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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...

The Brothers Who Bottled New Orleans

New Orleans holds a special place in the world’s imagination, a half-Southern, half-Caribbean hideaway layered in cultural collisions, buoyed by cocktail artistry and swarming with innovators who live life to the fullest. Spicy food and liberating music add strength...

Dr. Anne Brock

ADI is honored to present Dr. Anne Brock, Master Distiller of Bombay Gin, as the keynote speaker for the 2020 ADI Craft Spirits Conference and Vendor Expo in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Brock has become a widely respected and...

Distiller Interview with Andy & Charlie Nelson

Brothers Andy and Charlie Nelson fully awakened to their rich distilling family history in 2006 when their father Bill took them to Green Brier. Green Brier was home to the original Nelson Distillery, which closed in 1909 during Tennessee...

From Roadside Bombs to Colorado Moonshine

Mike Girard first became interested in distilling through a nontraditional route: explosives. As a former US Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician (EOD) in Afghanistan in 2012, Girard found a way to re-forge swords of terrorism into ploughshares. Girard took a pressure...

Interview with Ian Hart, Distiller at Sacred Spirits

When small-batch “craft” spirits were already sweeping the US, they were virtually nonexistent in London prior to 2008. Some confusion with local laws meant few were attempting to open small distilleries in the city. That is, until pioneering Sipsmith...

Louisville 2.0

There is a fresh wind blowing in the historically reverent city of Louisville. Yes, bourbon still reigns, even controls, the region and longtime distilleries have dominated the culture like venerable parents and grandparents. But a diverse expansion has been...

Alan Bishop: Alchemist of Spirits of French Lick

Alan Bishop and his family have some history in distilling, and he has grown into someone who embodies the designation “master distiller,” even though he shies away from the tag. I’ve known Alan for over five years, and we...

Are We Ready for Accelerated Aging?

“There is hope that 1-year-old whisky may soon rival 16-year bonded liquor in taste and smell and at a vastly lower cost. … Chemists are glad Prohibition is over so they no longer have to listen to bootleggers for...