Artisan Spirit: Summer 2014

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TABLE of CONTENTS A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

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...AND THE AWARD GOES TO...

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American Craft Distillers Association

COPING WITH A TTB AUDIT

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GOING FOR GOLD

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BECAUSE ACCURACY MATTERS

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Determining ethanol concentration

TIPS FROM A DISTILLER’S BEST FRIEND

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An interview from the front lines of the craft cocktail scene

COLUMNS & TRAYS

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THE ART OF A FRENCH COOPERAGE

MONTGOMERY DISTILLERY

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of Missoula, Montana

Johnny’s Art & Science of Distillation Column

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A journey from seed to barrel

WHAT IF YOUR BABY IS UGLY

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The why and why not of entering your spirits in judging competitions

WOODINVILLE WHISKEY

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of Woodinville, Washington

SUPPLY & DEMAND

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Small-scale still builders

FLAVOR & AROMA

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Yeast’s impact on distilling

A WESTERN DISTILLERY ROAD TRIP

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Stories from the Trail

VIVACITY SPIRITS

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of Corvallis, Oregon

TRAILHEAD SPIRITS

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of Billings, Montana

2014 CONVENTION REPORT

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Organizers, exhibitors and attendees supply reviews

BLUE FLAME/WHITE RIVER BREAKING THE BOURBON CEILING

FORGET THE BOSTON TEA PARTY

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There’s a revolution in beer & wine that spirits can benchmark

THE VITAL ROLE OF THE BOTTLE CLOSURE 84 48

An example of contract distilling

from the COVER

WHAT IS CRAFT?

Aria Gin of Portland, Oregon

A word from John McKee

Dames of distilling

of Buena Vista, Colorado

The answer may not be so black and white

Prepare for guests you hope never come

FOCUS ON THE SECOND BOTTLE

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Put a cork in it

SAFETY FIRST 51

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Because we want y’all to stick around

ADVERTISER INDEX

Trailhead Spirits in Billings, Montana. Image by Amanda Joy Christensen. See their story on page 38.

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