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TABLE of CONTENTS A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

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QUARTERLY GUILD REPORT

13

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

23

A NEW SUPREME COURT CASE MAY IMPACT THE FUTURE OF SPIRITS DIRECT SHIPPING

27

Do current rules overly restrict interstate commerce?

MARKETING BEVERAGE ALCOHOL TO HENRYs31 Brand Buzz with David Schuemann

OND35 Lessons learned over six years of distilling’s busy season, October, November, and December

DESCRIBING THE FLAVORS OF RUM

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HOW CROZE NEST COOPERAGE TOOK OFF

92

BUYING THE FARM

95

HOW TO LEAD A TASTING 202

98

Making barrels by hand on Michigan’s Lower Peninsula

Black Button Distilling — Farm and Forestry

Advanced techniques

THE BIRD IS THE WORD

Blinking Owl Distillery of Orange County, California

104

PRIVACY & DATA SECURITY108

BELTWAY BANTER WITH PETE KAMER

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Interview between Pete Kamer and Robert Lehrman

BOTTLES THAT GIVE BACK

43

Supporting charity with every sale

DAVE PICKERELL

47

Tributes from friends and colleagues

INTO THE WOODS

A look at some alternative woods for experimental spirits

EMPIRE STATE OF RYE

New York’s distillers define their own regional spirit category

HOW OLD IS THAT BOTTLE?

Know if you've found a genuine antique bottle or a good facsimile

KO DISTILLING

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of Manassas, Virginia

DISTILLING POMACE BRANDY65 Best practices for working with wineries, optimizing processes, and making evocative spirits

2018 SPIRITS INDUSTRY MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS68 Year in review

DIAMONDS MAY LAST FOREVER, BUT DO SPIRITS?74 Shelf life and shelf stability

VIRGINIA DISTILLERY COMPANY

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EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION

81

An American distillery with European roots

Going beyond salary to retain key staff with great benefits

from the COVER

New options for aquavit

A primer

THE CRAFT SPIRITS INDUSTRY IS ALIVE AND WELL... FOR NOW ANYWAY From the American Craft Spirits Association

CARAWAY & DILL84

Best practices for protecting consumer data

COMING BACK FOR ANOTHER TASTE

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THE SINGLE TAXPAYER RULE

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SPIRITS AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD

115

A TALE OF TWO TOMATOES

118

MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS PRIVILEGES

120

AUSTRALIAN SPIRITS TOUR

122

WINNING AMID CONSOLIDATION AND INNOVATION

126

THE SWEET SUCCESS OF HONEY HOUSE DISTILLERY

129

9 BEST PRACTICES FOR IMPROVING OVERALL EQUIPMENT EFFECTIVENESS

131

PORT MORRIS DISTILLERY

134

BUSTING SOME OF PROHIBITION’S BIGGEST MYTHS

136

ADVERTISER INDEX

138

Cultivate repeat business in your tasting room

A unique challenge

Dingle Distillery of Dingle, Ireland

Meet gin’s most unlikely botanical

Do your homework on cask clubs to generate some up-front cash

Visiting distilleries Down Under

Key considerations for high growth brands (and those that want to be)

of Duragno, Colorado

A systematic approach to improving production

of New York, New York

Setting the record straight on this infamous era

KO Distilling in Manassas, Virginia. Image by Amanda Joy Christensen. See their story on page 61.

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Artisan Spirit: Winter 2018  

The magazine for craft distillers and their fans.

Artisan Spirit: Winter 2018  

The magazine for craft distillers and their fans.