Craft Spirits Weekly
Welcome to the 171st 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.
Texas Whiskey Association Asks Gov. to Waive DtC Restrictions
The Texas Whiskey Association announced the expansion of its #StillStrongTX Campaign supporting Texas distillers in producing and distributing hand sanitizer during the COVID-19 crisis. The association is asking Texas Governor Greg Abbott to use his authority to waive certain direct-to-consumer sales restrictions imposed uniquely on operators with Texas Distillers & Rectifiers permits. (CraftSpiritsMag.com)
Koloa Rum Co. Expands Distribution on Mainland
Hawai`i’s award-winning Koloa Rum Co. announces the expansion of mainland distribution for its premium rums and ready-to-drink blends to Virginia, Wisconsin and Michigan, in addition to securing new retail accounts with Walmart stores throughout Florida. (CraftSpiritsMag.com)
Join Us for Craft Spirits Live on Instagram
Join ACSA each Wednesday 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. In our first two episodes, we chatted with Amber Pollock of Backwards Distilling Co. and Brandon O'Daniel of Copper & Kings American Brandy Co.

UPCOMING GUESTS

May 6 : Courtney McKee, Headframe Spirits

May 13 : Maggie Campbell, Privateer Rum

May 20 : Becky Harris, Catoctin Creek Distilling Co.

May 27 : Jake Holshue, Old Trestle Distillery

June 3: Molly Troupe, Freeland Spirits

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 Instagram.com.  And you can also watch a replay in our Instagram Stories for up to 24 hours after the interview.
Infuse Spirits Appoints Joe Castrilli Vice President of National Accounts
Infuse Spirits Group L.L.C. announced the appointment of Joe Castrilli as its vice president of national accounts, effective May 1.  (CraftSpiritsMag.com)
Are you on our list of distilleries making sanitizers?
ACSA has compiled a list of hundreds of distilleries that are making hand sanitizer or sanitizing spray, but we know that many are missing from the list. If you haven't already added your distillery or confirmed that you are on the list, please click the link below.
Catch Up On Free COVID-19 Webinars
Funds for USBG’s COVID-19 Relief Campaign Have More Than Tripled
The USBG National Charity Foundation recently announced that the dollars distributed for grants under the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program’s COVID-19 Relief Campaign have more than tripled since the first funds were sent out and that its team of more than 500 volunteers has logged more than 10,000 hours screening applications. (CraftSpiritsMag.com)
Bar Convent Brooklyn Announces Virtual Learning
As the world adapts to the “new normal,” the organizers of Bar Convent Brooklyn (BCB) want to continue to bring you virtual educational content. As we previously reported, BCB has been postponed from June to August 11-12. To bridge the gap until then, BCB wants the industry to “stay in shape” by broadening participants’ knowledge of spirits and helping you sharpen your skills and even develop new ones. (CraftSpiritsMag.com)
Talnua Distillery to Host Virtual Cocktail Classes
Talnua Distillery of Arvada, Colorado, is hosting a series of virtual cocktail classes on May 1 and 2. Participants have the option of adding on a home cocktail making kit, which can be picked up or delivered in advance of the class. (CraftSpiritsMag.com)
St. Augustine Distillery Seeks Relaxed Regulations
Florida distilleries are seeking relaxed regulations from the state on selling directly to customers, a move business owners said would help them weather financial impacts of COVID-19. Among the distillery owners seeking changes is Phil McDaniel, CEO of the St. Augustine Distillery. (The St. Augustine Record)
St. Louis Breweries Collaborating with Local Distillery on Charity Whiskey
Several St. Louis area breweries and a new whiskey distillery are teaming up to help those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. They’ve designed a limited-edition Common Bond whiskey that uses beer brewing ingredients to create a single malt whiskey that will be aged for one year in Missouri oak barrels. (KSDK)
ACSA CEO to Participate in VinExpo Webinar on Evolving Spirits Landscape
ACSA CEO Margie A.S. Lehrman will be among the speakers on a free webinar titled
"The Evolving Landscape of the Wine & Spirits Industry," on Tuesday, May 5 at 11 a.m. ET. (CraftSpiritsMag.com)
Craft Spirits TV: Montanya Distillers Confronts the Pandemic
In this episode, Karen Hoskin of Colorado's Montanya Distillers describes how COVID-19 has hit home. Plus, ChainBridge Distillery, Boot Hill and Wigle accept their medals from this year's ACSA Judging of Craft Spirits.
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