Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co.
Louisville distillery signs unlikely deal, gets wider distribution...  Read story; more info.

News from ADI
Call for Presentations for ADI 2018 Conference
Speakers from 2017 ADI Conference and Gin Summit
Submission deadline THIS WEEK: September 15, 2017
Share your expertise at the largest Distilling Conference & Expo: 
March 26-28, 2018 at the Oregon Convention Center  

ADI Hands-on Distilling Workshops
Hands-on Whiskey Distilling Workshop and Basic Distillery Operation for Start-ups
November 12-16, 2017
Location: McMenamin's Edgefield Distillery - Troutsdale, OR
Instructor: James Whelan, Head Distiller at McMenamin's Edgefield Distillery
Instructor James Whelan_ head distiller at McMenamin_s Edgefield Distillery
Instructor James Whelan, Head Distiller at McMenamin's Edgefield Distillery

Blending and Maturation Workshop
December 8-9, 2017 
Location: Ironroot Republic Distillery, Dennison, TX
Instructor: Nancy Fraley

Nancy Fraley_ Blending and Maturation Workshop instructor

Registration open for 2018 ADI Judging of Craft Spirits
Bottles entered into the 2017 ADI Judging of Craft Spirits
Enter your spirits in the 12th Annual Judging of Craft Spirits. One of the most prestigious International Craft Spirits competitions. Winners to be announced at the 2018 ADI Conference in Portland, OR. 
The Fifth Annual Craft Distilling Expo in London
Early Bird Ticket price 
ends this Saturday for 
London Craft Distilling 
 Expo & Conference
October 4 - 5  Tickets / info.
Last Call for Gin of the Year
Info on Gold Delegates and Rum Masterclass:
Results 2017 San Diego Spirits Festival Competition
San Diego Spirits Festival logo

The 2017 San Diego International Spirits Competition had the toughest field yet of entries from the USA and Internationally, and all spirits were judged in a blind tasting on their individual merits and attributes. 
List of 2017 Winners.
Save the date August 25-26, 2018 for the TENTH San Diego Spirits Festival. More.
Making their mark: Sons of Liberty Spirits Co.
Sons of Liberty bourbon  label

Rhode Island is known for many things. For the last few hundred years, whiskey was not one of them. Then, Sons of Liberty came along.
"Over the last three years it's been, I think, 77 awards in international blind tastings,"  Read more 
New Releases
Events & Milestones
22 Craft Distilleries part of Michigan Distilled 2017
Michigan Distilled-a Festival of Spirits & Cocktails 
When: Friday, September 15 
Where: Fulton Street Farmers Market, Grand Rapids, MI  More info.

Virginia craft spirits take center stage during 2nd annual showcase
Virginia Craft Spirits Showcase

More than 20 Virginia distillers are gathering on Saturday, September 16 
in a celebration of everything barreled, distilled and handcrafted in Virginia at the 2nd Annual Virginia Spirits Showcase at the Roanoke City Market.  Read more.
The first completely made-in-DC bourbon in decades
Rock Creek Bourbon by One Eight Distilling

One Eight Distilling will release Rock Creek Bourbon on Sept. 16.
Rock Creek Bourbon is the first bourbon completely made (legally) in DC since pre-Prohibition.
Alamo Distilling to hold grand opening in new facility
Alamo Distilling Co._s  rum_ whiskey bottles

Alamo Distilling Co. founders Noel Burns and Daniel Taylor finally have a little elbow room. The duo have just put the finishing touches on a shiny new 7,000-square-foot facility. Read more.
Grand opening gala: Sept. 232 - 10 p.m. 
CEI Film 'I, Whiskey: The Human Spirit' on Tour
I_ Whiskey film tour info.

I, Whiskey is back on the road this fall with three festivals in California. First, the Food & Farm Film Fest (9/29-10/1) at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco.
Later that same week I, Whiskey is joining whiskey aficionados the world over for the leading whiskey festival in North America-WhiskyFest San Francisco
Read More.
Drinks Enthusiast Karen Locke's new book is the key to Portland's distilling scene
High-Proof PDX book cover

...How does a first-time author from the Midwest become one of Portland's voices of authorities on all things spirits? By starting off waiting tables, of course.  Read More.
Corsair Distillery owner buys historic Nashville building
Historic building occupied by Tuck Hinton Architects in Nashville_ TN

Investors that include Corsair Distillery owner Darek Bell and Chicagoan Marc Bushala paid $6.2M for a historic building in SoBro. Tuck-Hinton Architects has occupied the building for more than two decades. Read more
Congrats to Josh and Sarah of Young & Yonder Spirits!
Josh and Sarah of Y _ Y Spirits
 co-founders  Joshua Opatz  and Sarah Fiske are getting hitched. They love working together so much, they've decided to get married! 
We've noticed quite a few husband & wife craft distillers.
This is just a partial list of husband/wife craft distillers in the U.S.A.

Alchemy Distillery: Amy & Steve Bohner
Asheville Distilling Company : Troy & Charlie Ball
Baton Rouge Distilling : Natacha Krzesaj & Ricci Hull
Cart/Horse Distilling : Jessica Lemmon and husband John Fetzner
Copper Bottom Craft Distillery : Jenni and Jeremy Craig
Don Quixote Distillery : Ron & Ohla Dolin
Ethanolo¿y Distillation : Geri & Nick Lefebre
Flanigan's Distillery & Winery : Dana & Kevin Flanigan
Fox River Distilling : Amy & Mike Orlando
Gray Wolf Craft Distilling : Meghan Brown & husband R.B. Wolfensberger
Greenbar Distillery : Litty Mathew & Melkon Khosrovian
Heritage Distilling : Jennifer & Justin Stiefel
Infinity Beverages : Kayla & Matthew Rick
Kalamazoo Stillhouse : Joanna & Nic Merrill
Kootenay Country Craft Distillery : Lora & Kevin Goodwin
Lazy Eye Distillery : Carol & Nick Kafkalas
Lonely Oak Distillery : Amy and Pat Hoffmann
Luminary Distilling : Maria DiSanza & husband Joel Normand
Montanya Distillers : Karen & Brice Hoskin
New World Distilling:  Ashley & Chris Cross
North Shore Distillery Sonja & Derek Kassebaum
Oakhurst Spirits : Ally & Michael Benbrook
Old Elk Distillery : Nancy & Curt Richardson
Prohibition Spirits Distillery : Amy & Fred Groth
Quantum Spirits : Sarah & Ryan Kanto
Restless Spirits Distilling : Benay & Michael Shannon
Skaalvenn : Mary & Tyson Schnitker
Skagway Spirits : Janilyn & Gary Heger
Spirit Works Distillery : Ashby & Timo Marshall
Steamboat Whiskey Co. : Jessica & Nathan Newhall
Still house Creek:  Diane Kelly &Jeff Odem
Temple Distilling: Jamie & AJ Temple
The Spirit Guild: Morgan Mclachlan & Miller Duvall
Trail Distilling: Sara & Jerry Brennan
Ursa Major Distilling: Tara & Rob Borland
Vikre Distillery: Emily & Joel Vikre

Three-day advanced distilling workshop in Utah
New World Distilling workshop attendees_Spring 2017
New World Distillery, in Eden, UT, will be hosting a second hands-on, interactive course with Craft Distillers Chris and Ashley Cross, and Odin of iStill. 
Sept 22 - 24, 2017  More info.

ADI's Certification Program now has 2,792 spirits listed!

View the stats here.
Apply today  and join the 576 micro-distilleries who are truly  craft.
Bill's Corner

Miscellany from
ADI President Bill Owens 

Bill Owens photo exhibit mentioned in New Yorker
Bill Owens photo - Nixon on TV

The septuagenarian photographer is best known for his black-and-white series "Suburbia," pictures of his California neighbors taken in the early nineteen-seventies, which balance empathy with a keen sense of the ridiculous. This spare exhibition features Owens's striking color work from the past decade. Read more.

Surviving Hurricane Irma in Puerto Rico   
Puerto Rican Agricole Rum Distillery escapes major damage
Sugar cane field and still at Ron Pepon in Puerto Rico.

After expecting total devastation at our new distillery  San Juan Artisan Distillers in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico,(20 miles west of San Juan), home of
Ron Pepon, the first-ever Puerto Rican Agricole Rum Distillery, we are very relieved to say we and most of Puerto Rico were blessed, as Category 5 Hurricane Irma barely missed us by a few miles from its catastrophic 185
mph winds as it turned out to sea.
Our hearts go out to our fellow brothers from neighboring islands who suffered the full impact of this devastating storm. Our Distillery, Aging House, and new 3-ton-per-hour sugar cane mill system came out unscathed!  Read more.

Editor's Notes: our good thoughts go out to all of our distilling community, family and friends who are affected by the recent hurricanes. Please let us know how you're doing.  Editor.

In a note from Philip McDaniel, CEO of
St. Augustine Distillery: Hurricane preparations at St. Augustine Distillery in FL We have been without power for 6 days. Minor flooding but all in all,
we were very lucky.

Arwood Waste put together a list of Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief organizations: donate to  OneBlood Blood Assurance, Florida Disaster Fund, American Red Cross. Read more.

American spirits export value rises  by 10.6% 
International Taste for America Whiskeys Drives Growth
by The Distilled Spirits Council
US Import_export map from 1899

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The value of U.S. distilled spirits exports rose a robust 10.6 percent-up more than $67 million-to a total of $698.5 million in the first half of 2017 as compared with the same period in 2016, the Distilled Spirits Council reported [last week].

In dollar terms, the growth was led by the largest category: American whiskeys including Bourbon, Tennessee Whiskey and American Rye, which rose nearly $27 million to $464.6 million up 6.1 percent. But, smaller categories of other American spirits showed strong increases such as brandy, up 39.4 percent or $12.2 million to $43.45 million total; vodka, up 51.2 percent or $11.4 million to $33.6 million total; and rum, up 49.5 percent or $5.2 million to $18.55 million total, respectively. 
Read more.

Georgia's new beer law: direct sales and cocktails at distilleries  by Beth McKibben, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 
ASW Distillery_s Fiddler Bourbon using charred staves of Georgia white oak.

On Fri., Sept. 1, Georgia [woke] up to a day 82 years in the making. It's the day Senate Bill 85 (SB 85) became law, allowing Georgia's 14 active distilleries to sell their spirits directly to the consumer from their tasting rooms.

The state's distilleries have been denied direct sales of any kind to consumers. The previous law limited them to offering only three, half-ounce samples of their spirits per person. To purchase a bottle of spirits from the tasting room, visitors first had to pay for and attend a tour of the distillery. Providing distillery guests with cocktails was forbidden by law without an event permit. The antiquated alcohol laws had remained unchanged since the state repealed Prohibition in 1935 and made it difficult for Georgia's distilleries to turn a profit, let alone stay in business. 
Read more


Nant: Investors, staff, Matthew Hayden dudded in boutique whisky collapse  by David Lewis for Background Briefing
Barrels at Nant Distillery in Tasmania
Investors losing millions of dollars, bar staff taking cash from the till just to get paid and a former cricketer dropping out of a high-profile marketing deal - the final years of the Nant Whisky investment scheme were a wild ride. Once a darling of Australia's boutique spirits scene, the whisky label is now a cautionary tale for investors.

Key points:
* Investors were told they were buying barrels of whisky that Nant would buy back at maturity with a generous return on investment
* Hundreds of barrels were never filled, and many more were missing, had been secretly decanted, or had been filled with low-volume alcohol
* Insiders say there was 'creative' accounting and other warning signs.
 Read more

Shaken, not stirred
by Chall Gray, Capital at Play

Western North Carolina bar

Looking for that special place where everybody knows your name-but with a twist? Western North Carolina abounds with unique, 
even downright unusual, bars. So we decided to visit a few of them.

From George Washington saying farewell to his troops at the Fraunces Tavern, to the Stonewall riots and the beginning of the gay rights movement, a great many pivotal moments in the history of this nation have occurred in pubs. Read more.

That family spirit
by Jay Sanders, Capital at Play

H_H Distillery

With H&H Distillery, Wendell and Taylor Howard set out to create a craft liquor uniquely theirs, while still paying tribute to their deep regional roots.

A young Wendell Howard was peering out the window of his grandfather's 1963 Cadillac as a massive hurricane was bearing down on New Orleans. Seeking relief from his implacable asthma, Hazel Howard had escaped the wetter deciduous weather of Western North Carolina for the drier climate of Arizona, but now his intrepid grandson had come for a visit. "We met him in New Orleans and we rode in his Cadillac," Wendell fondly recalls now. "I remember that I couldn't see-we were trying to beat the storm coming in. It was raining."
  Read more.

Jersey Spirits Distilling Company: 
real  craft spirits from NEW Jersey 
by  Warren Borrow, contributor to Forbes

Micro distillery_ Jersey Spirits Distilling Company

I've always admired the craft spirits entrepreneur. The person who does something with his or her hands that doesn't involve pushing a pencil across a desk for their entire career. Distilling is one of those fine arts. It's possible to be a great distiller but to lose focus on the art of business. A micro-distiller must be more than just a distiller- they must be focused on sales, marketing, science, art, customer service and of course, just putting the time in doing what they love.

Jersey Spirits Distilling Company, located in typically "Jersey-style" commercial office park set just a few miles from thundering routes 46 and 80. They are hand distilling tasty, award winning spirits one drop at a time. Founded in 2005 by a tight group of passionate Jersey residents, this Jersey-centric distillery may not...
Read more.

Tamar Distillery in Redwood Valley: 
 'Mendocino County loves a little bit more'
by John Winters for The Ukiah Daily Journal
Crispin Cain_ president of Tamar Distillery
On a recent midmorning, just as the heat was ratcheting up outside, The Ukiah Daily Journal toured the cool Redwood Valley distillery that provides the spirits bottled under the names that many local whiskey, liqueur, and absinthe lovers will recognize: Tamar Distillery, American Craft Whiskey, and Greenway Distillers.

The stately, cavernous labyrinth of barrel after barrel of spirits, which was originally the Fetzer Winery facility before it was purchased by Germain-Robin in 1999, had a feel that was closer to that of a library than that of a tap house - a sense of quiet dignity as the spirits within the oaken barrels aged.

At the end of that labyrinth was a small office, outside of which the president of the distillery, Crispin Cain, was overseeing the bottling of the 1850 Cocktail, a blend of Germain-Robin Muscat Brandy, Low Gap Whiskey, and absinthe, then sweetened and barrel...
Read more.

Link to the pilot episode of tasteMAKERS
scene from pilot episode of tasteMAKERS with Wood Hat Distilling.

In case you missed the link from the article in last week's eNews. Watch pilot.
Another eye-catching photo...Cane Land Distilling Co.
Cane Land Distilling Company_s Alma Plantation _ Sugar Mill in Lakeland_ Louisiana.

Cane Land Distilling Company specializes in estate bottled spirits, made using the freshest Louisiana sugarcane products from their parent company,  Alma Plantation & Sugar Mill.  Alma Sugar Mill has been growing and milling sugarcane for centuries.  Nearly 50,000 acres of sugarcane are processed each year. In 2016, Alma produced almost 400 million pounds of sugar and seven million gallons of molasses.  Read more.

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