Certified Craft Distilled Spirit™ and Certified Craft Blended Spirit™

In consultation with our members and leaders in the craft distilling community ADI developed it craft certification program as a means to help consumers, influencers, and industry professionals to identify spirits in the marketplace that were distilled and or blended by small, independently-owned producers around the world.

Craft Distilled Spirit

The products of an independently-owned distillery with maximum annual sales of 100,000 proof gallons where the product is PHYSICALLY distilled and bottled on-site.

Qualifications to be a Certified Craft Distilled Spirit

  • Distilled by the DSP: The spirit must have been run through a still located in the DSP listed on the TTB-approved label, and the label must state “Distilled By” followed by the name of the DSP.
  • Independently-Owned: Less than 25% of the distillery (distilled spirits plant or DSP) is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by alcoholic beverage industry members who are not themselves craft distillers.
  • Small-Scale: Maximum annual sales are less than 100,000 proof gallons.
  • Hands-on Production: Craft distilled spirits are produced to reflect the vision of their principal distillers using any combination of traditional or innovative techniques including fermenting, distilling, re-distilling, blending, infusing or warehousing.

 


Craft Blended Spirit

An independently-owned and operates a facility that uses any combination of traditional and/or innovative techniques such as fermenting, distilling, re-distilling, blending, infusing or warehousing to create products with a unique flavor profile.

Craft blending is not merely mixing high-proof spirits with water or sweetening. Many craft distillers both distill and blend products and must identify them as such on their TTB profile.

Qualifications to be a Certified Craft Blended Spirit

  • Independently-Owned: Less than 25% of the distillery (distilled spirits plant or DSP) is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by alcoholic beverage industry members who are not themselves craft distillers.
  • Small-Scale: Maximum annual sales are less than 100,000 proof gallons.
  • Hands-on Production: Craft blended spirits are produced to reflect the vision of their principal blender using any combination of traditional or innovative techniques including fermenting, distilling, re-distilling, blending, infusing or warehousing. The blended components must be varied in each type — e.g., more than one barreling of whiskey, more than one type of neutral spirits, etc. — and cannot be limited to merely blending-down high-proof spirits with water, or by only adding coloring, flavoring or blending material.

ADI has applied to the USPTO for a certification for Certified Craft Distilled Spirit and Certified Craft Blended Spirit.

Fill out our online Application for Certification of Craft Spirits. Currently a free benefit for ADI Members. Join here if not a current member.

Click the link to see an Infographic of our Craft Certification Program. And, click the link for our database of certified craft spirits.