From time to time, ACSA partners with related groups to continue to elevate and advocate for the community of craft spirits producers. The Public Policy Conference allows spirits industry professionals from across the country to meet with Congress as part of the ongoing effort to ensure that the reduction in the Federal Excise Tax (FET) is made permanent. BevCon provided four distillers the chance to pour at their tasting events. The Corn Growers Association partnered with ACSA to host a Heartland Spirits Judging Competition. See who medaled in that event. Bar Convent Brooklyn offered seven distillers the opportunity to place their remarkable craft spirits on the ACSA branded bar.
2019 Public Policy Conference
The American Craft Spirits Association and the Distilled Spirits Council held their annual Public Policy Conference on July 22-24, 2019, in Washington, DC, where members of the distilled spirits sector met with lawmakers and advocated in support of critically important issues.
Key conference features included individual and group meetings with key members of Congress, including those from the attendees’ home state, a briefing with the Tax and Trade Bureau, and updates in emerging areas of our trade. Moreover, attendees had opportunities to network and feature their brands during receptions with opinion leaders, media, and colleagues.
Bar Convent Brooklyn
Craft spirits producers connected with bar and restaurant owners and managers, bartenders, beverage directors and distributors this summer at Bar Convent Brooklyn (BCB), a leading bar and beverage trade show that hosted its second appearance in the U.S. on June 11th and 12th, 2019. This event provided a rare opportunity for craft distillers to showcase their world-class products in front of a vast cross-section of industry decision-makers, all under one roof. Nine ACSA member distilleries gathered at the ACSA Craft Spirits Pavilion to share their spirits and stories with attendees from across the country and around the globe. The distilleries include:
- Cardinal Spirits (Bloomington, IN)
- Copper & Kings (Louisville, KY)
- Golden Moon Distillery (Golden, CO)
- Gulch Distillers (Helena, MT)
- Mad River Distillers (Warren, VT)
- Pennsylvania Pure Distilleries (Glenshaw, PA)
- Round Turn Distilling (Biddeford, ME)
- Wiggly Bridge Distillery (York, ME)
- Wigle Whiskey (Pittsburgh, PA)
2019 Heartland Whiskey Competition
The American Craft Spirits Association, in cooperation with the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, sanctioned the Heartland Whiskey Competition to honor a grain that is all important to our industry. The competition was held at CH Distillery in Chicago, IL on June 4th.
In addition to gold, silver, and bronze medals, craft producers in one of the 13 corn-supported states competed for a “Best of State” award. This competition included state awards for: Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Colorado, North Dakota, and Texas.
August 2018 featured this special event. Four ACSA member distilleries, who won ACSA’s lottery, showcased their spirits at two exclusive events at BevCon in Los Angeles, Sunday, August 19 through Tuesday, August 21.
- Backwards Distilling Company (Mills, WY) poured Strongman Gin, Contortionist Gin, Milk Can Cinnamon Moonshine
- Republic Restoratives (Washington, DC) poured CIVIC Vodka, Borough Bourbon, Rodham Rye, Chapmans Apple Brandy
- CALI Distillery (Los Angeles, CA) poured CALI California Sipping Whiskey, Riptide Cask Strength Rye Whiskey, Mavericks Doublewood Small Batch American Whiskey*, Sukkah Hill Spirits Etrog Liqueur, Sukkah Hill Spirits Besamim Liqueur and Mavericks Eighty Eight* (*pre-release)
- Blinking Owl Distillery (Santa Ana, CA) showcased its Vodka, OC Orange Vodka, Aquavit, Gin and Old Tom Gin
Bar Convent Brooklyn
June 2018 featured this special event. Craft spirits producers connected with bar and restaurant owners and managers, bartenders, beverage directors and distributors at Bar Convent Brooklyn, the inaugural U.S.-based edition of Europe’s largest bar industry trade show, Bar Convent Berlin. The event provided a rare opportunity for craft distillers to showcase their world-class products in front of a vast cross-section of industry decision-makers, all under one roof. Six ACSA member distilleries gathered at the ACSA booth to share their spirits and stories with attendees from across the country and around the globe. Here are some of the highlights:
- Appalachian Gap Distillery (Middlebury, VT) poured samples from its eclectic portfolio, including Mythic Gin, Papilio agave- and maple-syrup-based spirit, Ridgeline Barrel-Aged Whiskey and Snowfall corn, barley and rye white whiskey.
- Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. (Louisville, KY) mixed cocktails with its Apple Brandy, American Brandy, Butchertown Brandy and Orange Curaçao.
- Du Nord Craft Spirits (Minneapolis, MN) gave attendees a taste of Mixed Blood Blended Whiskey, Fitzgerald Gin, Apple Liqueur and Frieda Coffee Liqueur.
- Hamilton Distillers (Tucson, AZ) offered at taste of Southwestern terroir in its Del Bac Dorado Mesquite-Smoked Single Malt, Del Bac Clear Mesquite Smoked Single Malt, Del Bac Classic Unsmoked Single Malt and Del Bac Distillers Cut Cask Strength Single Malt.
- Maggie’s Farm Rum (Pittsburgh, PA) demonstrated the versatility of the molasses-based spirit in its Spiced and Queen’s Share Rums, as well as its Coffee and Falernum rum-based liqueurs.
- Round Turn Distilling’s (Biddeford, ME) Hemingway-inspired Bimini Gin is proof that exciting things are happening within the vibrant American gin scene.