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Bubble Cap Award: Todd Leopold of Leopold Bros.

Big drops of rain hit the sidewalk along the path from the gate to the main door of Leopold Bros. distillery in Denver. The smell of spring rain fills the air. Todd Leopold greets me outside the building in...

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...

From Bark to Bourbon

Yeast is an amazing organism. It’s a fungus, one we encounter every day—not only through the fermented beverages we drink and the bread we eat, but also in the very air we breath. For millennia, humankind collaborated with wild...

It’s Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature

Lost Spirits Distillery is a deceptive name. It’s a place less about making alcohol and more about waking an industry from a centuries old stupor. To say there has been no innovation since our earliest forbears turned grapes into...
The Archie Rose Distillery, in Sydney, Australia, teamed up with a tattoo artist, Horisumi, to create a Japanese-themed collection of gins and their packaging.

Cultural Fusion at Archie Rose

Archie Rose Distilling Co. is set amidst factories and urban renewal projects in Sydney, Australia. The distillery focuses on customer experience, passion for design and collaboration, and esteem for craft spirits. Founder Will Edwards is excited about his latest...

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...
David Souza out in his family’s farm as sweet potatoes are harvested.

America’s First Sweet Potato Vodka

If I had to guess, I’d say 42-year-old David Souza III is a gambling man. Not because he dropped out of college to be a successful entrepreneur in the Las Vegas restaurant and club promotions industries, but because one...

Interview with Darek Bell of Corsair

Born a Nashville native, Darek Bell runs one of the most awarded and popular distilleries in the craft world: Corsair Distillery, recently awarded the Bubble Cap Award as 2014 Craft Distiller of the Year at ADI’s 11th annual Spirits...

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...

Hawaiian Shochu Company

For more than 200 years the histories of Japan and Hawaii have been intertwined. On May 5, 1806, the first Japanese people ever recorded to have set foot in Hawaii arrived as survivors of the cargo ship Inawaka-maru, which...