Craft Spirits Weekly
Welcome to the 219th 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's newsletter is sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co.
Tariffs Coalition Sends Letter to Biden Administration
The Toasts Not Tariffs Coalition, 48 associations representing the entire three-tier chain of the U.S. alcohol industry—which includes the American Craft Spirits Association—sent a letter this week to U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo urging the immediate removal of all U.S., EU and U.K. tariffs on distilled spirits and wines imposed in connection to unrelated trade disputes. (
Spirit Hub Fund Announces First Application Period
The Spirit Hub Independent Distillery Preservation Fund (“The Fund”) has finished its first round of fundraising efforts and is now opening applications for grants for the first time. In an effort to provide financial aid to independent distilleries that have suffered many losses in the past year despite stepping up for their communities, The Fund will award grants to distilleries in need. (
Eastside Distilling Releases Limited-Edition Collection
Eastside Distilling’s new limited-edition craft spirits line launched under the Eastside brand name is now available in the company’s home state of Oregon. This rare, artisanal collection features three special, hand-crafted barrel-aged whiskeys (Lions Small Batch Rye, 14-Year Aged Bourbon, and Sherry Cask Single Malt) along with three other limited-edition, small-batch spirits (Barrel Aged Navy Strength Rum, Barrel Aged Gin, and 2-Year-Old Brandy). (
Register Now for our Public Policy Conference
Join us for the American Craft Spirits Association and the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States' Virtual Public Policy Conference on May 25-26, 2021. While we are disappointed COVID-19 prevents an in-person visit again this year, we plan to offer the same opportunities that you have come to expect from our conference—to learn and share from one another and celebrate this great industry.

As part of the conference, craft distillers and suppliers will participate in virtual congressional visits with your home state legislators to discuss the extreme hardships craft distilleries are facing due to the impacts of COVID-19.

You can register for the May 25 and 26 free event and attend from the comfort of your home or distillery/office as it is VIRTUAL. 
Distillery 291, LibDib Partner to Distribute Spirits in Colorado
Colorado-based Distillery 291, and web-based alcohol distributor, LibDib, announced that LibDib has been awarded distribution in 291’s home state of Colorado. Effective immediately, Colorado restaurants, bars and retailers will be able to purchase 291 Colorado Whiskey via LibDib’s website or mobile app or through their local 291 representative. (
Tattersall Distilling Launches Cosmo Bianco RTD Cocktail
Tattersall Distilling has announced the launch of its newest ready-to-drink cocktail, Cosmo Bianco. Tattersall’s take on a Cosmopolitan has a base of organic vodka, blended with Tattersall liqueurs, fresh juice and other botanicals. (
Wigle Releases Limited Batch of Rhubarb Liqueur for Spring
Wigle has produced a limited batch, just 600 bottles, of its fan-favorite Rhubarb Liqueur. (
Creek Water Whiskey Names Former Diageo Executive as New CEO
Creek Water Whiskey announced a new CEO, Anthony Moniello, to lead the spirit brand’s strategic direction. Moniello most recently represented Diageo, one of the largest spirits brands in the world, for nine years leading commercial sales, marketing and consumer planning. (
Zia Cantina Partners With Peach Street Distillers on Cocktail Program
Zia Cantina officially launched April 10 with a new cocktail program featuring Peach Street Distillers from Palisade, Colorado. (
Craft Spirits TV: Having a Smoke with Whiskey Del Bac
In the latest episode of Craft Spirits TV, we drop by Hamilton Distillers/Whiskey Del Bac in Tucson, Arizona, to find out from co-founder Stephen Paul how the distillery’s American single malt whiskey gets its signature mesquite smoke character.
Foundry Distilling, Left Hand Brewing Release Single Malt Whiskey
Left Hand Brewing Co., of Longmont, Colorado, announced the release of Sinister Malt Whiskey in partnership with Foundry Distilling Co. (
Access Assets to Advocate for DtC
ACSA has a collection of resources for guilds and distilleries to advocate for DtC changes, including a postcard to send to legislators, model guidelines necessary for elements of a model DtC bill, talking points and FAQs about DtC.
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.

April 21st: Britt Moon, Swamp Fox Distilling Co.
April 28th: Jon Lawson and Tristan Mermin, St. Barts Spirit Company
May 5th: Chris Sywassink, Ghost Coast Distillery
May 12th: Hilary Mann, Up North Distillery
May 19th: TBA
May 26th: No Craft Spirits Live

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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 March 2021 issue of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine. Our cover story is an oral history on the long journey to permanent federal excise tax (FET) relief, a victory more than a decade in the making for American craft spirits makers.

This issue also includes:

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