It’s time once again for the Craft Spirits Data Project to query you on the economics of the industry. The Craft Spirits Data Project, which ACSA conducts in conjunction with Park Street and the IWSR , provides the industry’s most detailed picture of the size, scope, growth trajectory and economic contributions of the craft distilling industry. This information will be critical as we continue our fight to keep the reduction in the Federal Excise Tax. We invite you to follow this link and spend a few minutes answering the survey.
An Offer You Can’t Refuse: Complimentary Registration for Distillery Safety Management 101 in Orlando, Florida IF You Book at Host Hotel
With just a week left before our first regional education program of 2019, we’re offering a special deal for registrants: If you book your room at the Hyatt Place Orlando/Lake Buena Vista , you’ll get a complimentary registration to the two-day education program on March 7 and 8, 2019. This program is presented by Industrial Safety & Training Services, which provides strategic safety and consulting services to chemical, petrochemical, education, public emergency responders, power generation, construction, distillery, automotive, warehousing, hospital, environmental, maritime, gas drilling, transportation, other commercial and industrial clients across the US.
Topics covered will include:
Introduction to OSHA
Record keeping (injury and illness)
Differences between first aid/OSHA recordable
Requirements of written policies (what OSHA expects)
Elements of a safety management program
Regulatory training requirements
Auditing and assessment skills
General OSHA compliance
Here is what past registrants in Ohio, during the June 2018 program, are saying about Distillery Safety Management 101:
“I thought it was exceptionally well done and I learned a lot, coming back inspired, invigorated, and ready to make our workplace safer and more compliant. ISTS did an amazing job, I really can’t say enough.”
“I thought the training was extremely useful and I’d recommend it, along with any other ACSA seminar to anyone.”
Following its successful launch in 2017, the second Heartland Spirits Whiskey Competition returns this spring, with blind judging to take place in Chicago the first week of June. The competition is open only to products made with corn. ACSA-sanctioned-and-supervised judging will include best-of-state awards for the inaugural Heartland states, and we expect to announce additional states in March. We will also have best of category and medalists in each category. The competition is made possible through the generous funding and support of your state corn grower associations. More details will be available soon. In the meantime, check out the winners from the 2017 competition.
Regional Focus: Arizona
As is the case in just about every U.S. state, the number of distilleries in Arizona has been growing significantly from year to year, according to the Craft Spirits Data Project. Here’s a look at some of what’s been happening in the great Southwest.
Known for its Del Bac brand, Hamilton Distillers in Tucscon has mastered the art of mesquite-smoked whiskey making. Hamilton operates its own malt house to help facilitate its innovations, all under the Del Bac Whiskey label. Among its single malt offerings are Mesquite-Smoked Del Bac Clear, Dorado and Winter Release, as well as Cask Strength and Classic Unsmoked. Hamilton captures the flavors of the Southwest in every bottle.
In the fall of 2017, Grand Canyon Brewing in Williams became the latest in a growing number of beer producers to integrate distilling into their operations. Now, Grand Canyon Distillery produces an expansive range of spirits, including Rum, Gin, Vodka, Prickly Pear Vodka, Orange Blossom Vodka and Un-Aged Corn Whiskey. Additionally, there are more than 50 barrels of Bourbon, Single Malt Whiskey and other spirits aging as we speak, waiting to be unleashed upon the world.
Speaking of brewers-turned-distillers, SanTan Distilling was born from the Chandler, Arizona brewery of the same name. Last summer the distillery rolled out its first products, Sacred Stave Single Malt Whiskey, aged in Arizona red wine barrels; Vodka and Kaffir Lime Vodka. SanTan uses only 1 00 percent American malted barley for both its whiskey and its vodka.
Elgin Distillery in the town of the same name, meanwhile, is part of a company known for another craft beverage: wine. Among the products coming out of the spirits arm of Arizona Craft Beverage are Arizona Straight Bourbon Whiskey, El Gin (get it?), Four Monkey Silver Rum, Four Monkey Ron Miel honeyed rum, Four Monkey Double Black Rum, Elgin Brandy 4 Year and Trevor’s Own Grape Vodka. But the distillery is, perhaps, best known for Regalo de Vida Rum, the Best in Show winner in last year’s ACSA Judging of Craft Spirits.
Tempe’s Arizona Distilling Co . has found success in multiple spirits categories as well, with its Commerce Gin, Desert Durum Wheat Whiskey, Copper City Bourbon, Humphrey’s Arizona Malt Whiskey, Park Rye Whiskey and Mission Vodka.
Arizona’s cocktail scene has been evolving quite rapidly, particularly in the greater Phoenix-Scottsdale area. Phoenix is home to its very own tiki bar, UnderTow, featuring classic tropical drinks, as well as some house originals, including Bridge of Two Cultures, Lost Loot, Dutchmen’s Demise and the Smoking Cannon. For a less South Seas-inspired cocktail experience, visit Scottsdale’s Second Story Restaurant and Liquor Bar,The Bourbon Cellar and Hush Public House .
Save the Date: 2019 Public Policy Conference
We’ll be returning to Capitol Hill for the 2019 ACSA and Distilled Spirits Council Public Policy Conference, July 22-24 at Phoenix Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. This is a critical year legislatively, with FET tax relief from the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act set to expire at the end of 2019, so we’ll need all hands on deck to ensure craft spirits producers voices are heard and Congress acts on our biggest priorities. More details will follow in the coming months.
2018 Annual Report Now Available
ACSA’s 2018 Annual Report is now available, The report includes a look back at all of our activities throughout 2018, as well as key government affairs initiatives, highlights from the most recent Craft Spirits Data Project and ACSA’s full annual budget. If you would like to receive a copy of the report, please e-mail Carason Lehmann at firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to include the subject line “2018 Annual Report.” Also, the report is now available for download in PDF form at the ACSA website.
We showcase notable books of interest to the craft spirits community.
Dead Distillers: A History of the Upstarts and Outlaws Who Made American Spirits
Author: Colin Spoelman and David Haskell
Publisher: Abrams Image
Dead Distillers, from the founders of Kings County Distillery , is a spirited portrait of the unusual and storied origins of forgotten drunkenness.
The book presents fifty fascinating—and sometimes morbid—biographies from this historic trade’s bygone days, including farmers, scientists, oligarchs, criminals and the occasional US president. Readers may be surprised to find the names George Washington, Henry Frick or Andrew Mellon alongside the usual suspects long associated with booze—Jasper “Jack” Daniel, Jim Beam, and Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle. From the Whiskey Rebellion to Prohibition to the recent revival of craft spirits, the history of whiskey, moonshine, and other spirits remains an important part of Americana. Featuring historical photos, infographics, walking-tour maps, and noteworthy vintage newspaper clippings, Dead Distillers is a rich visual and textual reference to a key piece of American history.
As New York City’s first female whiskey sommelier, Greene introduces audiences to the spirit’s charms and challenges the boys’ club sensibilities that have made whiskey seem inaccessible, with surprising new research that shows the crucial importance of “nosing” whiskey. Through lively tastings, speaking engagements, and classes such as the popular “Whiskey as an Aphrodisiac,” Greene has been demystifying whiskey the way Andrea Immer did wine a decade ago.
In this lively and authoritative guide, Greene uses bright visuals, an easy-to-read format, and the familiar vocabulary of wine to teach readers about whiskey and encourage them to make their own evaluations. Peppered with wry anecdotes drawn from her unusual life—and including recipes for delicious cocktails by some of today’s most celebrated mixologists— Whiskey Distilled will be enthusiastically greeted by the whiskey curious as well as by journeymen whiskey drinkers thirsty to learn more about their beloved tipple.
“A helpful compass for those setting off on a first whiskey exploration.”
The TTB has issued 2,909 DSPs! Find the full list here.
Irish Whiskey was once the world’s most popular spirit. At its peak there were more than 1,200 producers on the Emerald Isle. That number shrank to just three by the twentieth century and only now, with the renaissance of Irish distilling, has that number begun to surge again, with at least three-dozen Irish whiskey makers at last count.
Check out these cocktails to help March come in like a lion via Liquor.com.