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136 Years of Rapid Maturation: Why Are We Not There Yet?

My first article on this topic was titled “80 Years of Rapid Maturation Studies – Why Are We Not There Yet?” We are now just five years distant from the publication of the first part, so why, then, did...

Yeast 101: Make Your Favorite Fungus Work for You

While yeast are a fungus, they are surprisingly close genetically to animals (including humans). Just like us, yeast need a vast variety of energy and nutrient sources to survive and grow. They thrive on oxygen and release carbon dioxide. While...

Nestville Distillery

Between Hungary to the south and Poland and the Czech Republic to the north, Slovakia has traditionally been regarded as one of the “vodka belt” countries. “Never in a million years did I think Slovakians would convert to drinking...

Split Rock Distilling Sets its Sights on Sustainability

Conveniently located along the well-traveled coastal Route 1, Split Rock Distilling was co-founded by Topher Mallory and Matt Page. They regale me with how Newcastle, Maine, has grown in the 25 and 20 years they’ve respectively called it home....

American Whiskey Makers Dig Deep in Search of New Flavors

Peated whiskey immediately conjures images of sipping a medicinal Islay malt beneath the shadow of a crumbling castle in the windswept moorlands of Scotland. But peat bogs are not a strictly Scottish or even European environment. While peat is...

Whisky in the Kingdom: How Fife Revived its Distilling Legacy

The Kingdom of Fife, a fertile and historical peninsula in the Lowlands of eastern Scotland, has long punched above its weight when it comes to whisky. Sandwiched between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Tay, this tapestry...

Want to Age Something a Long, Long Time? Here’s How

In February of 2023, Highland Park released its oldest-ever whisky, a 54-year-old single malt aged 40 years in refill casks, then finished in first-fill sherry casks for another 14 years. Each teardrop-shaped decanter cradled in a sculpted wooden presentation...

How Automation Can Benefit Your Business

This is a sponsored post from Deutsche Beverage + Process Distilling, craft brewing, and beverage production have been revolutionized by automated technology. Deutsche Beverage + Process has embraced this movement, offering tailored automation solutions that cut costs, boost efficiency, and...

Bottleshop: Mezcal de Leyendas Vinata Solar

Mezcal has always had a problem: Where it’s distilled is frequently far from where the agaves grow. Harvesting and transporting those heavy plants from remote and often difficult-to-reach areas can take an enormous amount of time and effort. Mezcal de...

Distilling Research Grant Report: Eliminating Ethyl Carbamate Using Distillation Operations

Authors: Brad J. Berron (James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits, The University of Kentucky), Jon Brown (Castle & Key Distillery), Jason Gambrell (Castle & Key Distillery), Travis Cantrell (Bardstown Bourbon Company), Meghan Mattingly (Bardstown Bourbon Company), Sarah A....