Craft Spirits Weekly
Welcome to the 190th 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. We are also offering a 15-month membership for the price of 12 months (existing members will receive an additional three months). This offer will expire on Sept. 30. If you are not a member, learn more about joining here.
Virginia Gov. Appoints Catoctin Creek's Scott Harris to State Spirits Board
Scott Harris, co-founder and general manager of Catoctin Creek Distilling Co., has been appointed to the Virginia Spirits Board by Governor Ralph Northam, overseeing the operations and marketing of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC). ( 
Proof & Wood Ventures Expands Portfolio with Exodus Rum
Proof & Wood Ventures has just expanded its portfolio with Exodus Rum, a blend of pot still and column still rums distilled and partially aged in Jamaica and then blended and bottled in Bardstown, Kentucky. (
Please Respond to the TTB 2020 Customer Satisfaction Survey
The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is requesting your feedback. Help shape TTB's services by participating in its 2020 Customer Satisfaction Survey. TTB wants to hear about your experiences with current TTB services and what it can do to increase your level of satisfaction in the future. If you have not received your survey invitation e-mail from TTB, please request one at The survey should take less than 10 minutes, participation is voluntary, and your responses will remain anonymous.
FEW Spirits Immortalizes Its New Rye with Tea
FEW Spirits of Evanston, Illinois announced the release of FEW Immortal Rye, cask-strength FEW Straight Rye Whiskey proofed to bottling strength with cold-extracted “8 Immortals” tea from renowned Denver-based tea purveyor, The Tea Spot. Immortal Rye is thought to be the first product to apply this proofing technique using tea. (
Reminder: Virtual Public Policy Conference Begins in 5 Days
Distillers from across the country will gather virtually September 15-16 for the distilled spirits industry’s annual Public Policy Conference co-hosted by the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) and Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS).
Distillery 291 to Mark 9th Anniversary with E Colorado Whiskey Batch #8
Celebrating its 9th anniversary this week, Distillery 291 plans to release the 8th iteration in its line of experimental, barrel-proof whiskeys. 291 E Colorado Whiskey Batch #8 is a blended wheat and malt barley, 130.9-proof whiskey, finished with the distillery’s traditional aspen staves. (
N.C.'s Seven Jars Distillery to Release Ava Gardner-Inspired Bourbon
Seven Jars Distillery, a Charlotte-based business, has partnered with the Ava Gardner Trust and Legacy Talent and Entertainment to produce a unique Ava Gardner Select Bourbon Whiskey, which will be available for a limited release beginning on October 16, 2020. (
USBG Announces National Education Week, October 4-10
The United States Bartenders' Guild (USBG) confirmed that the organization’s National Education Week 2020 will be held October 4-10. National Education Week is an initiative of the USBG National Education Committee consisting of educational seminars available to members and serves as a collective effort to raise awareness of the educational opportunities that the USBG provides to its members each year. (
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.

September 16: No Craft Spirits Live Due to Public Policy Conference
September 23: Ryan Christiansen, Caledonia Spirits
September 30: Alex Castle, Old Dominick Distillery
October 7: Taka Amano, American Shochu Company
October 14: Kim & Tom Bard, The Bard Distillery

Not sure how Instagram Live works? Click here to learn more.
Bitters Maker Dashfire Launches Line of Spirit-Based Coffees
Minnetonka, Minnesota-based Dashfire, known for its line of bitters, has unveiled Café Dashfire—what it says is first line of hard coffee made in the Gopher State. Café Dashfire hard coffees feature botanicals that highlight the spirits and coffee. (
Can Supplier Ball Corp. Building New Plant in Pennsylvania
Ball Corp. announced its plan to build a new U.S. aluminum beverage packaging plant in Pittston, Pennsylvania. (
Reminder: Importance of Registering Sanitizer
Recently, ACSA leadership met with the FDA and the biggest takeaways were the importance of following current FDA guidelines and the necessity to register if you are producing hand sanitizer, packaging or labeling for distribution (either for sale or donation). You must also register with the FDA if you are manufacturing ethanol for use by others in making sanitizer.

If you believe a distillery is producing or distributing hand sanitizer or ethanol in a manner that is inconsistent with recent federal regulations and guidelines published for use during the COVID-19 public health emergency, please click here.

And if you haven't already added your distillery to our list of DSPs producing hand sanitizers, click here.

Additionally, FDA recently announced that it is providing a laboratory testing method to assess the quality of finished hand sanitizer products.

This testing method can be used to help assure hand sanitizers contain the correct ingredients and do not contain harmful levels of impurities. To read the full bulletin on the FDA's laboratory testing method, click here.
New Deadline: Get a 15-month Membership for the Price of 12 Months
As distillers continue to operate during a difficult time of uncertainty, new and lapsed ACSA members are receiving a 15-month membership for the price of 12 months. We've extended the deadline for this offer and it will now expire on Sept. 30.
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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.)