Craft Spirits Weekly
Welcome to the 210th issue of Craft Spirits Weekly. This newsletter is dedicated to bringing ACSA members the news most important to the craft spirits distiller. Check your inbox every Thursday to find a curated selection of articles and news pieces from CRAFT SPIRITS magazine and the American Craft Spirits Association. Not a member? Click here to learn more.
Rep. Wexton Introduces Fairness for Craft Beverage Producers Act
U.S. Representative Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), the founder of the Congressional Agritourism Caucus, along with co-leads Representatives Jason Crow (D-CO) and María Elvira Salazar (R-FL), introduced the bipartisan Fairness for Craft Beverage Producers Act that would allow craft breweries, wineries, distilleries, and other small beverage producers that depend on in-person sales in their taprooms and tasting rooms to be eligible for a larger maximum loan amount in the Second Draw Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). ( 
J. Carver Distillery Releases Trifecta Cask Strength Single Malt Whiskey
Just months after the highly successful introduction of cask-strength single malt Etiquette Whiskey, J. Carver Distillery has announced the limited release of its second cask-strength single malt Trifecta Whiskey. (
Survey: What is the most important issue facing craft spirits?
Now that FET relief is permanent, what do you see as the most important issues facing the craft spirits community? If you haven't already, please take our quick, one-question survey to voice your opinion.
Craft Spirits Podcast: Alex Castle of Old Dominick Distillery
Alex Castle—senior vice president and master distiller at Old Dominick Distillery in Memphis, Tennessee—is our guest on the latest episode of The Craft Spirits Podcast. Castle discusses her path to distilling (which took root in high school), her move to Memphis, and the product line at Old Dominick, including whiskey and gin.
Have you registered for ACSA's Judging of Craft Spirits?
ACSA's 8th Annual Judging of Craft Spirits is now open for entries. ACSA takes great pride in conducting a rigorously professional judging program that recognizes the best craft spirits in the categories of Vodka/Grain, Gin, Brandy, Rum, Ready-to-Drink, Whiskey, and Specialty Spirits.

Register now to take advantage of general registration fees until Feb. 28. The late riser fee will be from March 1 until registration closes on March 12.

All spirits must be received by March 17. The competition is open to all producers of craft spirits in the United States. Due to COVID-19 we will not be accepting international entries in this year's competition.

General Fee: $250 per entry
Late Riser: $275 per entry
Ghost Coast Distillery Lands on Yelp, Travel + Leisure List
Ghost Coast Distillery of Savannah, Georgia, is thrilled to be recognized as one of the 25 best distilleries in the United States by Yelp and Travel + Leisure. As the Hostess City’s first and only local spirits distillery since Prohibition, Ghost Coast is honored to represent the spirits of Savannah on a national level. ( 
Happy Raptor Distilling Announces Release of 504King Cake Rum
Happy Raptor Distilling of New Orleans is proud to announce the release of its newest infused rum, 504King Cake. Made with 100% Louisiana molasses, 504King Cake begins as a flavorful white rum handcrafted in Happy Raptor’s Central City distillery and infused with real pecans, hand-cut orange peel, vanilla, and cinnamon sticks for several days. (
A new Four-Year Rye Whisky launches from Spirit Hound Distillers this month. The latest release from the Colorado-based distillery is a part of the Spirit Hound Barrel Program, a unique community-based celebration of the distillery. (
Virginia Distillery Co. of Lovingston, Virginia, recently won ‘Best American Blended Malt’ in the Blended Malt Category for its VHW Port Cask Finished Whisky for the fifth consecutive year at the World Whiskies Awards, an awards program that highlights whisky from around the world. (
Burnt Church Distillery to Host Grand Opening Celebration
The long-awaited opening of Burnt Church Distillery has finally arrived. On Friday, March 5, 2021, the 25,000 square-foot whiskey distillery will open its doors to the public. (
Join Us for Craft Spirits Live on Instagram
Join ACSA for Craft Spirits Live, our Instagram Live show. In each episode, a leading craft spirits producer invites us into their distillery for 30 minutes of engaging conversation and a virtual tour—as well as an opportunity to answer all of your burning questions.

February 17th: Mark Beres, Flying Leap Distillery
February 24th: Jeff Pennington and Carter Collins, Pennington Distilling Co.
March 3rd: Reed Walker, Cotton & Reed Spirits
March 10th: TBA
March 17th: TBA
March 24th: TBA
March 31st: Richard Patrick, Cathead Distillery
April 7th: Pia Carusone, Republic Restoratives

Not sure how Instagram Live works? Click here to learn more.
Watch the Latest Episode of Craft Spirits TV
It's Groundhog Day with Wigle Whiskey!
Wigle Whiskey co-founder Meredith Meyer Grelli talks Punxsutawney Phil and the distillery's collaboration with the Groundhog Club on Phil's Shadow Maple Finished Rye Whiskey, as well as Wigle's sister cidery Threadbare's Phil's Burrow Rum Raisin Cider.
RNDC to Distribute MGP’s Proprietary Spirits in Colorado
MGP has partnered with RNDC in Colorado to support the continued growth of MGP's proprietary spirits brands: TILL American Wheat Vodka, George Remus Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Remus Repeal Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Rossville Union Straight Rye Whiskey, Eight & Sand Blended Bourbon Whiskey and Green Hat Gin. (
LibDib and RNDC Announce Exclusive Partnership with Tickr
Leading wholesale alcohol distributors Republic National Distributing Co. (RNDC) and LibDib, today announced an exclusive multi-year deal with artificial-intelligence-(AI) driven media analytics provider Tickr, a platform that is used by global brands such as Porsche, Johnson & Johnson, and Olympus. (
Got a question? ACSA's got the answer.
In these challenging times, seek advice and lend your knowledge in ACSA's online forums. Our main forum topics include crisis management, services, TTB, safety, technical, equipment & materials, legislation, business and marketplace.
Read the Latest Issue of CRAFT SPIRITS Magazine
The American Craft Spirits Association proudly presents the January issue of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine.

This issue includes:

  • All of the medalists from the inaugural Craft Spirits Packaging Awards
  • A feature story on distilleries reviving pre-Prohibition distilleries and brands
  • A look at the benefits of using specialty malts
  • Alluring cocktail recipes from ACSA members
  • And much more!
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The American Craft Spirits Association is the only national registered non-profit 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.)