Vol. 301

From the editors of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine, Craft Spirits Weekly is produced by the American Craft Spirits Association for its members. Not a member? Click here to join.

This week, we're focusing on the STEPUP Foundation's new class of interns, mentors, distilleries and funding partners; Christian Krogstad's departure from Westward Whiskey; a new cocktail book from Eight Oaks Farm Distillery; and more!


Register Now for ACSA's 10th Anniversary Distillers' Convention and Vendor Trade Show

Whether you need a pick-me-up, fresh ideas to distribute your product, a technical boost, or simply want to reward your team while also benefiting your business, we've got it all covered! As we celebrate 10 years of ACSA, you'll enjoy new social and networking events with opportunities to meet new and old friends Feb. 10-12 in Portland, Oregon.

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Share Your Video for a Special 10th Anniversary Celebration

Among the many commemorative activities and projects that we’re planning for ACSA's 10th anniversary is a video showcasing major highlights from the past 10 years. And we want you to be a part of it! Click here to see how you can participate, and please note that we are accepting video and still images until Dec. 5.

Discover Our Convention Sponsorship Opportunities

Are you looking to amplify your business presence, enhance your brand image, expand business opportunities and/or demonstrate your support for the craft spirits community? Check out our convention prospectus to find a package that will bring you unparalleled convention exposure, or we can customize it to help meet your specific marketing objectives. ACSA staff are available to discuss the best fit for your goals. Contact Ken Brady, Director, Membership & Marketing at kenneth@americancraftspirits.org or 571.455.2164.


STEPUP Foundation Announces Second Class

ACSA and The Spirits Training Entrepreneurship Program for Underrepresented Professionals (STEPUP Foundation) are proud to announce the second class of interns, mentors, and participating distilleries, along with several new funding partners for 2023. (CRAFT SPIRITS magazine)

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Westward Whiskey Announces Departure of Christian Krogstad

Westward Whiskey of Portland, Oregon, announces that founder and master distiller Christian Krogstad is stepping away from his operating role at the company in order to pursue several of his many interests. (CRAFT SPIRITS magazine)

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Eight Oaks Farm Distillery Publishes Cocktail Book

Just in time for the holidays, Eight Oaks Farm Distillery of New Tripoli, Pennsylvania, has released “Our Farm, Your Glass”—a cocktail book with crew and customer favorites.  (CRAFT SPIRITS magazine)

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Whistling Andy Announces Expansion and New Restaurant

Bigfork, Montana-based Whistling Andy Distillery is celebrating its 12th anniversary with a new 25,000-square-foot location and Andy’s Crafthouse: a new restaurant and bar. (CRAFT SPIRITS magazine)

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Hinterhaus Distilling Releases Holiday Spirit Warming Hut

Arnold, California-based Hinterhaus Distilling has released its second annual Warming Hut holiday spirit. (CRAFT SPIRITS magazine)

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In Memoriam: Richard Wolf

ACSA was saddened to learn of the passing of Richard Wolf last Friday. Wolf was previously a vice president and general manager for Buffalo Trace Distillery before starting Wolf Consulting. He was also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and once served as chairman of the Kentucky Distillers' Association's board of directors. According to KDA president Eric Gregory, Ratterman & Sons Funeral Home in Middletown is in charge of arrangements. Both the visitation and funeral will be private. We send our deepest condolences to his family.

Reminder: Please Complete the ACSA Member Survey

As we begin our 10th year, ACSA continues to work tirelessly to serve the craft spirits community by building and supporting our membership, increasing diversity, improving your business landscape, and developing organizational stability. The best way that we can continue to improve our services is to hear from you directly. If you are an ACSA member, you should have received an email with a link to our member survey. Please let us know how we are doing via this short survey: it should only take about 10 minutes to complete. Your data will be collected anonymously, and only used by ACSA for this research. We will only keep this survey open until Dec. 15, so please respond now.


Columbus, Ohio-based Watershed Distillery has announced the dates for its annual NocinoFest.

Austin, Texas-based Still Austin Whiskey Co. announced the release of The Artist, a 100% straight rye whiskey

Seattle-based Copperworks Distilling Co. announced two new releases and opened up its 2023 First Cut subscriptions for purchase.

Browne Family Vineyards, one of the leading producers of premium Washington State wine, will be opening the doors to Browne Family Spirits.

The latest findings from IWSR Drinks Market Analysis show that volumes in premium-and-above price bands grew in 2022 compared to 2019, across the 20 key markets.  


Read the November/December Issue of CRAFT SPIRITS Magazine

The November/December issue of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine is here, and our cover story explores the growth of e-commerce and what it means for the future of spirits retail. This issue also features stories about a decade of distilling at Headframe Spirits; crafting eau de vie in Alsace; and more.

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The Craft Spirits Podcast: David Weglarz of StilL 630

Our latest guest on The Craft Spirits Podcast is David Weglarz, the owner and head distiller at St. Louis-based StilL 630, which celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier this year. In this episode, Weglarz discusses the genesis of the distillery; all of the hidden meaning in the name and logo for StilL 630; his claim to fame of likely being the first distillery to open in a former fast food restaurant; experimenting with whiskey barrels and gin; and much more.

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Join Us In The V.I.P. Lounge

Our V.I.P. Lounge members receive each issue of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine one week early, and our $40- and $60-per-year supporters are invited to virtual meet-and-greets with craft spirits icons. To unlock additional bonuses, like a set of CRAFT SPIRITS-branded Glencairn glasses, join us in the V.I.P. Lounge today.

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Send News to CRAFT SPIRITS Magazine

Do you have exciting stories to share about your distillery? Keep us posted on new products, events, trends, tips and more by sending us a note at news@americancraftspirits.org.


Members: Download Updated ACSA Member Logos

Show your pride for the American Craft Spirits Association on your website and more with our updated member logos!

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The ACSA PAC Needs Your Support
ACSA’s public policy advocacy on behalf of its members is critical to making sure our community’s voice is heard on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures. A crucial piece of this strategy is a strong Political Action Committee (PAC) and to maintain this presence, we need your support, particularly during a mid-term election year.
The easiest way to engage and learn more is to go to our website and log in to ACSA. 
Should you have any questions about ACSA’s PAC, or ACSA’s public policy initiatives, please write to acsapac@americancraftspirits.org.
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.)