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ADI’s 2024 International Spirits Competition: Photo Gallery

ADI's 2024 International Spirits Competition is officially in the books. Thanks to all the amazing stewards and judges who make this competition possible, and to the hundreds of talented distillers who submitted their products. The quality of spirits submitted...

Announcing the Winter Issue

After all the flowing punch bowls, lavish cheese boards, and popped Champagne corks of the holidays, January can feel like a monthlong hangover. Unless you’re doing dry January, in which case hangovers are no longer on your list of...

Letter from the Editor: Fall 2023

Do American regional cultures still exist? There are times when I wonder. Within a 15-minute walk from my house in Portland, Oregon, I can obtain Philly cheesesteaks, Maine lobster rolls, Detroit pizza, and Tex-Mex barbecue tacos, many served from...

Editor’s Letter: Celebrating 20 Years of ADI

2023 is the American Distilling Institute’s 20th anniversary. Like all big birthdays, it inspired a little bit of taking stock. I mean that quite literally. To assemble the craft distilling timeline in this issue, I delved through the full backstock...

Editor’s Letter Winter 22-23

The New Year asks us all to reflect on the passage of time. That won’t be a new exercise for distillers. Making spirits, after all, is a time-based art. When will those barrels laid down years ago be ready...

News in Brief

News Grocery Merger Could Reshape Retail Kroger has announced plans to purchase Albertsons in a move with the potential to transform the grocery industry across much of the country. “Kroger plans to invest in lowering prices for customers and expects to...

Editor’s letter: 2011

When ADI was founded in 2003, there were 69 craft distillers holding Distilled Spirits Plant licenses (DSPs). Today there are over 300 DSPs in the U.S. with no slowdown visible. By the end of 2015, we project somewhere between...

Editor’s Letter: Summer 2008

By any measure, the 5th Annual ADI Conference was a rousing success. Attendance was up 70 percent over last year; vendor participation was equally robust, and “proof” of the camaraderie unique to this remarkable community of craft distillers was...

Editor’s Letter: 2008

In today’s world, the craft distiller does not have to purchase a mash tun and fermentation tanks to make wash. I suggest eliminating these vessels and building your distillery near a microbrewery and letting them produce the wash for...

The Distilling Renaissance is Here!

In 1983, when I opened Buffalo Bill’s Brewery, one of the first brewpubs in the United States (in Hayward across the bay from San Francisco), I had only the barest inkling of the renaissance that was about to take...