The Monthly Mash: January 2020 Part II

Imbiber’s Bookshelf

We showcase notable books of interest to the craft spirits community.

Whiskey Master Class: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding Scotch, Bourbon, Rye, and More

Author: Lew Bryson

Publisher: Harvard Common Press
Release Date: Feb. 18
Over the past three decades, Lew Bryson has been one of the most influential voices in whiskey—a longtime editor of Whisky Advocate, author of the definitive guide “Tasting Whiskey” and a contributor to Craft Spirits magazine. In this book, Bryson shares everything he’s learned on his journey through the worlds of bourbon, Scotch, rye, Japanese whiskey, and more (yes, there are tasty Canadian and Irish whiskeys as well!). The book includes an overview of the different types of whiskeys, including the rules and identities of each. Bryson also includes information on craft whiskeys, which tend to be more creative and freewheeling than the styles made by traditional producers. The book also includes numerous interviews with master distillers, still makers and other artisans at the top of their field.
The Big Book of Bourbon Cocktails: 100 Timeless, Creative & Tempting Recipes

: Amy Zavatto

: Rockridge Press
For bourbon aficionados―or aspiring ones―this book is a guide to plenty of inventive and exciting ways to savor an American classic. From a traditional Old Fashioned to a Churchill Downs Crusta, explore 100 cocktails that incorporate flavors from a variety of bourbons, regions and time periods. From a solo nightcap, to pre-dinner drinks for two and cocktails for a crowd, readers will learn to whip up the perfect bourbon drink for every occasion. Taste trendy new flavors created exclusively for this book, and long-forgotten recipes from the Prohibition era.

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Poll: FET Relief

Have you completed your tax returns? If so, how much did FET relief help you save in 2019?
Less than $50,000
More than $200,000

December Poll Results

In our December update, 59% of respondents voted that kids should be allowed in distillery tasting rooms (where legal), with 41% of respondents voting no.

Welcome Newest Voting, Affiliate and Candidate Members!

ACSA extends a warm welcome to a few of our newest members:
Find out more about becoming a member here.

Did You Know?

  • The TTB has issued 3,214 DSPs! Find the full list here.
  • Both Chile and Peru claim Pisco as their national drink.
  • Don’t miss these upcoming drink holidays:
Feb. 7: Pisco Sour Day
Feb. 22: National Margarita Day
Feb. 24: World Bartender Day
Feb. 27: National Kahlúa Day

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ACSA Board of Directors 2019-2020

Du Nord Craft Spirits (MN)
Vice President
Privateer Rum (MA)
Santa Fe Spirits (NM)
Privateer Rum (MA)
Caledonia Spirits (VT)
Catoctin Creek (VA)
Dogfish Head Distilling (DE)
Central & Mountain
Santa Fe Spirits (NM)
Headframe Spirits (MT)
Du Nord Craft Spirits (MN)
Balcones Distillery (TX)
Backwards Distillery Company (WY)
Corsair Artisan Distillery (TN)
Wood’s High Mountain Distillery (CO)
Osocalis Distillery (CA)
Old Trestle Distillery (CA)
Copperworks Distilling Company (WA)
Freeland Spirits (OR)
Ex Officio
[*Appointed by the Board of Directors]
New Liberty Distillery (PA)
Vermont Spirits Distilling Co. (VT)

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