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Onward!

A common theme of Bill Owens’s eclectic career path is resilience and innovation. An accomplished photographer, pioneer of microbrewing and creator of the American Distilling Institute, he admires these same qualities in craft distillers. I had the privilege of...

Eye Candy

Color can become identity in the eye of the beholder. We look at a bottle, and the color registers more as a feeling than a thought. We instantly recognize an old friend on the shelf by the label and,...

The Ins & Outs of Distilling from Beer

Whiskey is famously made by distilling beer, but any distiller will tell you that the “beer” that goes into the still bears little resemblance to the commercial stuff you sip on game day. While it won’t kill ya, those...

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...