Craft Spirits Weekly
Welcome to the 209th 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.
Uber to Acquire Drizly
Uber Technologies, Inc. and e-commerce beverage alcohol marketplace Drizly announced this week that they have reached an agreement for Uber to acquire Drizly for approximately $1.1 billion in stock and cash. After the completion of the transaction, Drizly will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Uber. Drizly’s marketplace will eventually be integrated with the Uber Eats app, while also maintaining a separate Drizly app. ( 
Tales of the Cocktail Announces Return in Digital Format
Tales of the Cocktail Foundation (TOTCF) is pleased to announce the dates for Tales of the Cocktail 2021 (TOTC). The world’s largest cocktail conference will return for its 19th year from Sept. 20-23, 2021, in a digital format that will be available free of charge to cocktail professionals and enthusiasts across the globe, with supplemental physical activations in key cities around the globe, wherever safe and feasible. (
Survey: Most Important Issues Facing Craft Spirits
Now that FET relief is permanent, what do you see as the most important issues facing the craft spirits community? Please take our quick, one-question survey to voice your opinion.
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
New York State Distillers Guild Releases 2020 Economic Impact Study
The New York State Distillers Guild, the trade association of distilled spirits producers in New York State, released its 2020 Economic Impact Study of the New York State Distilled Spirits Industry. Prepared by John Dunham & Associates (JDA), the study evaluates the contributions of New York’s distilling industry from 2019 to June 2020 across several focus areas, including manufacturing, agriculture, tourism, hospitality, and retail. ( 
Durham Distillery Releases Conniption Barrel Aged Gin Series No. 1
Durham Distillery has unveiled Conniption Barrel Aged Gin Series No. 1 2020 Release, the newest member of the Conniption Gin family, joining Conniption Navy Strength gin and Conniption American Dry gin. Conniption Barrel Aged Gin No. 1 is the first in a series of aged gins to be introduced annually. (
Catoctin Creek to Release Rabble Rouser Bottled in Bond Rye
Catoctin Creek Distilling Co. of Purcellville, Virginia, is releasing its annual Rabble Rouser Bottled in Bond Rye Whisky on Monday, Feb. 8. One of Catoctin Creek’s most sought-after whiskys, owners Scott and Becky Harris are excited to offer more than 100 cases nationwide, which is double what was available last year. (
Heavenly Spirits Adds Bastille 1789 Single Malt Whisky to its Portfolio
Lakeville, Massachusetts-based speciality importer Heavenly Spirits has added Bastille 1789 Whisky and Bastille 1789 Single Malt Whisky to its growing portfolio of award-winning spirits, which already includes ArmoriK Single Malt Whiskies, made in Britany, France. (
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.

February 10th: Dr. Sonat Birnecker Hart, KOVAL Distillery
February 17th: Mark Beres, Flying Leap Distillery
February 24th: Jeff Pennington and Carter Collins, Pennington Distilling Co.
April 7th: Pia Carusone, Republic Restoratives

Not sure how Instagram Live works? Click here to learn more.
Watch the Latest Episodes of Craft Spirits TV
It's Groundhog Day with Wigle Whiskey!
Wigle Whiskey co-founder Meredith Meyer Grelli talks Punxsutawney Phil and the distillery's collaboration with the Groundhog Club on Phil's Shadow Maple Finished Rye Whiskey, as well as Wigle's sister cidery Threadbare's Phil's Burrow Rum Raisin Cider.
Climate Neutral at Appalachian Gap
Vermont's Appalachian Gap Distillery pursues Climate Neutral Certification.
International Sugarcane Spirits Awards Announces Inaugural Winners
The International Sugarcane Spirits Awards has announced the full list of winners for its inaugural year. Following a month of tastings from 40 international, expert judges, a total of 16 gold medals have been awarded in categories spanning every kind of sugarcane spirit. (
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.)