Craft Spirits Weekly
Welcome to the 159th 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.
Make Your Voice Heard and Win Free Registration to Our Convention
The deadline to complete ACSA's membership survey is Feb. 14. We want to better understand how you view our services and where you think we can improve. Your answers will provide us with information to enhance the value of your membership and move our industry forward. 

If you wish to be entered into a drawing to receive a free registration for yourself or a colleague to the 7th Annual Distillers' Convention and Vendor Trade Show in Portland, Oregon, please leave your name and email address at the end of the survey.

Please take 10 minutes to complete the survey today and make your voice heard.
Tattersall Distilling Turns Surly Brewing’s Stout Into Bierschnapps
Twin Cities-based award-winning craft distillery Tattersall Distilling announced the release of a new, limited-edition spirit. Tattersall’s Darkness Bierschnapps was made in collaboration with Surly Brewing Co.’s elusive Darkness Russian Imperial Stout. Roughly two bottles of Darkness are distilled in each bottle of Bierschnapps. Consumers can expect undeniable notes of chocolate, coffee and toffee designed for easy sipping.  (CraftSpiritsMag.com)
Dixie Southern Vodka Announces New Farmer Partnership
Dixie Southern Vodka, of Charleston, South Carolina, announces the expansion of its highly successful farmer partner program with a collaboration with Florida-based Lykes Bros. Inc. Dixie recently began sourcing hand-picked Valencia oranges from Lykes Citrus for its award-winning Dixie Citrus Vodka. (CraftSpiritsMag.com)
Tax Cut Critical to Western Pennsylvania Distillery, Brewery Growth
Local craft distillers and brewers are toasting the renewal of a federal tax relief bill that they say will help their small businesses continue to grow. But some worry that celebration could be short-lived. (TribLive)
Pacific Coast Spirits Finds a Home in San Diego County
After a two-year delay, one of the largest craft distilleries to call San Diego County home has opened in a former furniture store on South Coast Highway in Oceanside. Pacific Coast Spirits, run by founder and head distiller Nicholas Hammond of Carlsbad, is both a liquor distillery and a restaurant/bar where customers can sip flights of house-made bourbons, gins and agave spirits and nosh on fish brined in the house brandy and waffles made from spent corn used in the rye whiskey. (The San Diego Union-Tribune)
Master The Art of Distilling
Ahead of ACSA's 7th Annual Distillers' Convention & Vendor Trade Show in Portland, Oregon, the following Master Classes will be offered. Take advantage of these pre-convention offerings to maximize your time and money in Portland. Click here or on the video above to learn more from ACSA Education Committee Co-Chairs Jake Holshue, Courtney McKee and Amber Pollock.

New Distillery Start-Up 101
In the beginning stages of planning your distillery? This overview will cover the basics of the industry including: finding a lender; creating a business plan; selecting your site, equipment, and material; safety and compliance; and sales and marketing.
Member Rate : $200;  Non-Member Rate : $350

Tasting and Sensory Class
This one-day course will start by examining the tasting biases that affect our judgements, and will also cover how to use tasting and sensory practices to ensure quality control, how to use barrels to target specific flavor development, and how to differentiate varieties and flavors of malt. 
Member Rate : $399;  Non-Member Rate : $699
ACSA's 7th Annual Convention & Vendor Trade Show Is
 Just 7 Weeks Away! Sponsorship Opportunities Are Still Available!
Give your brand a boost by becoming a sponsor for ACSA's 7th Annual Distillers' Convention & Vendor Trade Show March 29-31 in Portland, Oregon. A limited number of sponsorship opportunities, designed to maximize your marketing exposure, are still available. To learn more, contact Teresa McDaniel at 502.807.4249 or teresa@americancraftspirits.org .
Kentucky's New Riff Distilling Expands Distribution Across Michigan
Northern Kentucky's New Riff Distilling has announced expanded distribution of its products across Michigan beginning this week. (CraftSpiritsMag.com)
San Francisco's Seven Stills to Lose License for 90 Days
Seven Stills, a brewery and distillery based in San Francisco, is in hot water with the state of California. According to a weekend statement from co-founder Tim Obert, the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) has found the company in violation of 68 counts of tied-house laws, rules intended to protect small craft brewers from monopolistic behavior from far-larger counterparts. The violation means Seven Stills’ liquor license has been suspended for 90 days. (Eater)
Firefly Distillery Announces Grand Opening at New Location
Charleston, South Carolina's oldest working distillery is set to celebrate its new, huge Park Circle-adjacent location by hosting a grand opening party and music festival on May 2. This free event will feature a live music lineup and tours of the 25,000 square foot distillery. (Charleston City Paper)
Craft Spirits TV: Spirits Continue to Eat Beer's Lunch
In the latest episode, we talk about how spirits continue to take beverage alcohol share from beer and give a quick shout out to Japanese Craft Spirits Week in Los Angeles. Special thanks to Nielsen CGA and BW166 for the facts and figures.
Coming Friday: The February Issue of Craft Spirits Magazine
Check your inbox Friday morning for the February issue of Craft Spirits magazine. In our cover story, we explore the benefits of joining forces with other distilleries—whether it’s by city, state or region—to create a spirits trail. Other feature stories include a profile on making rum at high altitude and a look at Japan's spirits scene, and we seek answers on whether it's possible to make an 'agricole' rum in the U.S.

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