Registration for the 2014 Conference is open

Dec 01, 2013

Registration is open for the 11th annual 2014 Spirit Conference and Expo in Seattle. It’s all happening from March 31st to April 2nd at the Seattle Sheraton. Register online here!



NEW PRODUCTS: Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon

Nov 16, 2013

Garrison Brothers Distillery, Texas’ first legal bourbon whiskey distillery and the maker of multi-award-winning Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey, recently announced the limited statewide introduction of its first new bourbon whiskey, Cowboy Bourbon™.



VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: Universal Packaging

Nov 15, 2013

Some of the most beautiful liquor bottles on shelves today were created by Universal Packaging Corp. With 28 years of experience, Universal Packaging is recognized as an industry leader in quality packaging solutions to craft distilleries. It is also the only company in North America to provide “one-stop shopping” to the craft distilling industry.


FDA and Food Safety – A Cautionary Tale for Distillers

Nov 14, 2013

Based on feedback we have heard from several ADI members, it seems the Food and Drug Administration is taking a more active role in the distilled spirits industry – heretofore primarily the domain of the TTB. This includes facility site visits and product integrity. With this in mind, it may be time well spent to review the FDA site regarding Ingredients, packaging and labeling, as well as Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for the food industry. Keep in mind that “food” denotes anything consumable that you sell, including gift shop items like sauces, etc…


Truman Cox, Master Distiller, Passes Away

Feb 12, 2013

We were truly saddened to hear that Truman Cox, Master Distiller of A. Smith Bowman Distillery, passed away on Saturday, February 9, after a short illness. In 2004, he became Lead Chemist at Buffalo Trace Distillery, and in 2011, Master Distiller at A. Smith Bowman Distillery in Fredericksburg, VA.


NY Times Continues Craft Distilling Coverage: Hopped Spirits

Feb 05, 2013

The New York Times today published Robert Simonson’s article on hops in spirits in craft distilling.



New Option for UK Distillers to Sell Direct to Consumer

Feb 04, 2013

Dominic Roskrow, Director of Craft Distillers’ Alliance, in the UK, informed us this week about a new initiative benefiting small, independent UK whisky producers, allowing them to sell even a single bottle of whisky directly to British consumer and trade customers.


First Distillery License Since Prohibition Granted in New Jersey

Feb 01, 2013

The Shanken News reports that New Jersey’s Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has granted the first distillery license in the state since Prohibition. Fairfield-based Jersey Artisan Distilling now plans to immediately begin producing a rum which is slated to hit the market in April, using “traditional techniques” going back to the production of dark rum during New Jersey’s colonial period.

Read the whole article HERE.


Missouri Hick BBQ

A year-end note from ADI’s President

Dec 28, 2012

ADI is growing at 30% a year, the current number of DSPs is close to over 400 with another 50 under construction. We feel in 2013, we will easily break the 500 mark for Craft Distilleries. We expect more than 800 people in attendance at our 10th Anniversary Spirits Conference & Vendor Expo in Denver, CO. Conference information, registration and the annual Judging of Artisan American Spirits can be accessed on our website.



ADI Wishes You A Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Dec 22, 2012

ADI Wishes You A Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!