Craft Spirits Weekly
Welcome to the 226th 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.
Uncle Nearest Starts $50 Million Fund for Minority-Owned Spirits Brands
This week, Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey announced the formation of the Uncle Nearest Venture Fund. The $50 million fund was created specifically to invest in rapidly growing, minority-founded and owned spirit brands. (
Do Good Spirits Launches Bootlegger New York Craft Barrel Aged Gin
Do Good Spirits, formerly Prohibition Distillery, announces the latest iteration of its Bootlegger New York Craft Barrel Aged Gin, adding another expression to its award-winning portfolio. (
EU Suspends Doubling of Tariff on Whiskey Until November
This week, the European Commission published an implementing regulation in the EU Official Journal suspending the doubling of its tariff on American Whiskey and other U.S. goods for six months until November 30, 2021. (
ACSA Past President Gives Testimony to Congressional Committee
Chris Montana, ACSA’s immediate past president and the founder of Du Nord Craft Spirits in Minneapolis, gave testimony to members of Congress via Zoom last week on behalf of craft spirits producers. (
Heartland Whiskey Competition Registration is Now Open
Registration for the third biennial Heartland Whiskey Competition is now open. The competition is open to craft whiskeys from all 50 states that incorporate corn in their mash bill. Top mixologists, brand ambassadors and whiskey aficionados will judge the competition.

Starting now through June 30, enter two of your spirits and get the third one free!

The deadline for entries is July 14 with a spirits delivery deadline of July 18. 

This competition is generously sponsored by the following state corn association marketing boards. ACSA extends very special thanks to all of them for their support.

  • Colorado Corn Administrative Committee
  • Illinois Corn Marketing Board
  • Indiana Corn Marketing Council
  • Iowa Corn Promotion Board
  • Kansas Corn Commission
  • Kentucky Corn Promotion Council
  • Ohio Corn Marketing Program
  • The Corn Marketing Program Of Michigan
  • Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council
  • Missouri Corn Merchandising Council
  • Nebraska Corn Growers Association
  • New York Corn & Soybean Growers Association
  • Corn Growers Association of North Carolina
  • North Dakota Corn Council
  • Texas Corn Producers
  • Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board
  • Tennessee Corn Promotion Council
Craft Spirits Podcast: Jason Ericson of Eastside Distilling
In the latest episode of The Craft Spirits Podcast, Jason Ericson of Eastside Distilling chatted about his road to distilling; Eastside’s new award-winning limited-edition collection of spirits; the benefits of aging in Oregon oak; the rise of Portland’s craft spirits scene; and more.
Tattersall Distilling Welcomes Six New Distribution Markets
Minneapolis-based Tattersall Distilling announced today the addition of six new markets to its distribution, including California, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Galveston, Texas. This brings the distillery’s total distribution to 30 markets across the country as demand for its all-natural spirits and liqueurs continues to rise. (
Kicking off Great Outdoors Month, Park City, Utah-based High West Distillery announces the launch of Prairie Dash, a limited-time mobile game crafted in support of long-time partner and non-profit organization, American Prairie. (
Rare George Washington Distillery Letter Goes on Display
More than 100 guests enjoyed cocktails and an opportunity to preview a rare letter penned by George Washington about his profitable distillery at a special event last week in the historic Decatur House courtyard in Washington, D.C. (
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Lost Explorer Mezcal Partners with Infuse Spirits for Distribution
The Lost Explorer Mezcal, an award-winning, sustainably crafted and Oaxacan-cultivated mezcal, announces expanded distribution across the U.S. by partnering with Infuse Spirits Group. (
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.


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Read the Latest Issue of CRAFT SPIRITS Magazine
The American Craft Spirits Association proudly presents the May 2021 issue of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine. In our cover story, distillers around the nation weigh in on their adventures with heirloom corn. As our editor in chief writes, "Many, perhaps most, of you don’t work with heirloom corn (or even make whiskey, for that matter), but the piece is about all of you. That’s because craft spirits, regardless of what fermentable substrate you use, is an heirloom industry."

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