Special Events

From time to time, ACSA partners with related groups to continue to elevate and advocate for the community of craft spirits producers. The Corn Growers Association partnered with ACSA to host a biennial Heartland Whiskey Competition. Bar Convent Brooklyn offered distillers the opportunity to place their remarkable craft spirits on the ACSA Craft Spirits Pavilion. The Public Policy Conference allowed spirits industry professionals from across the country to meet with Congress. BevCon provided four distillers the chance to pour at their tasting events.

2021 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: CORN!

Top mixologists, brand ambassadors, and whiskey aficionados, who recognize a good dram or two, judged the 2021 entries on July 23 in Louisville, KY. Click here to view the press release.

Bar Convent Brooklyn

Craft spirits producers connected with bar and restaurant owners and managers, bartenders, beverage directors and distributors at Bar Convent Brooklyn (BCB), a leading bar and beverage trade show that hosted its third appearance in the U.S., on August 17-18, 2021. 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. 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.

BCB 2021

The distilleries included:

  • Backwards Distilling Co. (Casper, WY)
  • Distillery 291 (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • Martin Ryan Distilling Co. (Portland, OR)
  • New York Distilling Co. (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Round Turn Distilling (Biddeford, ME)
  • Wiggly Bridge Distillery (York, ME)
  • Wigle Whiskey (Pittsburgh, PA)

BCB 2019

The distilleries included:

  • 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)

BCB 2018

The distilleries included:

  • Appalachian Gap Distillery (Middlebury, VT)
  • Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. (Louisville, KY)
  • Du Nord Craft Spirits (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Hamilton Distillers (Tucson, AZ)
  • Maggie’s Farm Rum (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Round Turn Distilling (Biddeford, ME)

2021 Public Policy Conference

More than 200 distilled spirits producers from nearly all U.S. states paid a virtual visit to the nation’s capital for the distilling industry’s two-day annual Public Policy Conference, co-hosted by the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) and the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) on May 25-26, 2021.

Learn more about day 1 and day 2.


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. ACSA member events include:

Onsite Bar: Sunday, August 19th 
  • 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
Meet the Makers: Tuesday, August 21st
  • 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

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