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Isle of Wight Distillery

The Isle of Wight isn’t an obvious place for a distillery. A small island of just over 140,000 inhabitants off the southern coast of England, it’s the kind of place famous for vacation cabins and chalky white cliffs, not...

Frey Ranch Distillery

Distilled spirits are — as we are often reminded — an agricultural product. But most distillers are several steps removed from the fields where their grains actually grow. Frey Ranch Distillery is different. Long before they launched their whiskey company,...

Australia and New Zealand: 2023 in Review

The craft spirits industry continues to grow in Australia and New Zealand. Despite Australia having the third highest spirits tax in the world, surpassing a tax rate of $100 per liter of pure alcohol in 2023, distillers are discovering...

United States Legislation: 2023 in Review

2023 resulted in legislation that strengthened gains from previous years. States such as California and Maryland renewed DTC privileges for in-state distillers, and cocktails-to-go were extended or made permanent by numerous states. A couple of states created self-distribution privileges...

Ireland: 2023 in Review

The last few decades have been kind to Irish distilling — and this most recent decade has seen a literal renaissance, with over 40 new distillery builds since the sale of Cooley Distillery to Beam in 2011. Much of...

United Kingdom: 2023 in Review

In 2023, British distillers were hit with an unholy array of challenges: high inflation, a 10% increase in alcohol duty, an increase in the main rate of corporation tax from 19 to 25%, high energy prices, and significant increases...

The European Union: 2023 in Review

The European craft spirits market is in full swing. Currently valued at $3.3 billion, the industry is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 12.66% over the next four years, reaching $6.17 billion by 2028. Despite such a dynamic...

Canada: 2023 in Review

As we enter 2024, Canadian distillers are holding their breath. Will the recession that began in 2023 continue — or will it turn around? How will that impact Canada’s craft distilling industry? The harsh consensus so far seems to...

Q&A with Clay Berkes of Power House in Oklahoma City

Clay Berkes epitomizes Oklahoma’s laid-back, welcoming brand of hospitality. Berkes was born and raised in southern Oklahoma between Love County and Lawton/Fort Sill. At age 16, he got his first taste of the hospitality industry. But it was while...

A Q&A with Jeffrey Cole of WanderFolk Spirits

Jeffrey Cole, distiller and director of spirits at WanderFolk Spirits, is a fifth-generation Oklahoman with a passion to grow his home state’s prominence in the spirits industry, where historically it has been low in sales and consumption. A 16-year...