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TABLE of CONTENTS A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

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THE CRAFT SPIRITS DATA PROJECT69 Craft distillers put up some impressive numbers

QUARTERLY GUILD REPORT

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What’s going on, state-by-state and province-by-province

REBRANDING ADVICE FROM THE EXPERIENCED

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When, why, and how?

AMERICAN DISTILLING INSTITUTE QUARTERLY REPORT

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UNDERSTANDING HIGH-ESTERS RUMS

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History, classifications, and considerations

Gin Summit, 2017 ADI Conference and more

ISSUES TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING OR SELLING A CRAFT DISTILLERY

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A natural part of the life cycle of any business

SCIENCE, IT WORKS…

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Electrochemistry in action

‘WE SOLVE OUR OWN PROBLEMS’

WHY YOU NEED A BUSINESS PLAN84 And how to manage this living document

CRAFT ABSINTHE, TEN YEARS IN

THE 9 ATTRIBUTES OF HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL SPIRITS BRANDS

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Spirit Hound Distillers of Lyons, Colorado

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Reviving a centuries-old tradition

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Brand Buzz with David Schuemann

CAUIM33 A legendary Brazilian spirit

CODE MYTHS & REALITIES OF SPRINKLER SYSTEMS37 Five sprinkler system myths tackled

USA TODAY’S 10BEST CRAFT DISTILLERY AWARDS

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Logistics of a fan-judged competition

FINANCING YOUR INDIE BRAND

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Get the money you need to start your distillery

WHAT’S SHAKIN’?

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Shaking things up with some cocktail history

INDUSTRY ROUNDTABLE

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At the 2016 Chicago Independent Spirits Expo

WOOD, SPIRIT OR ENVIRONMENT

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What determines final product quality?

GET TO KNOW THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN CRAFT DISTILLING INSTITUTE

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FEW SPIRITS AND THE FLAMING LIPS

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FRANCHISE STATES

Distillers in South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe unite

ASCENDANT SPIRITS of Buellton, California

ADVICE FROM SR. WHISKY MASTER STEPHEN BEAL

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Considered by many to be the unofficial ambassador of whisk(e)y

HOW MANY BARRELS CAN WE CRANK OUT IN THE SHORTEST TIME POSSIBLE?57 Implementing process efficiencies to maximize production

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A vacation in Brainville

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Tackle franchise termination laws with confidence

DISTILLERY SAFETY

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Let's keep us and ours safe

CHARGING THE STILL

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Methods of raising capital for your spirits business

ARTISAN STILL DESIGN

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Manufacturer spotlight

WHISKEY TANGO

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Alchemy Distillery of Arcata, California

FOREST AND FLAME

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Forest stewardship and controlled burns

THE GRASS IS NOT GRAS66 The one-of-a-kind whiskey you will likely never taste

from the COVER

ADVERTISER INDEX

Alchemy Distillery in Arcata, California. Image by Amanda Joy Christensen. See their story on page 62.

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Profile for Artisan Spirit Magazine

Artisan Spirit: Winter 2016  

The magazine for craft distillers and their fans.

Artisan Spirit: Winter 2016  

The magazine for craft distillers and their fans.