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Where the Spirits Speak Louder Than Words

Walk into Maggie’s Farm Rum Distillery late on a weekday and you may find its founder, Tim Russell, casually finishing up his work for the day. He’ll likely be in jeans and a T-shirt, and he probably won’t look...

And Now for Something Completely Different

There is a lot about the Lost Spirits Distillery that is unique to the distilling community. Few subjects are more likely to bring out pitchforks and torches from traditionalists than their accelerated-aging technique — creating flavor precursors by tweaking...

The Alchemist

There wasn’t much in the way of coursework for distillers in the early 2000s, and early adopters in American craft distilling relied on the tried-and-true scientific method. This is most likely why Robert Cassell has become the successful veteran...

The Dodo Bird of
 Distillation Resurfaces

The distilling community got a small jolt of reverse innovation when Leopold Bros. began using a once-extinct style of still, based on designs from the late 19th century — when rye whiskey was king. One of the early spirits the...

Distiller Interview with Scott Blackwell & Ann Marshall of High Wire Distilling

High Wire Distilling Company, Charleston’s first operating distillery since Prohibition, paved the way for a craft-spirits revival in South Carolina. Husband-and-wife duo Scott Blackwell and Ann Marshall were steeped in the food and drink industries. After selling their popular...

Living the Dream on an ADI Internship

by Neven Vorkapic Dreams can be overwhelming, but what is left out there for us if there are no dreams to follow? Some time ago, way back in the 1980s, I was just another small-town kid dreaming big, aiming for the...
Karen Hoskin of Montanya Distillers

Stills with Personality: A look at the Spirits Producers Who Give Their Stills Names

At Montanya Distillers in Crested Butte, CO, Karen Hoskin has assigned names to her trio of rum-producing copper pot stills: Bella, Bellisima and Bellatrix. Each has its own personality, she insists. Bellatrix, for example, has a “spike-heeled attitude” and...

Dedicated Follower the of the Craft

Robert Spruill (pronounced “Sprool”) used to have the kind of job many of us would envy: He made movies. His first movie, Squeeze, told the tale of three teenage boys trying to fight back against the drugs and violence...
Paso Robles Distillery Trail map

Blazing a Trail in Paso Robles: Central Coast Distillers Stake Out a New Route...

I’ve packed my car with essential gear and headed to California’s Central Coast. Wine and red oak barbecue country calls for folding knives, wine keys and lots of bubble wrap. With over 4,600 wineries and an estimated 600,000 acres...

Autry Cellars

Autry Cellars autrycellars.com 5450 Edna Road San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Tasting hours: 11am-5pm daily 805.546.8669 Steve Autry, a former aerospace engineer turned winemaker, became a fully licensed brandy producer in 2012. In a sheet metal building at the southern cusp of the distillery trail,...