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Young distilleries need all the help they can get when it comes to getting their brand out and in front of customers. Most people involved in this industry know it’s a tough game to get into. Issues of limited...

The Principal Features of Stripping Stills

Stripping is the process used to separate the alcohol from the water in grain fermentation’s “beer,” or in the case of molasses, “dead wash.” Different terms may be used for other substrates. In the case of beer, it contains spent...

The Skinny on Canned Cocktails

For many, summertime means going to the beach and lying by the pool. Unfortunately, packing a bottle of traditional craft spirits means bringing glass, which is cumbersome and typically prohibited. One viable option for a convenient, portable and refreshing...

Leafy Lemon

Lemon, like vanilla and salt, is an ingredient so ubiquitous in food and drinks that it is sometimes more apparent in its absence, manifested as something lacking, because it is such a good harmonizer of disparate ingredients and adds...

Spiritual Training: How to Get a Formal Education in Distilled Spirits

In the spirits field, it’s rare to find someone with a formal education in distilling. While many master distillers have a strong chemistry background, most have learned the bulk of the job by working at a larger distiller, from...

Canadian Whisky in Three Periods

Canadian whisky is one of four recognizable global whisky styles. In all, more than 17.5 million 9-litre cases are sold annually in 160-plus countries, and it is the second best-selling whisky in America. One brand alone — Crown Royal...

A Craft Distiller on an Apocalypse Mission

My alembic copper pot stills, nestled over open flames, often seem like a throwback to a bygone era. Their stove boxes are designed to be packed with wood, and our distillers are trained to manage temperature and transitions in...

One-Shot vs. Concentrate or Concentrating on Gin with a Single-Shot

There are many different ways to create gin, even before you switch on the still. Even after the distillate is produced, a whole range of different decisions and options exist. A simple way to produce gin is to put botanicals...

Ditching Trashy Events: Five Steps

As a distillery owner, I have spent nearly 10 years attending every kind of tasting and cocktail event hosted in the spirits world, in the USA and overseas. I sponsor art, music and film festivals, attend industry trade shows...