Federal Excise Tax (FET) Parity and Reduction Update

Dec 20, 2017

Distilled Spirits Council lauds Tax Reform’s Federal Excise Tax reduction on beverage alcohol December 20, 2017, WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Distilled Spirits Council today issued the following statement from Council President & CEO Kraig R. Naasz on congressional passage of a two-year version of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act as included in the comprehensive tax […]



Safety Alerts for Craft Distilleries – Oregon OSHA

May 08, 2015

Oregon distilleries have been growing since 2008 when Oregon law created new business opportunities for distillery owners. Federal OSHA defines a distillery as “a plant or that portion of a plant where flammable liquids produced by fermentation are concentrated and where the concentrated products may also be mixed, stored, or packaged.” Fire and explosion hazards The […]



Distilling institute plans Louisville conference

Apr 08, 2015

Bailey Loosemore, @bloosemore – The Courier Journal Like so many other independently-focused businesses, craft distilling is on the rise. But while more craft distilleries are opening regularly — with nearly 650 currently operating across the country and another 200 on the way — getting a new one off the ground is not an easy task, […]



1,000 people are coming to town to talk about booze

Apr 08, 2015

By David A. Mann – Reporter-Louisville Business First Ah, Louisville. We know horse racing. We know baseball bats. And, oh man, do we know alcoholic beverages. The latter is the reason the Heyward, Calif.-based American Distilling Institute is hosting its 2015 Annual Spirits Conference at the Kentucky International Convention Center from March 30 to April 2. There’s still time to […]


Reading Labels – The Basics

Dec 02, 2013

Product labels are among the many critical items in the distillery start-up process, and they are just as important in the growth of the distiller’s product line in the marketplace. Whether simple and direct, or complex and wordy, the label reflects the art of the distiller.



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.