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Still Growth in the Land of Beer

In a county that stretches from the outskirts of Tijuana almost to Disneyland in the north, San Diego has more than 70 miles of beaches and 114 breweries to slake prodigious thirsts brought on by incessantly pleasant, spring-like weather....

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...

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...
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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

State 38 Distilling: The House Built on Agave

From the early 2000s, Tequila and mezcal—Mexico’s most famous agave spirits—have experienced significant growth in popularity and consumption in the United States. According to the Distilled Spirits Council of the US (DISCUS), imports of Tequila into the US have...

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...