Vol. 354

From the editors of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine, Craft Spirits Weekly is produced by the American Craft Spirits Association for its members. Not a member? Join our community of craft spirits producers.

This week we're focusing on:

  • A new tasting room for Red River Brewing Co. & Distillery
  • Upcoming deadlines for ACSA's convention and competitions
  • And much more!

Wishing you a happy holidays, we'll return to your inbox on Jan. 3.


Enter ACSA's Craft Spirits Competition by Dec. 22!

The deadline to register for ACSA's 10th Annual Judging of Craft Spirits is Friday, Dec. 22, and your products must arrive by Dec. 28.

Enter your products into the only craft judging competition assembled, organized and overseen by you, the distilling community. ACSA’s blind-tasting competition recognizes the best craft spirits in the following categories:

  • Brandy
  • Gin
  • Ready-to-Drink 
  • Rum
  • Specialty Spirits (absinthe, agave-based products, etc)
  • Vodka & Grain
  • Whiskey
Submit Your Spirits

Convention: Early Bird Pricing Ends Dec. 30

Registration is now open for ACSA’s 11th Annual Distillers’ Convention and Vendor Trade Show this February! Don't miss out on early bird pricing, which ends on Dec. 30.

This year’s theme, MOVING MOUNTAINS TO HELP YOU SUCCEED, is all about reaching new heights by working together to secure a bright future for craft spirits. You won't want to miss this convention!

This is the place where producers and the top industry suppliers connect to find solutions to specific business issues and complex challenges within the craft spirits community. Learn from the industry's best and brightest, who will share their wisdom. From distillers, owners, marketing teams, front of the house, bottlers, brand managers, and sales teams, to equipment and ingredient purveyors, label designers, packaging experts, insurance and compliance experts, to educators and learners, among others...there’s something for anyone who is invested in craft spirits. 

Register Now


Red River Distillery Tasting Room Opens Doors to Public

Red River Brewing Co. & Distillery of Red River, New Mexico, is excited to announce the grand opening of its tasting room. (CRAFT SPIRITS magazine)

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Nominations Open for ACSA Board of Directors

Do you see problems within the spirits industry? Do you want to commit to helping solve them? Join ACSA’s Board of Directors! We are accepting nominations until Feb. 5, 2024.

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Member Survey: We'd Like to Hear From You

What might you like to see more of from ACSA? As 2023 comes to a close and we celebrate another great year for ACSA, we want to hear your feedback.

Please let us know how we are doing via this quick online survey. It should only take about 10 minutes to complete. Your data will be collected anonymously, and will only be used by ACSA. Help us make 2024 our best year yet. Your honest feedback is invaluable to our board members and staff.

Take the Survey

OOLA Distillery Extends Hours at New Location

Seattle-based OOLA Distillery is excited to announce the tasting room hours at its Capitol Hill location. (CRAFT SPIRITS magazine)

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Copperworks Releases Barleywine Cask American Single Malt Whiskey

Just in time to help get cozy this season, Seattle-based Copperworks Distilling Co. is introducing its latest special release: Copperworks Barleywine Cask American Single Malt Whiskey. (CRAFT SPIRITS magazine)

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Thoroughbred Spirits Group Announces Twin Vendome System for Sale

Thoroughbred Spirits Group recently announced it has a client with a turnkey, twin Vendome 250-gallon system with vodka column for sale. (CRAFT SPIRITS magazine)

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A Toast to the 90th Anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition

This year ACSA marked its 10th anniversary, and each month we celebrated with a new initiative. On Tuesday, Dec. 5, we raised our glasses to the 90th anniversary of the passing of the 21st Amendment in a virtual toast via Zoom. Here's to the next 90 years (and beyond) of our vibrant industry and to all the friends, colleagues and community members we meet along the way!

Thanks to our extraordinary toastmasters who led the online gathering:

  • Lew Bryson, author, Tasting Whiskey Whiskey Master Class 
  • Gina Holman, J. Carver Distillery, ACSA Board President
  • Amy Stewart, author, The Drunken Botanist

Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams are teaming up again on a new, limited-edition flavor collaboration: Hot Toddy Sorbet.

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced Buzzard’s Roost Spirits as the newest member of the nonprofit trade group.

CaskX is thrilled to announce its latest American whiskey offering in collaboration with Sagamore Spirit.


Read the New Issue of CRAFT SPIRITS Magazine

The November/December issue of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine is here! This issue includes:

  • A cover story exploring packaging considerations for producers of spirits-based RTDs
  • Insights and best practices for kegged cocktails
  • Details on the latest operations software for craft distilleries
  • And much more!
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Check Out the CRAFT SPIRITS Magazine Media Kit

Want to get your products and services noticed? Be a part of upcoming issues of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine, the all-digital, bi-monthly publication of the American Craft Spirits Association! Check out our NEW 2024 media kit to see what's in store.

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ACSA would like to thank all of our annual sponsors and our key supporters of education. We are grateful for all of your support throughout the year. Cheers!

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The American Craft Spirits Association is the only national registered nonprofit trade association representing the U.S. craft spirits industry. Its mission is to elevate and advocate for the community of craft spirits producers, and membership in ACSA is open to anyone. 

ACSA is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the eligible voting members of the Association. Voting members must be independent licensed distillers (DSPs) annually removing fewer than 750,000 proof gallons from bond (the amount on which a Federal Excise Tax is paid.)