A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: Only a complete ingrate would complain about having the opportunity to travel the country meeting distillers and tasting spirits... For me, the decision to leave
But I’ll be damned if convention season
isn’t exhausting. Denver, Seattle, New York,
home has gotten a lot easier. The
San Jose, and numerous craft distilleries
opportunity to interact, collaborate,
along the way.
experience, and learn is just too
The travel may have been brutal, but
enticing. We will continue to attend
every mile proved worth it. The opportunity
as many events, expos, conventions and shows as we can.
for distillers and industry professionals to meet, share, laugh, and learn
In the spirit of getting out there
at the growing list of annual
and interacting with our craft
conventions and expos is an
distilling community, this issue
exciting experience to be a part
of. It’s also a little daunting.
dedicated to Jack Joyce who once
That why instead of simply
shared with me, “Join everything,
showcasing one point of view,
misery loves company.”
we decided to share multiple
perspectives and experiences at this year’s craft spirits events (page 42) . I know it’s
Jack believed in this magazine before we believed in ourselves and lent encouragement when it was
needed the most. He was a shining example
not easy leaving your family/
of the welcoming spirit this industry has
stills behind, so I hope that it proves
revealed itself to have. I can’t express how lucky we have been
useful as you decide which events and
to meet and befriend the heroes of this
shows to attend next year.
industry. And to one of those heroes, thanks
What exactly should you do at one of
Jack, we miss you already.
these conferences? Most of it is pretty self-evident. Walk the show floor, attend some classes, you know the routine. My
advice: Focus on the people. Meet other distillers, talk to suppliers, sit at a table with strangers, and Brian Christensen
chat up the person you are sharing an elevator ride with. We all share a sincere interest and common passion/obsession with distilling. You will most likely make a few great friends along
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Finally meeting our regular contributor Marc Sorini was a thrill. Read his latest legal article on PAGE 12 . Emceeing the awards ceremony at American Craft Distillers Association’s inaugural convention was an honor. Read the results on PAGE 10 . Our creative director, Amanda Joy Christensen, took the long way to convention PAGE 35 . Here she is interviewing Montgomery Distillery PAGE 68 . New Artisan Spirit contributor, John McKee, gave our team a quick distillation lesson during dinner at convention. Read his article on PAGE 17 .