Craft Spirits Weekly
Welcome to the 278th 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.

This week, we're focusing on a vertical release from Santa Fe Spirits, a Pride-focused vodka from Republic Restoratives benefitting an LGBTQ health organization, and more.
ACSA'S 9th Annual Distillers' Convention and Vendor Trade Show in New Orleans is FIVE short weeks away! Visit our website to register; see the full convention schedule; learn more about pre-convention education; sign up for distillery tours; book your hotel room by June 24; and download our app.
Santa Fe Spirits Releases Colkegan Vertical
Santa Fe Spirits of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is excited to announce its first ever Colkegan Mesquite Smoked Single Malt vertical tasting and release party. (
Republic Restoratives's Vodka to Benefit LGBTQ Health Organization
Washington, D.C.-based Republic Restoratives has released Civic Pride, a vodka with a limited-edition Progress Pride-inspired label. Proceeds from every bottle sold will be donated directly to Whitman-Walker Health, D.C.’s community health organization that specializes in healthcare for LGBTQ communities and those living with HIV. (
Star Union Spirits, Mississippi River Team Up for Rum and Rye
Star Union Spirits of Peru, Illinois, and Mississippi River Distilling Co. of Le Claire, Iowa, teamed up on the delicious and unique Rum and Rye spirit. (
Aimsir Distilling Co. Releases Vættir Aquavit
The Aimsir Distilling Co. of Portland, Oregon, announces the release of its newest spirit, Vættir Aquavit (pronounced vay-teer). (

Whether you are just thinking about starting an RTD program or in need of a refresher, our panel of RTD producers will share tips and best practices to ensure your RTDs can stand the test of time.

Based on member feedback, ACSA is using OSHA grant funds to create a one-day, in-person course on fire protection and prevention, customized to address the needs of craft distillers, and presented by Industrial Safety and Training Services at Watershed Distillery in Columbus, Ohio. Only a few spots remain!

Join us as we meet virtually with officials from Capitol Hill and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau before setting off for virtual Congressional meetings.
The Craft Spirits Podcast: Michael Myers of 291 Colorado Whiskey
Our latest guest on The Craft Spirits Podcast is Matt Vogl, the executive director and co-founder of the National Mental Health Innovation Center at the University of Colorado, and the keynote speaker at ACSA’s 9th Annual Distillers’ Convention and Vendor Trade Show in New Orleans this July 21. The title for his keynote is Distilling Better Mental Health & Crafting Support in Volatile Times.
Harridan Vodka Launches Midsummer Reserve

Harridan Vodka, a certified-organic vodka crafted in New York state from local corn, announces the launch of its limited edition Midsummer Reserve.
Kentucky Bourbon Affair Fantasy Camp Postponed

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced that its annual Kentucky Bourbon Affair fantasy camp won’t happen in September 2022, but the prestigious event is being reimagined for 2023. 
Southern Glazer’s Appoints Chris Williams to EVP

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits announced that it has appointed Chris Williams to the role of executive vice president, national accounts of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, effective June 1.
Crack Open the May/June Issue of CRAFT SPIRITS Magazine
The May/June issue of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine is here, and our cover story examines the skyrocketing popularity of spirits-based ready-to-drink cocktails. This issue also features stories about creative packaging, smart branding, e-commerce solutions and more!
Join Us In The V.I.P. Lounge and Hang Out with Lisa Laird Dunn
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 join craft spirits icons for virtual happy hours. To unlock additional bonuses, like a set of CRAFT SPIRITS-branded Glencairn glasses, join us in the V.I.P. Lounge today.
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
STEPUP Foundation Now Accepting New Applications
The STEPUP Foundation is now accepting applications for 2023 interns, mentors, DSPs, and wholesalers from June 1 through Sept. 1, 2022.

STEPUP stands for Spirits Training Entrepreneurship Program for Underrepresented Professionals and its purpose is to increase talent through the facilitation of workplace diversity. Specifically, STEPUP, working with distilleries and wholesalers throughout the United States, provides a comprehensive, hands-on training program with a living stipend and provides job exposure for those of different races, color, national origins, genders and sexual orientations.

ACSA Starts Facebook Group for Voting Members
In an effort to use the platforms that you most often use, ACSA started a private Facebook group for voting members only (open to all employees of member DSPs). The group will be an environment to not only ask questions without judgement, but to provide input and feedback to colleagues based upon members’ experiences and best practices. If you would like to be added to the group, please send an email to
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
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!
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.)