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Davos Buys Aviation American Gin from House Spirits Distillery

Davos Buys Aviation American Gin from House Spirits Distillery

““We’re incredibly proud of the role that Aviation American Gin played in revitalizing the global gin category, eventually growing to become the best-selling American craft gin. This is only the beginning, and we believe that Aviation has the potential to become a truly global brand,” added Thomas Mooney, Co-Owner and CEO, House Spirits Distillery. “The […]

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What’s Next for Barrel-Aged Gin? (More at PUNCH)

What’s Next for Barrel-Aged Gin? (More at PUNCH)

“Today, the canon of barrel-aged gins extends far beyond the resurrection of historical styles to include both small and large distillers making wholly modern spirits. Some lean more toward the whiskey end of the spectrum by aging for longer periods in new oak with a botanical mix specifically designed for this purpose, such as the floral-heavy […]

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Tragic Fire at Heaven Hill in ’96 Didn’t Stop Nascent Bourbon Boom

Tragic Fire at Heaven Hill in ’96 Didn’t Stop Nascent Bourbon Boom

“Since the tragedy occurred in 1996, when bourbon’s rebound was just beginning, it’s likely few American whiskey fans outside of Kentucky recall the disaster. But had a fire happened now, when bourbon is booming beyond anyone’s expectations, the market impact would be staggering, and Heaven Hill’s whiskey stocks wouldn’t rebound for years. “The industry came […]

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Johnnie Walker Drops Culture Bomb Into US Racial Turbulence

Johnnie Walker Drops Culture Bomb Into US Racial Turbulence

““We are extremely honored to continue taking a pioneering role in culture by championing and celebrating progress,” said Stephanie Jacoby, Vice President of Johnnie Walker North America, in a prepared statement. “Keep Walking America brings to life stories of cultural progress and diversity, and we hope this campaign inspires people to come together for a better […]

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MGP Announces Acquisition of George Remus Whiskey Brand

MGP Announces Acquisition of George Remus Whiskey Brand

“George Remus, for whom the brand is named, was a legendary bootlegger, owning whiskey distilleries and warehouses in the greater Cincinnati area, including in Lawrenceburg, Ind. Remus, referred to as “King of the Bootleggers,” leveraged various sources of whiskey to meet consumer demand. Similarly, the George Remus brand has always used sourced whiskey from MGP […]

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American Single-Malt: the Ultimate Blank Canvas for Craft Distillers

American Single-Malt: the Ultimate Blank Canvas for Craft Distillers

“Without the strict rules that govern bourbon or even scotch, American malt is a blank canvass for distillers. The process is more labor intensive and expensive than making bourbon, but also less restrictive. Want to age your product in aged barrels? Great. New barrels? No problem. Both? The world is your oyster.  With no rules, the […]

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What is Really Happening Inside of a Whiskey Barrel?

What is Really Happening Inside of a Whiskey Barrel?

“Some of the structure of oak comes from a type of compound called lignins. These are an important component in the cell walls of all wood cells, so they’re not at all unique to oak. However, what’s special about the lignins in oak is they break down into flavor molecules that absorb into the alcohol […]

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Is There a Bubble Brewing in Bourbon? (The Whiskey Wash)

Is There a Bubble Brewing in Bourbon? (The Whiskey Wash)

“The concern in this case is that the bourbon industry may be growing too rapidly. The story cites as evidence recently released data from an American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) study that shows a 42 percent annual growth rate since 2010 in the number of U.S. distilleries. There are several problems with the conclusions RBC uses this […]

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Buffalo Trace Turns Archaeologist After Find At Distillery

Buffalo Trace Turns Archaeologist After Find At Distillery

“Buffalo Trace Distillery simply wanted to create a new events and meeting space overlooking the nearby scenic Kentucky River, yet now the famed whiskey maker is dealing with an archeological site that’s stopped the work. In April, workers began digging into the current 134-year-old foundation of the O.F.C. Building, located on its Frankfort, Kentucky, campus. […]

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Potential for craft spirits to achieve market share parity with craft beer

Potential for craft spirits to achieve market share parity with craft beer

“There are now more than 1,300 craft spirits producers in the US and the market continues to grow rapidly. The Craft Spirits Data Project – an initiative to evaluate performance and trends in the market – suggests the success of craft spirits could follow that of craft beer.” Read more here: There is the potential […]

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Growing the ranch with potato vodka (Western Farmer-Stockman)

Growing the ranch with potato vodka (Western Farmer-Stockman)

“He is confident that Gorgeous Vodka, along with his new line of Cattle Baron Cigars that was unveiled at the 2016 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association convention, will one day help his young family purchase a ranch of their own. He also hopes that the growing interest in potato vodka opens up new opportunities for potato […]

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Unaged Whiskey Getting You Down? Here’s How to Cope

Unaged Whiskey Getting You Down? Here’s How to Cope

“Your other option is to age it yourself. You’ll be hard pressed to make something that rivals the professionals, but aging new make at home in a small barrel can be a fun – and educational! – experience. You’ll need a small barrel, enough white dog to fill it, and a little bit of patience. […]

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