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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....

Book Review: Modern Caribbean Rum

In 2007, Matt Pietrek began what he describes as his “spirited journey,” which started with the creation of a home bar and then evolved to writing about distilling, cocktails, spirit regulations, and the history of spirits through his website...

The Original Water of Life

From their first appearance in written history, distilled spirits in medieval Europe were called aqua vitae — Latin for “water of life.” Many languages share names with the same meaning: the French eau de vie, Scandinavian aquavit, and even...

Long Train Runnin’

For 126 years, the John Bunning Transfer Station has stood where cold rails meet a spur of mountains rising from the hardened steppe of southern Wyoming. Over the generations, it’s seen its share of boxcars bringing whiskey to fuel...