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Distillers Among the Vines

Ever since the Napa Valley crushed France’s wine dominance in 1976, the picturesque piece of California has been a hub for maverick vintners obsessed with craft, experimentation and achieving the unachievable. Recently, those winemakers have been making room for...

Making Brandy for Berkeley’s Covenant Winery

According to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), vintage years are verboten on spirits labels. It was all Jeff Morgan — who makes wine, where it’s standard to put a year on the label — could...

Ready to Pivot

Twice a week the owners of Rolling Still set up a large wooden table in the courtyard of their cocktail lounge and gift sanitizer to the community. People can walk up or honk from the curb of the town’s...

Jay Erisman

Launched in 2014, New Riff Distilling (https://newriffdistilling.com) has been a standout craft distillery for the Cincinnati area, just a couple blocks off the Ohio River on the Kentucky side. Their rye and gin were the most memorable and balanced...

Savage & Cooke

Dave Phinney didn’t know what to expect when he knocked on the door of a cottage tucked into the hills of California’s Sonoma County. Phinney, one of the most renowned wine innovators on the West Coast, was totally hungover as...

Waterpocket Distilling

How many categories of liquor are in your home bar? If you’re like most drinkers, you’ve got the basics covered: rum, whiskey, vodka, gin, tequila, brandy. The standard six. But, then again, you’re reading a magazine called Distiller. So...

Copper & Kings Founder Discusses Transitioning Away From Sourcing

Many distilleries plan to source until their own spirits mature. But how do you make the transition when they actually are ready? Louisville, Kentucky-based Copper & Kings Distillery has played a truly critical role in the emergence of American brandy...

Longtucky Spirits Distills its Stories

Sipping one-of-a-kind “beer schnapps” in a copper-and-wood paneled tasting room that distillers John Abbot Young and Howard “H.K.” Wallace of Longtucky Spirits designed and built themselves, Young tells me: “it all started with our family.” The two men, now in...

The New Orleans Distilling Scene

Let’s back up the van. If you were reading this article, say five years ago, it would be an entirely different story. In fact, I did write a piece about New Orleans’ fledgling distillery scene the summer of 2016....

Interview with Distiller Andrew Lohfeld

How does a degree in mathematics and computer science lead to distilling? What if you also studied religion, monasticism, ancient Egyptian language, culture, folklore and food pathways in archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania? Such is the background of...