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The Story of the Scientific Distiller

Michael Griffo, a distiller with a doctorate in physics, likens alcohol to — of all things — pancakes. A self-characterized “experimenter,” he walks the line between the romance of making spirits and the science to master it. In other...

Interview with Distiller Joyce Nethery

Heading roughly 30 miles outside Louisville in the countryside of Shelbyville, a warm red post-and-beam building with exposed timber trusses houses a distillery, backed by a patio lined with rocking chairs. On these inviting grounds sits Jeptha Creed Distillery...

Siempre

There’s a phenomenon in tennis when a ball hits the net, fires straight up into the air, then — for a blink — seems to hang on the wind, refusing to telegraph which half of the court it’s coming...

Gable Erenzo of Gardiner Liquid Mercantile

If you have been in the spirits industry long enough, you’ve had a memorable Gable Erenzo moment. Some act of kindness that you had no right to expect at a crowded event. A conversation about distilling amid a hundred...

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...