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The Quiet Coproduct Re-Use Megatrend

Introduction In March 2021, the University of Kentucky’s James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits worked in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Energy and Environment, and the Distillers’ Grains Technology Council to study the current and emerging approaches for...

Crafty Consultants

Five years ago, Scott Morrison had a vision. He wanted to open a distillery to make and sell high quality spirits. His background in branding and advertising combined with a passion for food and beverage gave him the critical...

European Lessons on Sustainable Distilling by the Numbers

Sustainability. Where does a distillery get started? Sure, you could take a look around and make a quick list of simple things. You could switch to a green energy provider and bingo, there’s a box ticked. But what difference...

Cutting Edge Processes for Extracting Flavors

Flavor, the ultimate frontier; everything we do comes down to flavor. Flavor extraction is an important part of making a spirit and makes up a large part of the drinking experience. So, what’s new in the world of flavor?...

Exploring Ancient Distilling Technologies

Introduction Throughout the recorded history of alchemy and distillation, many interesting still designs have been suggested by the renowned philosophers, doctors, and chemists of their time. These scientists sought to improve their stills used for essential oils, mineral acids, and...

Filtration Options and
Considerations for Distilled Spirits

The filtration of extra-precious liquids such as distilled spirits can be both challenging and intimidating. The goal of filtration is to improve the product by removing contaminants which mask the quality components that contribute to flavor, color, mouthfeel, etc. In...

Behind the Steel Door

Working for a distillery owner can be an enormous challenge. Okay, maybe that is an understatement - it might be one of the most difficult undertakings that many aspiring distillery professionals will face. Ours can be a murky world...

Explosion at Colorado distillery

Update: A GoFundMe page has been set up here to help defray expenses for the injured employees. Video — An explosion and fire at Estes Park, CO, distillery on Saturday, Feb. 27th, sent two employees to the hospital. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqEmNLWOV2I

Fruit & Fire

Leave it to two forward-thinking women to turn tragedy into a potentially new approach to brandy in the region that pioneered and defined the American style: Northern California. As home to trailblazers like Germain-Robin, Charbay, St. George Spirits and...

A Roller Coaster in a Glass

The year is 2019. It’s late June in New York City, and monied Manhattanites can be heard planning their seasonal escape to the Hamptons or other such places of well-to-do frolic as they sip their lattes in the Upper...