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TABLE of CONTENTS A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

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QUARTERLY GUILD REPORT

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

THE BIRTH AND GROWTH OF THE AMERICAN CRAFT SPIRITS ASSOCIATION From the American Craft Spirits Association

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Continued growth and the influence of cocktail culture

Under the influence of changes in Administration and other political shifts

3 THINGS EXCEPTIONAL PACKAGING CAN DO FOR YOUR BRAND

Brand Buzz with David Schuemann

The sunrise of tequila

CLASS ACT66 More craft distillers are becoming educators

NOTES FROM DISTILLED SPIRITS COUNCIL’S 2017 ECONOMIC BRIEFING 27

TTB IN A DEREGULATORY MOOD

AGAVACEOUS63

THE CURTAIN'S UP AT BACKWARDS DISTILLING of Mills, Wyoming

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RENDER UNTO CAESAR74 Impacts of federal tax reform on the distilling community

NEW UNDERSTANDING OF HUMAN SENSORY PERCEPTION 78 33

Potential for more robust sensory evaluation of distilled spirits

AN AMERICAN IN IRELAND

What's the craic? Sipping my way from Bushmills to County Cork

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BUT DOES CODE REQUIRE AN ALARM SYSTEM?41 Where there's smoke...

HOW BARRELS OF DENATURED ALCOHOL CREATED A GHOST SHIP47

GRAYBEARD BRINGS THE BEDLAM

of Durham, North Carolina

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BLAUM BROS. DISTILLING CO. 92 of Galina, Illinois

REGARDING GMOS

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ARE AMERICANS READY TO RAKIA?

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Picking the best raw material for your product

San Antonio’s Dor ol Spirits introduces Texas drinkers to a Serbian distilling tradition

PRODUCT SOURCING

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MINIMUM PRICING

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THAT WESTERN (PENNSYLVANIA) SPIRIT

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Crafting spirits in a modern world

Can a government mandated bottom line reduce destructive drinking?

Mongohela Rye has re-entered the whiskey lexicon

QUALITY MANAGEMENT AND PRODUCTION DOCUMENTATION120 Maintaining quality & consistency through paperwork

ANNUAL AMBA LIST SHOWS INCREASED CRAFT VOICE

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PULQUE96

Distilleries continue to push for two-row barley

AVOIDING THE SLOW DEATH

SUSTAINABLE DISTILLING AT MARBLE DISTILLING COMPANY124

Something a bit more unique in the world of spirits

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History provides a warning

How to stay alive in the spirits industry

MAKING SENSE OF THE CRAFT BEVERAGE MODERNIZATION A ND TAX REFORM ACT 51

GIN’S THE THING AT SCRATCH DISTILLERY

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Potential for profit, but due diligence required

PLAIN PACKAGING

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CRAFT DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT128

The effect on distillers, contract bottlers, importers and more

LOWER TAX RATE? YES, BUT ALSO...

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The good, the bad, & the unexpected

Could a public health initiative crush craft?

EXOGENOUS ENZYMES:

Unlocking your grain’s potential

“YOU SAY POTATO…” Proof Artisan Distillers of Fargo, North Dakota

of Edmonds, Washington

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of Carbondale, Colorado

DISTILLERS GRAINS

Newest addition to Tumwater’s Center for Brewing, Distilling, and Cider Making Excellence

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ADVERTISER INDEX

MANAGING FLAVOR DRIFT107 Drift happens. Don’t get swept away by it.

from the COVER

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Proof Artisan Distillers in Fargo, North Dakota. Image by Amanda Joy Christensen. See their story on page 59.

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Artisan Spirit: Spring 2018  

The magazine for craft distillers and their fans.

Artisan Spirit: Spring 2018  

The magazine for craft distillers and their fans.