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The Rise of the B Corporation

One of the greatest consumer shifts in America over the last thirty years has been back toward buying from local producers, away from larger corporations. We like to know who grew our food, distilled our spirits and brewed our...

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...

Revival of a Missouri Craft Legend

Though launched in the autumn of 2014, the story of Kansas City Missouri’s J. Rieger & Co. harkens to 1887 when immigrant grocer Jacob Rieger decided to take advantage of his stateline location to supply those steps away on...

U.S. Distilled Spirits Industry Leaders Launch “Spirits United” Grassroots Platform to Mobilize Community of...

WASHINGTON, DC –  Spirits United (https://www.spiritsunited.org/), a new multifaceted grassroots tool aimed at bringing together a broad base of spirits advocates from industry professionals to consumers, was formally launched today by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS),...
Last Call Day of Action

Last Call Day of Action a Big Success

Thanks to the tremendous support from ADI members and the distilling community as a whole, the LAST CALL Day of Action, hosted by the Distilled Spirits Council of the US (DISCUS) on Tuesday, December 1st, resulted in more than...

CORE

The conversation usually starts like this: “I’m a little behind on my monthly TTB reporting and I’m not sure how to get caught up.” Or “Our compliance manager has left the company and I’m not sure where we are...

Distilled Spirit Labeling — The COLA Process

Download 5 March 2002 Issue The primary regulator of distilled spirit labeling is the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & TFirearms (“ATF”), although other federal and state agencies also play limited roles. This article discusses the certificate of label approval, or “COLA,”...

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...

Who’s Working for Whom?

Why did you get into the craft-spirits business? Most people have an answer similar to Mike Selberg, founder of Cannon Beach Distillery in Oregon: “I had no real experience in the industry, I just knew I wanted to make...

Craft Distilleries Around the US Step Up to Help Fill Hand-Sanitizer Shortages

by Brad Plummer, Editor, Distiller Magazine As urgency around the global coronavirus pandemic has intensified, consumers across the country shopping for one of the most basic personal hygiene products — hand sanitizer — have been met with empty shelves. In response...