Above_ husband and wife team Amy and Steve Bohner_ owners of Alchemy Distillery_
Above, husband and wife team Amy and Steve Bohner, owners of Alchemy Distillery, received a "Good Food Award" for their Boldt Genever style Gin. Good Food Awards "honor recipients who push their industries towards craftsmanship and sustainability while enhancing our agricultural landscape and building strong communities." See full list of craft spirits winners, below, left column. Also, read story by Amy Bohner in this winter's Distiller magazine.

News from ADI
Idea to spirit in a year ~ Lea Beckett, CEO, Grand Teton Distillery
The Whole Package ~ Raul Paredes, Director, New Product Development, O-I ; Jack Vogel, Fort Dearborn; Kevin Dunbar, Tapi; Brian Christensen, Artisan Spirit Magazine
Control States or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Regulations ~ Scott Winters, CEO, American Spirits Exchange
Everything you wanted to know about TTB, but were afraid to ask
~ Marc Sorini, Partner/Attorney at Law, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Cyclic Distillation for Improved Energy Utilization ~ Kris Berglund, University Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University
Total System Design ~ Bryan Jensen, Engineering, Thinking Tree Spirits
Raising Capital, building an investment deck, the Private placement through Equity
~ Peter Caciola, President & CEO, 
 Colorado Gold Distillery

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Richland Rum receives
Good Food Award 2018

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Richland Estate - Sugar Cane Plantation and Rum Distillery - announced that its Single Estate Virgin Coastal Georgia Rum was honored with a Good Food Award, during the Annual Good Food Awards Ceremony in San Francisco. The 2018 Award marks the second occasion on which Richland Rum is recognized...  More.

Spirit Works receives
Good Food Award 2018

Spirit Works Distillery_s Sloe Gin

Spirit Works Distillery's Sloe Gin wins at the prestigious 2018 Good Food Awards.
The California grain-to-glass craft spirits pioneer announced the recognition as a national 2018 Good Food Award winner for their handcrafted Sloe Gin, the only traditional Sloe Gin produced in the US.  Read more.

Catoctin Creek receives
Good Food Award 2018

Roundstone Rye named winner in 2018 Good Food Awards

In San Francisco this weekend, the  Good Food Awards named Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye a winner in spirits category of the 2018 awards. The highest scoring entries were submitted to a rigorous vetting process to verify they met the sustainability and social responsibility criteria to win a Good Food Awards.

Alchemy Distillery receives
Good Food Award 2018

Boldt Gin by Alchemy Distillery

Alchemy Distillery is proud to announce that their Boldt Genever style Gin is the recipient of a "Good Food Award." 
Alchemy's award winning Gin is made with a base of Hollis hard red wheat locally grown less than 80 miles from Alchemy Distillery.

Craft Spirits distillers honored at Good Food Awards
Good Food awards 2018
In addition to those listed above, congratulations to the following distilleries who were also awarded  Good Food Awards  in the SPIRITS category:

New Releases,
Events & Milestones
Koloa Rum unveils inaugural Aged Hawaiian Rum
Hawaii's award-winning Koloa Rum Company has announced the launch of its first-ever Kauai Reserve Three-Year Aged Hawaiian Rum. This Rum is now being sold in Hawaii and will be available for purchase in California and other West Coast markets in February.  Read more. 

Pre-Order your bottle of Darling Apple Brandy
apple tree
The fruit of our [State 38 Distilling] labor is almost here!
Two years ago, folks had so much fruit falling from their trees that they were picking them up, placing them in trash bags and hauling them to the corner for garbage pick-up...  Read more. 

Painted Stave Distilling launches Crowd Funding for Cocktail Garden
Artist_s rendering of planned cocktail garden space at Painted Stave Distillery
Painted Stave Distilling rolled out their first Indigogo campaign recently to help raise $50,000 for the construction of a Cocktail Garden next to their current building.  Read more. 

Steamboat Whiskey Co. gives Warrior Whiskey bottle 45 to 45th president, Donald Trump
Steamboat Whiskey Company gives Warrior Whiskey bottle 45 to 45th president_ Donald Trump
Steamboat Whiskey Company gifted its 45th bottle of the Warrior Whiskey batch to the 45th president, Donald Trump this past holiday season.  Read more

Milouda-Larsen of Global Package
Global Package 
hires new Senior Sales Rep

Global Package LLC announced that Milouda Larsen will join its sales team as Senior Sales Representative and to assist in business development for Sonoma, Mendocino, and Oregon regions.  Read more

White Labs offers Yeast Essentials Workshop 
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FEB 22, 2018 to FEB 23, 2018
Are you interested in gaining a more in-depth knowledge of yeast? This two-day workshop will explore fermentation control points, tips for maintaining optimal yeast performance and how to develop desired yeast flavor compounds. 
Read more

TTB News
New DSP Permits issued 
New DSP permits as of 21 January 2018
New Distilled Spirits Plant permits issued as of January 21, 2018.    Enlarge/more info

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Start Operating or Merge with Your Existing Operation.  Sale includes everything in the distillery and intellectual property: All distilling equipment, brands, recipes, customer lists, wholesale accounts... 
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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!

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Apply today  and join the 578 micro-distilleries who are truly  craft.
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Thank you to all those who took the 
Year-end Survey of Craft Distillers! 
We have a response from every state except Oklahoma. Look for the results in the 2018 Distillers' Resource Directory and at the ADI Conference in Portland, Oregon ~ March 26-29, 2018

Thank you  to all those who entered the
ADI Judging of Craft Spirits

We received more than 1,000  spirits  and at will announce the winners at the ADI Conference in Portland, Oregon on March 27.

2018 Expo floor almost full - ADI Conference in Portland, Oregon continues to grow
2018 ADI Vendor Expo floor plan as of 22 January 2018

140 Exhibitors already in place
More resources in one location for craft distillers from beginners to advanced level producers  

Join us in Portland, Oregon, March 26-28 for an incredible assortment of vendors -
the largest distilling expo floor - you won't find an expo with more options, more engagement and more energy than this!

New for 2018: Tuesday evening
pre-gala "Expo Happy hours" and the Wednesday "Boozy Breakfast" on the expo floor.

Note: Our hotel room block already at 50% full. Don't delay!

Gin "Key Driver" as UK distillery numbers rise by 127% in five years  by Phoebe French, The Drinks Business
Gin cocktail image
The so-called 'gin-naissance' and the craft cocktail boom is said to be behind the rise in the number of distilleries in the UK.

A total of 49 new distilleries opened in 2017, but seven were closed, bringing the total of new distilleries set up in 2017 to 42.

In 2013 there were only 152 distilleries operating in the UK, the majority of which were based in Scotland. Of the 49 distilleries that were opened, 22 were located in England, 20 in Scotland, four in Wales and another three in Northern Ireland. Indeed, over the past seven years, England has seen the most rapid increase in distillery numbers, with only 23 recorded in 2010 compared to 135 in 2017. With 24 distilleries, London now has more distilleries that the entire country did in 2010.

The figures provided by HMRC and published by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) do not distinguish between which spirit the distillery is actually producing. However, according to the chief executive of the WSTA, Miles Beale, gin is behind the change. 

Listen to Heads + Tails: Podcasts
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The craft of distilling involves making cuts: the heads, the hearts, and the tails. You have the hearts in your glass, so we are going to bring you everything else. Each month, Heads + Tails serves up interviews, discussion, and news from the world of spirits that aims to broaden your knowledge of these amazing liquids.

* For our first show, we were very pleased to welcome Sean Venus from Venus Spirits in Santa Cruz to our studio. Sean has been distilling since 2014, and has been doing some really great things...
Lost Spirits Distillery has what is perhaps one of the most interesting stories in craft distilling today. Bryan Davis has been tinkering with funky ways to age spirits since 2010, when he started Lost Spirits in the middle of an artichoke field...
* St. George Spirits has been leading the craft spirits movement since their start way back in 1982. Once Lance came on board, things got real weird: loads of craft experiments, and boundary-pushing Gin's that put St. George on the spirits map. 35 years of producing award-winning spirits...

How whisky is shedding its conservative image and emerging as the new cool  
by Anoothi Vishal, The Economic Times  [India]
cocktail bar in India

It's a regular Friday at Whisky Samba, a glamorous bar in Gurgaon [City in Haryana, India], stocking 140 labels of whisky. It is still early evening and the decibel level of the music is not overwhelming. A group of women in their late 20s and early 30s from a nearby office, unwind over their drinks, loudly comparing notes of the cocktails.

"Capricious", sweet bourbon mixed with Limoncello di Capri; "No-Fuss Old Fashioned", made with Jim Beam and angostura bitters; and "Tokyo Sour", made from a Japanese whisky and spiked with togarashi spice, are apparently favourites with these regulars. The drink of that day, however, is "Mr Spice and Nice": Johnny Walker Black Label jazzed up with plum and port wine. Not one of the women has ordered plain vodka-soda, or fruity... 
 Read more.

"In the Barn" with Firestone & Robertson
by Dr. Eric Simanek, Robert A. Welch Chair of Chemistry at Texas Christian University where he teaches "Whiskey: Science & History."  

The makers of TX Whiskey and TX Bourbon are both figuratively and literally "in the barn." Uttered to reveal that the "win" is at hand, the imminent opening of "Whiskey Ranch" puts the gang of Firestone and Robertson very much "in the barn" after starting out in 2010. The new facility is set amongst the greens of a legendary golf course where Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson perfected their games. In keeping with the theme, F&R's first offering, TX Whiskey, was a hole-in-one. That's not just a local talking either: The blend took double gold in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2013 shortly after it debuted. The amber blend is light and smooth with caramel and pear that peek through sweet vanilla. As the blend grew in popularity, their bourbon aged for nearly five years in the pre-prohibition warehouse that the company initially called home.Darker than the blend, the bourbon shows spice and dark fruit with a warm finish. In full Texas style, the TX Straight Bourbon was released at high noon in December 2016 to a line stretching more than a quarter mile. While all hoped for one of the 1000 bottles made available, 800 folks left dry. Whiskey Ranch ensures that such a thing will not happen again. Read more

Perfect place for a distillery? Behind bars 
Bars of former prison that is now the home of Southern Grace Distilleries

Redd Rowland was known in the 1950s for owning a monkey that would do a trick and then doff its little hat in hopes of a tip. But Rowland was also quite a bootlegger, and the Cabarrus County sheriff eventually sent a squad to Rowland's home to seize the "white lightning" and arrest its maker.

...The moonshiner, the monkey and the prison are gone now, but their spirits live on: The still-standing penal institution, closed in 2011, is nowadays home of award-winning Southern Grace Distilleries, which legally manufactures and markets four varieties of fresh white corn whiskey (white lightning) and recently rolled out its first aged bourbon: Conviction. 
 Read more.

Homegrown Spirit 
Louisiana Spirits building and cocktail

Louisiana's small-batch distilleries are using native crops to put the state back on the spirits map - where it belongs.

Louisiana's distilling history pre-dates both the Civil War and Prohibition, and the state's sugarcane gave rum its toothy sweetness long before mass production took over. It is with great delight, then, that Louisiana natives have greeted the modern day spirits revival that has taken place throughout the state over the past decade. And now, thanks to the state's increasingly well-trod Libations Trail, everyone can experience the nuanced flavor of beverages distilled from homegrown ingredients.

Just ask Trey Litel, who launched Louisiana Spirits,  Read more.

Whiskey Review: Krobar Rye Whiskey
by Julia Smith, The Whiskey Wash
KroBar Rye Whiskey

"We know how to manipulate wood," states Krobar Craft Distillery co-founder Steve Kroener. And no wonder. He and his business partner, Joe Barton, (the name is a mash up of their last names: Kro-Bar) have some serious Paso Robles wine pedigrees, with a combined 40 years experience in the industry at Silver Horse Winery and Grey Wolfs Cellar, respectively.  An inherited and beloved "old tee shirt" skill, the longtime friends still make wine,  but now they've branched out with Krobar Craft Distillery.  Read more.


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