Craft Spirits Weekly
Welcome to the 194th issue of Craft Spirits Weekly, a service dedicated to bringing you 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.
Registration Opens for Craft Spirits Packaging Awards
Presented by the American Craft Spirits Association and CRAFT SPIRITS magazine, the Craft Spirits Packaging Awards celebrates excellence and creativity in the design of craft spirits labels and packaging. Medalists will be featured in the January issue of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine, with Best in Show gracing the cover. Entries will be judged by an independent panel of industry experts.

Deadline for entry is Nov. 13, 2020.

The competition is open to all producers of craft spirits. No physical samples are required for entry (some winning entries may be asked to ship samples for photography).

A panel of design experts will judge labels and packaging in the following categories:
  • Best Brandy Packaging
  • Best Gin Packaging
  • Best Ready-to-Drink 
  • Best Rum Packaging
  • Best Specialty Spirits Packaging
  • Best Vodka & Grain Packaging
  • Best Whiskey Packaging
  • Best Portfolio (Recognizing outstanding packaging across a range of products three or more products. Must be entered separately from individual entries.)
  • Readers’ Choice Award (Judged by CRAFT SPIRITS magazine readers)
  • Best in Show

ACSA Members: $40 per entry; $100 per portfolio entry
Non-members: $55 per entry; $140 per portfolio entry

The deadline for submissions is Nov. 13. If your spirits packaging is creative, beautiful, unique or all of the above, show it off by entering now!
Santa Fe Spirits Celebrates 10 Years with Sherry Cask Finished Colkegan
In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Santa Fe Spirits announced a new limited release to its whiskey lineup. The 100-proof Sherry Cask Finished Colkegan (Colkegan PX) will be released at the distillery on Oct. 16. (
Kings County Distillery Announces New 7-Year Single Barrel Bourbon
Kings County Distillery of Brooklyn, New York, announces the release of the first in a series of rare and superlative single barrel whiskeys, to coincide with its 10th birthday celebrations. The first of these will be Kings County Distillery’s 7 Year Single Barrel Bourbon. (
Catoctin Creek Begins Distribution to U.K. with N10 Bourbons Limited
Catoctin Creek Distilling Co. of Purcellville, Virginia, announces its new partnership with N10 Bourbons Limited, a national American whiskey distribution company based in the U.K. (
Milam & Greene Whiskey Expands Distribution Across the Country
Milam & Greene Whiskey is expanding its distribution across the country, with the award-winning Milam & Greene Triple Cask Straight Bourbon, Milam & Greene Port-Finished Rye, and Milam & Greene Straight Single Barrel Bourbon hitting shelves in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin. (
Tattersall Distilling Releases Bottled Manhattan
Tattersall Distilling has announced the launch of its bottled Manhattan, on shelves now, just in time for fall. The Manhattan starts with Tattersall’s Straight Rye Whiskey, made from 100% Minnesota-grown rye and aged in charred American white oak barrels, blended with Tattersall Italiano-Style Liqueur, sherry and aromatic bitters. (
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.

October 14: Kim & Tom Bard, The Bard Distillery
October 21: John Little, Smooth Ambler Spirits
November 4: Blake Jones, West Fork Whiskey
November 11: Nathan Newhall, Steamboat Whiskey Co.

Not sure how Instagram Live works? Click here to learn more.
Treaty Oak Distilling to Host 14th Anniversary Party
Treaty Oak Distilling of Dripping Springs, Texas, has announced its 14th Anniversary Celebration will take place this Saturday. (
Caledonia Spirits Unveils All The Basics Cocktail Kit
With the holiday season approaching, Vermont-based Caledonia Spirits has launched its Barr Hill All The Basics Cocktail Kit. Priced at $95 (with free shipping), the cocktail kit makes a great gift for anyone building a home bar. (
Central Standard Craft Distillery Appoints Chief Commercial Officer
Milwaukee-based Central Standard Craft Distillery co-founders Evan Hughes and Pat McQuillan have announced a strategic C-level new hire. Local executive Jim Kanter joins the distillery teams as chief commercial officer. (
Tamworth Distilling Announces Annual Release of Graverobber Unholy Rye
New Hampshire-based Tamworth Distilling has announced that Graverobber Unholy Rye—its annual limited-edition autumnal elixir crafted with specially curated maple syrup from mature and gnarled trees grown amid graves of human remains on Great Hill Farm in New Hampshire—is now available at Art in Age locations in Philadelphia and Tamworth. (
Reminder: Importance of Registering Sanitizer
Recently, ACSA leadership met with the FDA and the biggest takeaways were the importance of following current FDA guidelines and the necessity to register if you are producing hand sanitizer, packaging or labeling for distribution (either for sale or donation). You must also register with the FDA if you are manufacturing ethanol for use by others in making sanitizer.

If you believe a distillery is producing or distributing hand sanitizer or ethanol in a manner that is inconsistent with recent federal regulations and guidelines published for use during the COVID-19 public health emergency, please click here.

And if you haven't already added your distillery to our list of DSPs producing hand sanitizers, click here.

Additionally, FDA recently announced that it is providing a laboratory testing method to assess the quality of finished hand sanitizer products.

This testing method can be used to help assure hand sanitizers contain the correct ingredients and do not contain harmful levels of impurities. To read the full bulletin on the FDA's laboratory testing method, click here.
Bardstown Bourbon Co. Announces Finale Event for Competition
The Bardstown Bourbon Co. of Bardstown, Kentucky, in partnership with Moonshine University, is narrowing its search for the “World’s Top Whiskey Taster” with the finale to be held at the distillery on Nov. 14. (
503 Distilling Announces Charity Partnership with The Sons of Smokey
503 Distilling of Oregon City, Oregon, has announced a partnership with The Sons of Smokey, a 501c3 charity that focuses on trail cleanup across the U.S. in conjunction with The Gambler 500 Rally. (
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