Artisan Spirit: Fall 2021

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Y R T S U D N I & S D T L R O I P U E R G Y L R E T R QUA T

he fall 2021 guild reports highlight several incredible legislative wins for the distilling industry. From eliminating bottle limits in tasting rooms to reducing taxes, the long road to regulatory improvements is heartening. Many states are also happy to report strong member numbers, and a growing community of new craft producers. It’s our honor to welcome these new members to the distilling family!

— BRIAN CHRISTENSEN

AMERICAN CRAFT SPIRITS ASSOCIATION ACSA's DTC committee has been gearing up to support direct-to-consumer shipping bills which will be filed in a large number of states in 2022 legislative sessions. There is a significant amount of opposition to these bills, but inspired by our winery compatriots, and observing the difficulties of many of our small members in accessing distributor partnerships, ACSA believes this path holds incredible promise for the smallest distilleries above all. The pandemic has highlighted as never before consumers' desire to engage with spirits brands online, whether ordering full-size bottles for their enjoyment, or participating in online tastings. We will be partnering with DISCUS to create a coalition focused on advocating for this issue and will have more exciting news on that front coming soon. 1

country — it has been too long! In As Americans have started venturVIEW ACSA'S the meantime, our webinar offerings ing out to tasting rooms near their DTC WEBPAGE — free with your membership — homes or near their vacation destiare always changing, but the library nations, they will again ask whether of past webinars can be viewed at they can ship products home. ACSA your convenience. is focused on bringing this ability to As always, if you are not currently a distilleries nationwide. In the meanmember of ACSA, join us! We are the time, please visit our DTC webpage1 if you would like to learn more about direct only nonprofit trade association built by craft shipping laws in your state, or the benefits to distilleries and focused on uniting, educatproducers, states and localities, and access to ing, and advocating for our community. Your the wholesale tier. support has made it possible for our group Signups have begun for the annual convento consistently work on improving the busition, scheduled for December 4–6 in Louisness and regulatory landscape for craft distillville, Kentucky. I hope to see many industry eries. For more details on memberships, see people there, and share in sharpening my www.americancraftspirits.org. expertise in safety, strengthening distributor Becky Harris partnerships, building my digital presence, President, Chief Distiller, Catoctin Creek and reconnecting with distillers around the President, American Craft Spirits Association

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