Craft Spirits Weekly
Welcome to the 205th issue of Craft Spirits Weekly. This newsletter is 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.
HHS Announces Long-Term Sanitizer Fee Exemption for Distilleries
The American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) this week received confirmation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that it has crafted a long-term solution to exclude craft distilleries and other small producers from paying the onerous Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fees imposed on those making hand sanitizer during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Following 24 hours of ongoing discussions with ACSA, senior HHS leadership informed the Association that craft spirits producers will not be subject to the fees for a period of 12 months after the end of the calendar year in which the COVID-19 national health emergency is declared over. In other words, if the emergency officially ends any time during 2021, distilleries will be exempt through December 31, 2022. ( 
Upcoming Webinar: Deciphering the 2020 Stimulus and Government Funding Legislation: What's in it for My Small Business?
On Friday, Jan. 8 at 3 p.m. EST/2 p.m. CST/1 p.m. MST/Noon PST, ACSA public policy adviser Jim Hyland will detail what's in the massive government funding and stimulus package just signed into law by the president. Upon conclusion of this Zoom meeting, you'll know what other provisions may impact your business, beyond FET relief. We created this "crash course" on this 2020 legislation for your convenience, unless you plan to peruse thousands of pages on your own. 
Tattersall Launches Manhattan and Old Fashioned Cocktail Shorties
Tattersall Distilling of Minneapolis announced today that its bottled Manhattan and Old Fashioned will now be available as cocktail shorties. Unlike most single-serve, pre-mixed cocktails on the market, Tattersall has opted for 100-mL glass bottle packaging and uses its own house-made spirits. This marks the first time any Tattersall product will be available in this format. (
The Digest of Wine & Spirits Law Launches New Notifications
The Digest of Wine & Spirits Law is excited to announce the launch of a long-awaited new option for subscribers. The Digest can now send email notifications. (
Newport Craft Partners with The Whiskey Dealer to Ship Spirits
Newport Craft Brewing and Distilling Co. of Newport, Rhode Island, today announced a partnership with The Whiskey Dealer, providing customers with the luxury of enjoying Newport Craft’s spirits across the country. Shipping to 33 states, customers can now have Newport Craft spirits ordered and shipped to their door. (
The Craft Spirits Podcast: Jeff Kanof of Copperworks Distilling Co.
Jeff Kanof is the vice president and co-owner of Seattle’s Copperworks Distilling Co. and an ACSA board member and secretary/treasurer. In this episode, Kanof discusses federal excise tax reform; his journey from law to distilling; a passion for beer that he shares with Copperworks co-founders Jason Parker and Micah Nutt; and some recent releases from the distillery, including Copperworks Washington Peated American Single Malt Whiskey. 
Have you registered for ACSA's Judging of Craft Spirits?
ACSA's 8th Annual Judging of Craft Spirits is now open for entries. ACSA takes great pride in conducting a rigorously professional judging program that recognizes the best craft spirits in the categories of Vodka/Grain, Gin, Brandy, Rum, Ready-to-Drink, Whiskey, and Specialty Spirits.

Register now to take advantage of general registration fees until Feb. 28. The late riser fee will be from March 1 until registration closes on March 12.

All spirits must be received by March 17. The competition is open to all producers of craft spirits in the United States. Due to COVID-19 we will not be accepting international entries in this year's competition.

General Fee: $250 per entry
Late Riser: $275 per entry
From CRAFT SPIRITS Magazine: Digital Switch
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to rethink nearly every aspect of our daily lives and business operations, and sales and marketing budgets are certainly not immune. In order to see how distilleries across the nation have adjusted in 2020, we sought the advice of craft spirits makers who have found success in digital offerings via social media and more. (CRAFT SPIRITS magazine)
Kentucky Bourbon Festival Unveils New Logo
This week, organizers of the Kentucky Bourbon Festival unveiled a new logo to celebrate the festival’s 30th anniversary. (
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.

January 13th: Karen Hoskin, Montanya Distillers
January 20th: Rob Masters, The Family Jones
January 27th: Richard Anderson, Iron Fish Distillery
February 3rd: Lorna Conrad, Corsair Distillery

Not sure how Instagram Live works? Click here to learn more.
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 January issue of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine.

This issue includes:

  • All of the medalists from the inaugural Craft Spirits Packaging Awards
  • A feature story on distilleries reviving pre-Prohibition distilleries and brands
  • A look at the benefits of using specialty malts
  • Alluring cocktail recipes from ACSA members
  • And much more!
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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.)