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Turning Around the Social Media Time Suck

Whether you love it or hate it, I think we can all admit that social media is here to stay. Selfies, never-ending foodstagrams, motivational quotes, awkward personal shares, duck faces, yoga posing army figurines all around the world —...

Outsourcing Spirits

“Always in motion is the future,” said Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back, proving once and for all that Yoda had never set foot inside a rickhouse. A rickhouse is dim and motionless. And for a distiller, it’s his or...

The Fine Art Greenwashing

In the age of climate protests and anti-straw campaigns, the word sustainability seems to be on everyone’s lips — and websites. This would be good news to true activists if there were not also a corresponding rise in greenwashing. Greenwashing...

Distiller’s Identity Crisis

At the Italian grocery store near my house I stock up on red, non-alcoholic aperitivos. They taste like fizzy Campari, with the same bitter finish. I drink one with dinner, and am not alone in enjoying an alcohol alternative....

Adventures in Co-Packing

In 2013, Caitlyn Krug moved to Spain after graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles. She aspired to work in the hospitality and tourism industry and took a job as a bartender in the Basque Country region. It...

The Skinny on Canned Cocktails

For many, summertime means going to the beach and lying by the pool. Unfortunately, packing a bottle of traditional craft spirits means bringing glass, which is cumbersome and typically prohibited. One viable option for a convenient, portable and refreshing...

Running with the Big Boys

Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Diageo, Bacardi and Stolichnaya. If these names stir up feelings of any kind, it is no accident. These brands will spend more money on incentives for distributors in the second half of 2015 than the whole craft...

Be Safe. Save Money. Build Your Own Lab.

For craft distillers, the key to success in product development and production is to document what you do and continuously improve your methods to help you achieve your goals more easily, cheaply and with the best possible results. Building...

Who’s Working for Whom?

Why did you get into the craft-spirits business? Most people have an answer similar to Mike Selberg, founder of Cannon Beach Distillery in Oregon: “I had no real experience in the industry, I just knew I wanted to make...

Couples Who Mean Business

Married couples have been operating businesses together for many generations. Society’s humble beginnings relied on the mom-and-pop mercantile, drug store and family farms. Traditionally the wife was the bookkeeper while the husband did the manual labor. Though the stereotypical roles...