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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...

Frey Ranch Shows the Importance of Long-Term Thinking

Colby Frey knows a thing or two about adversity. His family has been farming in western Nevada for 165 years, 10 years before the territory became a state. The Freys have weathered droughts, depressions, dust storms and numerous other...

New Release Roundup for September 2020

My bottle review column (last month’s edition here) is less about tasting notes and more about what is unique, new or trending in spirits alongside my ratings (on a 1-5 rating scale). Now more than ever, small-batch distillers and...

Classic Rye Rides High

From the end of Prohibition in 1933, rye whiskies were in steady decline, with 150,000 cases of sold in the United States compared with 14.7 million cases of bourbon in 2006. It was the reemergence of cocktail culture in...

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...

Oakland Spirits Company Bottles the Spirit of the Ocean

In early 2016, a pioneering distillery in the heart of Uptown Oakland, CA quickly became a cult favorite. This is Oakland Spirits Co., OsCo for short. Its most well-known spirits are Sea Gin made with foraged Nori, coastal bay...

Sazerac Opens Museum-Distillery in New Orleans

Thinking big is never a problem for the Sazerac Company — billion-dollar mega-importers with more than 2,000 employees, nine distilleries and 300-plus brands around the world. Thinking small, however, is a new experience for the Louisiana company based in Metairie. With...

Packaging Selection for Craft Spirits Brands

Saverglass is the leading global player in the market for premium and superpremium glass bottles in the spirits industry. The company uses its production technology and expertise to manage large-volume orders while meeting the specific needs of its customers...

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),...

Turning the Lights Back On at a Historic California Brandy Distillery

Master distiller and blender Hubert Germain-Robin is helping E & J Gallo Distillers bring the historic McCall Distillery in Sanger, CA, out of mothballs. Founded as Crest View in 1935, the facility operated originally as a winery and changed...