Regulation & Compliance

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...

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),...

Caledonian Conflict

Graeme Macaloney opened his Victoria Caledonia brewery and distillery on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, in 2016. His idea? Make an extraordinary Scotch-style whisky that reflected the Pacific Northwest. He hired Jim Swan, the late, legendary Scotch consultant, and imported...

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...

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....

California Distillers Go to D.C. to Support The Craft Spirits Modernization and Tax Reform...

On July 22-23 a small delegation of California distillers went to Washington D.C. to attend the Public Policy Conference hosted by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) and the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA). The primary...

Exorcising Prohibition in North Carolina

For 200 years, the “wet” and “dry” struggles of Statesville, North Carolina, have been a microcosm for the greater contest between Temperance tee-teetotalers and whiskey’s grand traditionalists. The clash brought an epoch of disruption in the early 19th century,...

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...

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...