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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...

Mitosaya Botanical Distillery

A couple times a month, Bill Owens gives me a friendly call to chat. The conversations usually revolve around some aspect of my writing work, be it articles for various trade publications (such as Distiller) or my myriad book...

Spotlight on Cedar Ridge Distillery

In 2020 Cedar Ridge became the number one selling bourbon in the state of Iowa. This unprecedented accomplishment has set a high bar for a craft distiller to meet, and has established a new standard in the industry. Kudos...

Interview with Jon O’Connor and Kyle VanStrien

Long Road Distillers co-founders, Kyle VanStrien and Jon O’Connor, have racked up awards and nominations since launching their Grand Rapids distillery over a shared passion for spirits in May 2015. From the beginning, Kyle and Jon committed to local...

Couples Who Mean Business

Married couples have been operating businesses together for many generations. Society’s humble beginnings relied on the mom-and-pop mercantile, drug store and family farms. Traditionally the wife was the bookkeeper while the husband did the manual labor. Though the stereotypical roles...

New Life for Old Barrels

The story of a whiskey barrel starts in a familiar place: In the cellars and warehouses of cooperages, where lengths of wooden staves are attach around circular barrelheads at each end before being banded together with metal, belt-like hoops...

Interview with Marko Karakasevic

  When I think of Wine Country spirits, I think Charbay and the Karakasevic family. Certainly, they are distilling leaders, launching in 1983 around the same time as fellow NorCal/Bay Area pioneers St. George Spirits and Germain-Robin. In a region that...

High-Tech Agitator Distillery Goes After Fast-Maturing Whiskey

Agitator Distillery lives in the shadows. No one knows about the distillery. They distill almost in secrecy. The name means troublemaker or rebel; an agitator makes his own way. Picture a Swedish distiller exploring boundaries, breaking new whiskey ground....

Frey Ranch Shows the Importance of Long-Term Thinking

Colby Frey knows a thing or two about adversity. His family has been farming in western Nevada for 165 years, 10 years before the territory became a state. The Freys have weathered droughts, depressions, dust storms and numerous other...