Senator Donald Norcross introduces S-2286, Craft Distillery Legislation for New Jersey

Nov 27, 2012

S-2286, a bill introduced in the New Jersey Legislature, creates a “Craft Distillery License” which would permit the licensee to manufacture up to 20,000 gallons of distilled alcoholic beverages, provided that at least 51% of the raw materials used in production are grown or purchased from providers in New Jersey. The fee for this license would be $938.



Artisan Still Design

Nov 12, 2012

Congratulations to The Hardware Distilling Co. of Seattle WA, Redwood Spirits Inc of Fortuna CA, Pinckney Bend Distilery of New Haven MO, and Feisty Spirits of Fort Collins CO, on the arrival of their new stills!



Colorado’s Distillery 291 Receives “Liquid Gold” Status in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible

Nov 01, 2012

Recently published this month in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2013, Distillery 291 received favorable marks for the following whiskeys: 291 Fresh Colorado Whiskey, 291 Colorado Rye Whiskey White Dog, and 291 Colorado Whiskey Aspen Stave Finished.

“As our local operations comes of age in the world of spirits, our ratings in the Whisky Bible is an extraordinary accomplishment, especially for a newer distillery like ourselves,” said Distillery 291 owner Michael Myers.


Rolling Out a Smaller Barrel Sooner

Aug 21, 2012

THE indispensable ingredient in great whiskey is time: years of aging and mellowing in casks. But in the world of craft whiskey, a growing number of distillers are unwilling to wait that long.

With a range of new technologies and techniques – smaller barrels, ultrasound machines, pressure chambers – they can put on the shelf in a matter of months, if not weeks, whiskeys that they say compare to ones matured for three to five years.



New Book – Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert

Jun 19, 2012

Davin de Kergommeaux takes readers on a journey through the first systematic presentation of Canadian whisky: how it’s made, who makes it, why it tastes the way it does, its history, and the rich, centuries-old folklore surrounding it.

In this book, whisky authority Davin de Kergommeaux on a pan-Canadian journey from British Columbia to Nova Scotia, celebrating the diversity of Canada’s unique spirit.



Distilling in Ohio – Dancing Tree Distillery

Jun 14, 2012

Ohio is on the cusp of a Distillation Revolution! There are presently 12 licenses issued to manufacture distilled spirits in Ohio. Beyond these 12, there are an additional 9 pending licenses, meaning that if/when these permits are issued, Ohio may have 21 distilleries!



New book – Grappa: Italy Bottled

Jun 10, 2012

The first substantive international text that takes on the quintessential beverage of the Italian culture. GRAPPA: ITALY BOTTLED is two books in one. The first is a comprehensive Grappa course, from grape growing to tasting, including facts on Grappa and distillation that have not been published before. The second half is a travel story that takes you on a trip through the Grappa regions of Italy, concluding with a list of distilleries.



Desert Diamond Distillery – Barrel Reserve Program

Jun 06, 2012

At a loss about what to buy that person who has everything? Think rum-a 5 or 10 liter barrel of rum, to be exact! Desert Diamond Distillery, located in Kingman, AZ offers rum enthusiasts the unique opportunity to experience a hands on approach to a barrel of their very own premium Barrel Reserve Rum.



Game Changer: How a Revolutionary Dada Whiskey Artist is Changing the Whiskey Map

Dec 02, 2011

Chip Tate, founder, president and head distiller of Balcones Distillery, doesn’t merely defend the creation of craft spirits as a plausible innovation, in an effort to clear a space on the market for his damn good whisky. Rather, he completely dissolves the issue of whether or not his product is relevant, by undermining the seeming contradiction between tradition and innovation altogether. “The tradition is a lie,” he says and not without traces of spite. “The creation of new styles has never been new.”


Spirits Soaring in Brooklyn

Dec 22, 2009

It has been decades since you could get a gin and tonic or a whiskey sour mixed with spirits distilled in New York City.

That will change this spring, when two new distilleries, The Shanty, also known as the New York Distilling Company (79 Richardson Street, Williamsburg) and The Breuckelen Distilling Company (77 19th Street and 3rd Avenue, Sunset Park), are set to begin bottling rye whiskey and gin for the first time since Prohibition.