Craft Spirits Weekly
Welcome to the 177th 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.

While this is normally a members-only benefit, we are distributing this newsletter to all DSPs as a public service during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are also offering a 15-month membership for the price of 12 months (existing members will receive an additional three months). If you are not a member, learn more about joining here .
Save the Date: ACSA Virtual Town Hall, June 30, 4 p.m. ET
ACSA will be hosting a virtual Town Hall on June 30th at 4 p.m. ET so you can meet our new officers, get acquainted with the slate of candidates in the Board of Directors elections, and l earn what's coming up in the next few months at ACSA.  Each nominee for the Board seat will be given three minutes to share their platform—namely, why they are the right candidate to represent your interests within the industry. Voting will then open in July with the new Board fully installed by August 1, 2020. Please stay tuned for more information on attending the online event. For questions, email our election chair, Renee Bemis at .
Senators Sign Letter Seeking Deferment of FET Payments
Nearly two dozen U.S. Senators on Monday signed a letter asking Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin to defer all deadlines for collecting federal excise tax (FET) on domestic and imported beverage alcohol through Dec. 31. Previously, the Department of the Treasury delayed FET deadlines by 90 days in response to COVID-19 pandemic. (
$100,000 Goal Within Sight! Donate Now to Support Du Nord Craft Spirits
We are very close to the $100,000 goal in the GoFundMe campaign for Minneapolis-based Du Nord Craft Spirits, which was severely damaged amidst citywide protests on May 29. We need your help to bring the campaign to the finish line.
Several fires were set inside Du Nord's distillery, owned by Chris Montana, ACSA's immediate Past President and unsung craft spirits advocate. While DuNord's fire suppression system prevented the fire from destroying the building, the damage was vast, as more than 26,000 gallons of water dumped inside the facility over the course of four to four and a half hours.

Because insurance adjusters are unlikely to enter the city anytime soon, the funds from the GoFundMe campaign will go a long way to cover immediate expenses for Chris and his team. Please let Chris and his distillery team know he is not alone by donating today. 
Though spirit production has slowed for hand sanitizer, the rickhouse is stocked and the next whiskey is ready for release. On June 18,  One Eight Distilling  of Washington, D.C., will present Untitled Whiskey No. 18 — a special chapter in the distillery’s UNTITLED creative small-batch spirits series. (
Falls Church Distillers Launches Summer Workshop Series
Falls Church Distillers  is launching a summer distilling workshop series for individuals interested in starting their own craft distilling business. The two-day workshops will be held July 8-9, August 12-13 and September 9-10 in Falls Church, Virginia. (
Share Your DtC Photos for the Next Issue of Craft Spirits Magazine
If you are currently allowed to ship directly to consumers and have related photos you can share, we may be interested in displaying them in the next issue of Craft Spirits magazine. If you have photos to share, please send us a note at .
Poll: Cost of Modifications to Reopen Your Tasting Room
If you reopened your tasting room and had to make modifications, how much did it cost?
Less than $2,499
More than $50,000
Join Us for Craft Spirits Live on Instagram
Join ACSA each Wednesday at 2 p.m. Eastern for Craft Spirits Live, our new 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.


June 17: Murphy Quint, Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery

June 24: Colin Keegan, Santa Fe Spirits

July 1: Michael Myers, Distillery 291

July 8: Heather Shade, Port Chilkoot Distillery

July 15: Jeff Kanof, Copperworks Distilling

July 22: Gina Holman, J. Carver Distillery

To watch,  click here and make sure you're following @craftspiritsus on Instagram.   When we start a live video, our profile picture will appear at the top of the feed with a colorful ring around it and the word Live. Tap or click our profile picture to view our live video. You can watch the live videos on the Instagram app or on  And you can also watch a replay in our Instagram Stories for up to 24 hours after the interview.
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 .
Distillery 291 Releases Oldest Whiskey Yet as Father’s Day Tribute
Just in time for Father’s Day,  Distillery 291  of Colorado Springs, Colorado, announced two new tasting room releases—291 Colorado Straight Rye Whiskey and 291 Colorado Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Matured in deep-charred, new American white oak barrels for three years each, these limited offerings are the oldest whiskeys 291 has released to date. (
Cedar Ridge to Release QuintEssential American Single Malt Whiskey
Cedar Ridge Distillery  has announced the release of QuintEssential American Single Malt Whiskey, the culmination of a lifetime of work for Cedar Ridge founder and master distiller Jeff Quint, and his son, head distiller Murphy Quint. (
USBG National Charity Foundation Has Disbursed 27,500 Grants
The  USBG National Charity Foundation  announces today that it has disbursed a total of 27,500 grants through its Bartender Emergency Assistance Program COVID-19 Relief Campaign. (
Paradise Brands Signs with Republic National in Florida
Paradise Brands of West Palm Beach, Florida has signed with Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) of Florida to handle distribution of   Monkey in Paradise Vodka  and the company’s most recent acquisition,  Blue Nectar Tequila . The change in distribution is effective June 1, bringing the total number of RNDC markets for Paradise Brands to eight (CO, FL, OK, OH, LA, NM, SC, TX). 
Members in the Media
A Roundup of Stories, Videos and More Featuring ACSA Members
ACSA Extends Membership Term by Additional Three Months
As distillers continue to operate during a difficult time of uncertainty, ACSA is extending its membership term by three months at no additional cost for existing members, and new members will receive a 15-month membership for the price of 12 months. Read more about the decision here.
Craft Spirits TV

Copperworks Crowdfunds & ACSA Announces New Board Officers
In this episode, Copperworks Distilling  details its successful crowdfunding campaign and we congratulate Becky Harris ( Catoctin Creek ), P.T. Wood ( Wood’s High Mountain Distillery ) and Jeff Kanof (Copperworks Distilling), the new President, Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer, respectively, of the American Craft Spirits Association’s Board of Directors.
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.
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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.)