Production & Process

London Dry: The Real History of Gin

As a beer-writer of more than 30 years’ standing, I found my curiosity piqued when craft distilling in Britain seemed to be following a trajectory very similar to that of craft brewing. Both fell broadly into two waves: a...

Cool Distilling

The drummer taps frantically on the rim. The trumpet pips and pops, raising and falling, bubbling like liquid. Miles Davis’s compilation album ‘Birth of the Cool’ was first released in 1957 and has become a soundtrack to writing this...

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...

The Sourcing Transition

New distilleries that make aged spirits always face the same problem: How can they build their brand and business before their own spirits are ready? Some distilleries have the patience and resources simply to wait, laying down whiskey or...

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...

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...

Sustainability in the Age of COVID-19

“We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds.” – Aristotle Onassis I have two Kurdish refugees living above my garage. Whenever I feel overwhelmed by how much my world has changed since...

Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup from Bissell Maple Farm

Former chemist Nate Bissell has yet to think of an experiment with maple syrup he won’t try. Concoctions from Bissell — the sixth-generation owner of Bissell Maple Farm in Jefferson, OH — include traditional maple syrup, maple candy and...

Victoria Distillers’ Unique Approach to Sustainability

Sustainability is increasingly important to consumers (and the environment), and many distilleries are actively prioritizing sustainability initiatives tailored to their local conditions. Victoria Distillers, located in Victoria on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, has pioneered a unique approach that...

A Real-Time Technique for Analyzing Congeners

Note: The authors are proud to present the findings of a study we conducted with funds from the first grant awarded from ADI’s Research Endowment, created to further the advancement of knowledge in the craft distilling industry. Our study...