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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...

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...

A Law of Unintended Consequences

When it comes to the law of unintended consequences, there is now the case of a law, originally intended to encourage the use of Michigan farm products within the state’s distilleries and brewpubs, unexpectedly transforming the Wolverine State into...

Bitter Spirits

Stalks of grayish green herbs hang from the ceiling, as they have since they were picked the previous year and set to dry. One by one, the man pulls down each stalk and delicately strips the dry leaves and...