Vol. 297

From the editors of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine, Craft Spirits Weekly is produced by the American Craft Spirits Association for its members. Not a member? Click here to join.

This week, we're focusing on Lisa Wicker's departure from Widow Jane; Boston Beer Co.'s entry into tequila RTDs; a 40th anniversary whiskey release from St. George Spirits; and more!


Register Now for Our 10th Anniversary Distillers' Convention and Vendor

Trade Show

We are thrilled to announce that registration is now open for ACSA's 10th Anniversary Distillers' Convention and Vendor Trade Show! Whether you need a pick-me-up, fresh ideas to distribute your product, a technical boost, or simply want to reward your team while also benefiting your business, we've got it all covered! As we celebrate 10 years of ACSA, you'll enjoy new social and networking events with opportunities to meet new and old friends Feb. 10-12 in Portland, Oregon.

Attendee Early Bird Rates (Until Nov. 18, 2022)

Members*: $625

Additional Members: $425

Non-Members: $825

Additional Non-Members: $475

Attendee Regular Rates (Starting Nov. 19, 2022)

Members: $650

Additional Members: $450

Non-Members: $875

Additional Non-Members: $625

Attendee Late Riser Rates (Starting Jan. 15, 2023)

Members: $695

Non-Members: $895

*ACSA members must be logged into ACSA's website to receive discounted attendee pricing. If you have trouble logging into your ACSA account please email membership@americancraftspirits.org.

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Widow Jane Announces Departure of Lisa Wicker

Brooklyn, New York-based Widow Jane announces that master distiller Lisa Wicker will leave the company in November and return to Kentucky full time. (CRAFT SPIRITS magazine)

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Boston Beer Co. Introduces Loma Vista Tequila Soda RTDs

The Boston Beer Co., makers of Samuel Adams, Truly Hard Seltzer, Twisted Tea, Angry Orchard and Dogfish Head, announces the launch of Loma Vista Tequila Soda (5.5% ABV), a spirits-based, ready-to drink (RTD) beverage made from premium tequila blanco, real lime juice, carbonated water and natural flavors. (CRAFT SPIRITS magazine)

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St. George Spirits Unveils 40th Anniversary Single Malt Whiskey

St. George Spirits of Alameda, California, announces the upcoming release of a very special 40th Anniversary Edition of St. George Single Malt Whiskey, as well as Lot 22. (CRAFT SPIRITS magazine)

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Maggie’s Farm to Open New Production Distillery

Allegheny Distilling, the producer of Maggie’s Farm Rum and Personal Day Vodka Hard Seltzer, has announced plans to open a new 22,0000-square-foot production distillery. (CRAFT SPIRITS magazine)

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Please Update Your ACSA Contact Information

As we move into our 10th year, we continue to work diligently on your behalf to advocate, educate and connect you to others in our craft spirits community. In the coming weeks, we will be sending a gift as a small token of appreciation for being part of this special community and for your support. However, you will only receive this special and exclusive treat if you update your company and contact name, mailing address and mobile phone number.


To ensure that you stay informed and on top of emerging issues and receive our information and materials in a timely and efficient manner, we ask that you please take a minute to go to this link to update your contact information.


Please be sure to update your mailing address and contact information now so that you receive this premium gift.


We are excited about celebrating 10 years of service to our members and encourage you to join us by participating in our events for the rest of this year and into 2023.


Jeptha Creed Distillery of Shelbyville, Kentucky, will release Red, White & Blue Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey on Veterans Day.

Middle West Spirits of Columbus, Ohio, announced that Chris Connolly has joined the team as executive chef for Service Bar.

Detroit City Distillery and Bees in the D have united again to release their limited-edition Honey Bourbon and Bourbon Barrel-aged Honey.

B.H. James Distillers of Adairville, Kentucky, will host its grand opening on Nov. 5.

Cathead Distillery of Jackson, Mississippi, is proud to support Music Maker Foundation with a 2022 limited release of Tintype Old Soul Bourbon, Series 1.

Seattle-based Fast Penny Spirits has chosen Another Round, Another Rally to be the next partner in its Pretty Penny give back program. 


Christian and Blake Huber of Starlight Distillery

Our latest guests on The Craft Spirits Podcast are Christian and Blake Huber of Starlight Distillery and Huber’s Orchard and Winery. The brothers are seventh-generation members of their family farm in Borden, Indiana. In July, the distillery’s Carl T. Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey earned best of whiskey and best in show at ACSA’s 9th annual Judging of Craft Spirits. In this episode, Christian and Blake discuss Starlight’s single barrel program; how making wine influences Starlight’s whiskey production; and growing up around the craft spirits industry. 

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Read the New Issue of CRAFT SPIRITS Magazine

The September/October issue of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine is here, and our cover story examines how some sectors of retail need to catch up to meet the demand for craft gin. This issue also features stories about brand extensions, formula matters, distilling in Maine and more.

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Join Us In The V.I.P. Lounge

Our V.I.P. Lounge members receive each issue of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine one week early, and our $40- and $60-per-year supporters are invited to virtual meet-and-greets with craft spirits icons. To unlock additional bonuses, like a set of CRAFT SPIRITS-branded Glencairn glasses, join us in the V.I.P. Lounge today.

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Send News to CRAFT SPIRITS Magazine

Do you have exciting stories to share about your distillery? Keep us posted on new products, events, trends, tips and more by sending us a note at news@americancraftspirits.org.


Members: Download Updated ACSA Member Logos

Show your pride for the American Craft Spirits Association on your website and more with our updated member logos!

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ACSA Starts Facebook Group for Voting Members
In an effort to use the platforms that you most often use, ACSA started a private Facebook group for voting members only (open to all employees of member DSPs). The group will be an environment to not only ask questions without judgement, but to provide input and feedback to colleagues based upon members’ experiences and best practices. If you would like to be added to the group, please send an email to carason@americancraftspirits.org.
The ACSA PAC Needs Your Support
ACSA’s public policy advocacy on behalf of its members is critical to making sure our community’s voice is heard on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures. A crucial piece of this strategy is a strong Political Action Committee (PAC) and to maintain this presence, we need your support, particularly during a mid-term election year.
The easiest way to engage and learn more is to go to our website and log in to ACSA. 
Should you have any questions about ACSA’s PAC, or ACSA’s public policy initiatives, please write to acsapac@americancraftspirits.org.
ACSA would like to thank all of our annual sponsors and our key supporters of education. We are grateful for all of your support throughout the year. Cheers!
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The American Craft Spirits Association is the only national registered nonprofit 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.)