Newark_s All Points West Distillery
Newark joins the cities with new craft distilleries. More, below right column. Read story about Newark's All Points West Distillery.

News from ADI
2018 Vendor Expo Booths
2018 Media Kit
Contact Matt Jelen for advertising, exhibit and Vendor Expo registration info. 
ADI Hands-on Blending Workshop
Blending and Maturation 
December 8-9, 2017 
Location: Ironroot Republic Distillery, Dennison, TX
2 days of Blending & Maturation instruction including: practical applications of blending, selecting and balancing the proper components for the blend to achieve a targeted whiskey or rum profile, and the impact on flavor of spirit and wood. Instructor: Nancy Fraley
Instructor Nancy Fraley

Registration open for 2018 ADI Judging of Craft Spirits
craft spirits flights for blind judging at ADI Judging of Craft Spirits
Enter your spirits in the 12th Annual Judging of Craft Spirits. One of the most prestigious international spirits competitions. Winners to be announced at the 2018 ADI Conference in Portland, OR. 
New Releases,
Events & Milestones
November 18: The Virginia Craft Spirits Roadshow: Women Who Whiskey 
Women who Whiskey promo photo

"Women who Whiskey" is a celebration of Virginia's Whiskey, the women that love it and the men that love them both! Come enjoy a variety of different styles of artisan whiskies and other spirits from 10 Virginia distilleries,...   Read more.
Saturday, November 18, 2017, 1-5pm

NYTimes Live Event: Women and Whiskey, Sisters in Suds 
Women enjoying a cocktail in the early 1900s
Jennifer Steinhauer, editor of live journalism in the NY Times Washington bureau, will moderate a discussion with Pia Carusone, co-founder of Republic Restoratives, the first woman-owned distillery in the capital; Julie Verratti, the co-founder of Denizens Brewing Company and a champion of local tax reform for small-business brewers; and Garrett Peck, a historian and the author of "Prohibition in Washington, D.C.".  Read more.
Thursday, Dec. 7, (7 to 9 p.m.) 
Republic Restoratives, Washington, D.C.
Hosted by The New York Times. Tickets.

Lockhouse Distillery "First Call" Launch Party 
100 Acres logo

November 16, Lockhouse Distillery will celebrate the launch of "First Call" happy hour at 100 Acres: The Kitchens at Hotel Henry from 4-10pm.  Read more.

Hopscotch Vermont Single Malt Whiskey: collaboration with Stone Corral Brewery 
Mad River Distillers Hopscotch

Mad River Distillers of Vermont is proud to announce the upcoming release of the second edition of its extremely limited Hopscotch Vermont Single Malt Whiskey on Friday, November 17 at select Vermont and Massachusetts retailers and bars.   Read more.

Rye Whiskey launches Friday, November 24th 
Black Button Distilling_s Rye Whiskey

For the first time ever, you can purchase a ticket for our Small-Batch Straight Rye Whiskey that will guarantee you a bottle. Black Button Distilling will hold your bottle at our Rochester or Buffalo Tasting Room (your choice) with no worry that it will be sold out before you get there!!   Read more.

Vodka is ready at The Kalamazoo Stillhouse 
Kalamazoo Stillhouse vodka
...and Gin is not too far behind.
This 100% wheat vodka, locally sourced and milled, with notes of butterscotch and vanilla is even worthy of sipping neat. More info.

Liberty Pole Spirits' new Bourbon Cream 
Liberty Pole Spirits Bourbon Cream

So we took a little bit of shelf-stable cream
and mixed our bourbon in it.
Bam. Gift-giving solved. We also have our first "one-
year-old" Rye  for those who prefer a more mature gift.   Read more.

Brooklyn's Breuckelen Distilling unveils craft Bottled in Bond Whiskeys 
Breuckelen Distilling_s Project No. 1

Breuckelen Distilling has been distilling since 2010, so it easily makes sense they would have whiskey meeting the age criteria for bottled in bond. The first of their two new offerings, and the more interesting, is a wheated bourbon called Project No. 1. Read more.

New Riff's O.K.I Barrel Finish 
New Riff_s Quad Finish Bourbon
This fall we are pleased to announce our newest release, our Blackberry Belgian Quadrupel Barrel Finish, or what we affectionately call, "The Quad Finish." The whiskey spent six months in one hell of a barrel: a 500 liter, 1100 pound sherry butt from Spain, which had then held a Belgian Quadrupel Ale from our Ei8ht Ball Brewing.  More info. 

Second Sight Spirits: Bourbon! 
Second Sight Spirits Bourbon

released its latest batch 
of Oak Eye Kentucky Bourbon at the distillery on November 9th.  

Threes are the best: S.D. Strong Straight Rye Whiskey Barrel No. 3 
Barrel No. 3  S.D. Strong Straight Rye Whiskey.

The Three Stooges, three blin d
mice, three piece suits, the Hanson brothers, and S.D. Strong Straight Rye Whiskey. We're now on barrel #3 of hand labeled and hand numbered goodness. Grab a bottle at retailers while you can.  More info.

Firestone & Robertson's Whiskey Ranch now open 
Firestone and Robertson Distilling Co._s new Whiskey Ranch
Whiskey Ranch will be the largest whiskey distillery west of the Mississippi, the only one on a fully functioning 18-hole golf course, and the first with a 45-foot copper column still in full view, along with the world's first "doubler" designed with sight windows for public tours.   Read more.
Wilderness Trail Distillery - distillery expansion 
Fermenters for  Wilderness Trail Distillery
Workers prepare to move the first of six 20,000-gallon fermentation tanks to the front of the distillery. The building will be constructed around them.   Read more.
Three-day Advanced Distilling course at New World Distillery in January 2018 
New World Distilling workshop attendees.
New World Distillery, in Eden, UT, will be hosting a third hands-on, interactive course with craft distillers Chris and Ashley Cross, together with the instructional team of Odin and Veronika Van Eijk and Jason Cawthron of iStill More info.
New on-line course at MSU:
Wine, Beer and Spirits Laws and Regulations 
MSU logo

Do you know the laws and regulations that apply to product labeling? The Institute for Food Laws and Regulations (IFLR) at Michigan State University offers a new online course this coming spring semester.  More info.
United Partnerships Inc seeks funding for B2B and B2C Direct-To-Market Platform
United Partnerships Inc.
After 7 years of focusing on helping small independent distilleries bring their products to national and international markets, United Partnerships Inc (UP), the parent company of and is seeking financing to leverage their experience in the Spirits category and expand...More.

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

 Fall issue of Distiller magazine on newsstands
Cover of fall 2017 Distiller magazine
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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.
Crowds stepping up and backing craft distilleries
Freeland Spirits Founder Jill Kuehler_ Master Distiller Molly Troupe_ and Farmer Cory Carman

The spirit of community is evident in the support shown for a growing number of micro distilleries getting started via crowd-funding campaigns. Here is a sample of a few underway:

Freeland Spirits crushes $25k goal on first day of their crowdfunding campaign

Freeland Spirits, the collaborative effort of three women, has extended their Indiegogo campaign after astonishing initial launch.

"We are humbled by the support and enthusiasm for our Indiegogo campaign. We raised $30,825 on the first day (!) A heartfelt THANKS goes out to all of our supporters.
We have been so fortunate to have Aria Gin take us under their wings - just as Bull Run Distilling did with them - letting us use their still, so we could make our first batch of gin. But in order to get our spirits out into the world beyond this campaign, we need our own equipment. ASAP. (And we can't wait to someday pay it forward to the next crazy person who decides to start a distillery!) 
Read more.

The entire Dry Land Distillers family _Photo Credit_ Luc A. Nadeau_

Dry Land Distillers craft distillery inspired by the American West's iconic places and people

Dry Land Distillers, is a celebration of the people, places, and land of Colorado and the American West. Both of us (Nels and Aaron) grew up in the West, and we understand that the place we call home is a huge part of who we are.

...We're in the process of opening a craft distillery in the heart of downtown Longmont. Our spirits are influenced and inspired by Colorado's lands and the American West's iconic places. Our first production includes a dry land heirloom wheat whiskey, two unique prickly pear spirits, and a dry land spruce gin created with all Colorado native botanicals. 
Read more.

TOAD team in good spirits

Oxford Artisan Distillery offers shares to public
by Owen Bellwood, The Spirits Business

The Oxford Artisan Distillery is offering consumers the chance to buy shares in the business to help finance its production of rye whisky. Consumers can buy shares for as little as £10 (US$13), with those who invest over £200 (US$261) receiving rewards such as spirit samples and distillery tours.

The distillery opened in July 2017 after years of planning and claims to be one of the only distilleries in the world to grow fields of heritage grain to produce its spirits. 
Read more.

Seven Caves Spirits steps into San Diego's craft distillery scene  by Candice Woo, Eater San Diego
Seven Caves Distillery in San Diego_ CA

San Diego's craft distilleries come in all shapes and sizes, from the massive 50,000-square-foot domain of Cutwater Spirits to the new and relatively diminutive Seven Caves Spirits, whose 2,000-square-foot grain to glass distillery and tasting room is tucked into a nearby Miramar cul-de-sac.

Seven Caves was established in 2016, but visiting the tasting room has thus far been by-appointment-only; beginning Thanksgiving week, it will be open for regular hours. Though its bottles will have limited distribution, founder/distiller Geoff Longenecker says most of his efforts will be focused on the tasting room, which will feature quarterly releases and a future members club. 
Read more.

"Buy local" now applies to your booze
by Meredith Goad, Portland Press Herald
Cider apples at Hope Orchards are destined for Sweetgrass Winery _ Distillery. Staff photo by John Ewing
Cider apples at Hope Orchards are destined for  Sweetgrass Winery & Distillery

The distillery room at Maine Craft Distilling on Portland's Washington Avenue is filled with the smell of fermenting mash, reminiscent of sourdough bread rising.

In one corner, gin made with Maine-grown malted barley spits from a Scottish-style still. Elsewhere, an employee is bottling a single malt whiskey, also made with Maine grains that have been smoked with Maine peat and seaweed. Over by the barrel room, where the distillery's products are aged in locally constructed oak barrels, a large, round open fermenter is filled with a goopy, brownish substance that looks almost as if it's bubbling on the surface. Lean close, and the unmistakable whiff of apples fills your nostrils. 

Bottled-in-Bond: How a 120-year-old liquor act is helping craft whiskey make a statement
by Richard Thomas, the Growler

Three of the Bottled-in-bond whiskeys profiled in the story
From its earliest days, craft whiskey made by small distillers has shown a lot of promise. But critics often scoff that craft whiskies are under-aged spirits that haven't been given enough time to gain nuance and complexity. The naysayers still like to say that, but over the last couple of years the charge has become less accurate and lost much of its sting. Nothing symbolizes this growing maturity of craft whiskey like the number of new releases that are Bottled-in-Bond.

A Bottled-in-Bond whiskey, (BiB), is one made according to the U.S. Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897, one of the early pieces of food and beverage purity legislation from the Progressive Era (think Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle"). Unlike many of the reforms of those times, this one was sponsored by a group of big distillers led by Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr., who still has a brand made by Buffalo Trace named for him today. Distillers wanted to protect their brands by establishing high standards in an era where anyone could color rotgut grain spirits with iodine and pass it off as bourbon. 
Read more.

Whiskey tasting at Hinsdale Library to be a big draw
by Kimberly Fornek, Chicago Tribune
Owners of Whiskey Acres Distilling Co._ Nick Nagele_ from left_ Jamie Walter and Jim Walter at the distillery.
Owners of Whiskey Acres, from left, Nick Nagele, Jamie Walter and Jim Walter.

Interest in a whiskey in Hinsdale is keen. The Hinsdale Public Library reports there [was] a waiting list for the tasting that Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. [conducted] on Monday, with all 40 spaces reserved.

Participants were allowed to sample three kinds of whiskey at the event. The idea of the tasting came from a library patron who knew of Whiskey Acres, said Cynthia Dieden, the library's adult services manager. 
Read more.
More on Whiskey Acres:  Farm-turned-distillery grows whiskey from seed to spirit  by Brian O'Keefe, Peoria Public Radio
Its a family affair at Whiskey Acres in DeKalb. From left to right_ Nick Nagele_ Jamie Walter_ Jim Walter

Salida, CO votes for craft distiller as new mayor 
by D.J. DeJong and April Obholz Bergeler, The Mountain Mail
P.T. Wood is surrounded by his supporters Tuesday at Soulcraft Brewing. Wood won the race to become Salida_s next mayor_ according to unofficial election results.
PT Wood, owner of Wood's High Mountain Distillery.

Salida has a new mayor and city council.
Unofficial results in the elections in Salida and Buena Vista were posted by Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder Lori Mitchell at 9:17 p.m. Tuesday.
With 68.79 percent of the vote, P.T. Wood beat incumbent Mayor Jim LiVecchi, who garnered 31.21 percent.
"I am looking forward to doing the city's business in a reasonable way: pulling together the budget and then moving past the politics of the past and moving on to doing what's right for the city and what makes the city prosper," Wood said. 
Read more.

Vodka distillery explosion sends three to hospital
by Alyson Ward and Margaret Kadifa, Houston Chronicle
A rescue helicopter and multiple fire engines respond to an explosion at distillery in Houston_ TX

An explosion at a north Harris County [Texas] distillery [last] Monday sent three employees to the hospital, one by helicopter with severe burns, according to the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office.
An employee was using an immersion blender to mix vodka at B.J. Hooker's, a vodka distillery in the 1300 block of East Richey, the Fire Marshal's Office determined. The fumes ignited, causing the explosion and starting a fire.
Two more workers were taken to area hospitals, one by ambulance and another in a personal vehicle. The explosion was confined to a single metal warehouse, about half the size of a football field, on the distillery's premises, said Rachel Moreno, spokeswoman for the Fire Marshal's Office. The property was not evacuated.

  Bill's Corner   Miscellany from  ADI Founder/President, Bill Owens
Bill Owens interview for the Hayward Area Historical Society - Part 1  
Bill Owens at interview for Hayward Historical Society

ADI Founder/President Bill Owens talks about his childhood, world travels during his youth, including time in the Peace Corps and long-time interest in sociology and documenting the world around us.
The Hayward Area Historical Society promotes an understanding of our shared history and the challenges and opportunities of the future by collecting, preserving and interpreting the diverse heritage of the [SF] East Bay community.  Watch interview.


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