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What the Bottled in Bond Act of 1897 Means Today

“Bottled in bond” is a phrase coined more than 100 years ago in the whiskey business to assure the purchaser that he was buying the real deal. Prior to Prohibition, counterfeit whiskey flooded the unregulated market, at best swindling...

TTB vs FDA

When it comes to understanding the authority differences between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), there is a great deal of confusion among craft distillers. What role does the FDA have on...

A Tale of Two Distilleries: Exploring Two Paths to Building a Code-Compliant Distillery

As the craft-spirits industry expands and gains prominence nationwide, there has been an accompanying increase in scrutiny by building and fire officials. The applicable codes are often not well understood, not only by members of the distilling community, but...

The Low Down on Shipping Hand Sanitizer

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, supplies of hand sanitizer have been running low at health care facilities for weeks, and the demand is only getting higher. In response, most distillers of alcoholic beverages have switched over some of...

Spirits Industry Launches “Ship My Spirits” Campaign in Support of Spirits Direct-to-Consumer Shipping in...

Spirits DTC would increase New York jobs and consumer convenience ALBANY, N.Y. – The American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA), American Distilling Institute (ADI) and Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), three of the nation’s leading trade associations representing distillers...

Craft Distilling’s Next Big Thing: Direct-to-Consumer Liquor Sales

Since the repeal of Prohibition in 1933 federal and state governments have held a tight rein over the US liquor market. Only in limited circumstances has a consumer been able to purchase a bottle of liquor from the person...

Crafting the American Single Malt Movement

The world’s newest single malts aren’t from Scotland, but from America. In July 2022, in response to petitions from distillers in the industry, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) finally proposed to give American single malt...

Defending Yourself from Trademark Infringement

What should you do when someone accuses you of “trademark infringement,” often in a certified letter written by a lawyer? This article contains some suggestions on how to handle the situation. What is Trademark Infringement? Trademark infringement occurs when consumers are...

A Surge in Craft Bottled-in-Bond Whiskey

Bartenders and bargain hunters have rejoiced in recent years with the return to prominence for bottled-in-bond, or bonded, whiskeys. I’ve long said the best $20 you could spend in a liquor store was on bottom-shelf bonded bourbon. Now, though,...

How Rum Evolved: From Kill-Devil to Cult Single Barrels

All spirits evolve in how they’re made and how they taste. But unlike single-country spirits like bourbon or Scotch whisky, rum evolved in many places and under the influence of numerous spirit-making traditions, including British, French, Spanish, and Portuguese....