Craft Spirits Weekly
Welcome to the 96th 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 the American Craft Spirits Association.
Virginia Spirits Month Boosts Sales for Local Distillers
For the second straight year, the partnership among Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC), Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) and the Virginia Distillers Association (VDA), which proclaimed September as Virginia Spirits Month, has continued to drive revenue, lifting sales of Virginia distilled spirits by 20 percent over the same period last year and more than doubling sales at distillery stores over the first year. (The Drinkable Globe)  
Register Now: ACSA Convention & Vendor Trade Show Just 3 Months Away
Join fellow producers and other industry experts for the largest gathering of licensed craft spirits producers in the U.S. We'll be in Minneapolis, Minnesota February 10-12 with some cool pre-convention programs planned. And book your room now to take advantage of the exclusive discount rate of $119/night.
Distilleries Drive Entrepreneurial Boom in Wyoming
The movement is about building processing infrastructure locally and keeping money circulating in home communities, no matter how modest their size. It’s symbolic of an attitude that hasn’t been prevalent in Wyoming since WWII, though even then it was hanging on by a thread: an ethos of family-owned businesses that buy raw material locally, add value and serve local customers. (New Food Economy)
Chattanooga Whiskey Releases 2018 Native Series Brewery Collaborations
Chattanooga Whiskey announces the release of the 2018 Native Whiskey Series, an annual collaborative series of beer barrel finished bourbons. The Native Series features a collaborative partnership with local breweries, seven located in Chattanooga and one in Atlanta, to create eight unique stout-finished whiskeys (The Drinkable Globe)
Spirits Subscription Service Shots Box Officially Launches
Drinks enthusiasts will be able to discover unusual spirits as part of a new monthly subscription service in the U.S., called Shots Box. Shots Box will send subscribers 10 spirit samples every month and aims to connect craft distilleries with drinks fans in 41 states across America. (The Spirits Business)
St. Augustine Distillery Donates $3K for Hurricane Relief
St. Augustine Distillery donated nearly $3,000 to the 4 Star Association for Hurricane Michael relief efforts in Bay County, Florida. Members of the Saint Johns County Sheriff's Office were at the distillery to accept the donation Friday morning. (News 4 Jax) 
Oregon's Ye Ol Grog Distillery Releases Spirits-Infused Ice Cream
Ye Ol Grog Distillery in St. Helens, Oregon makes grog, vodka and—surprisingly—alcohol-infused ice cream. They said it can't be done. Yet, Ye Ol Grog Distillery has never played by the rules. (King 5 News )
Schenectady Distilling Co. Bottles First Batch

The Schenectady Distilling Co. affixed labels to bottles of its own product for the first time last week and debuted the spirits for sale last Friday. (The Daily Gazette)
Dallas-Based Devils River Launches Rye and Barrel Strength Whiskeys
Following the rapid growth and success of its 90 proof Small Batch Bourbon, Devils River Whiskey is on a mission to dominate its already expanding market presence by introducing two new whiskey expressions, Rye and Barrel Strength. (BevNet)
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