Monthly Archives: October 2017

Copper & Kings Distills World’s Oldest Known Whiskey Recipe

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Louisville, Ky.-based Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. has distilled the world’s oldest known gin recipe, first documented in 1495, by a wealthy merchant from the Duchy of Guelders (in what we now know as Germany).
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The Family Coppola launches Great Women Spirits line

The Family Coppola—yep, the film- and wine-making one— has announced the launch of Great Women Spirits, which will be available this October in select restaurants and retailers. Great Women Spirits, which the Coppolas describe as “small-batch, house-crafted, classically styled spirits,” will begin production with its brand of vodka, gin, and brandy, and has plans to expand the collection in the near future.

Craft Beverage Modernization Act now has 50 co-sponsors in Senate

S. 236, the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, re-introduced earlier this year by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MN), has reached a landmark 50 co-sponsors in the Senate, with 28 Democrats, 21 Republicans and one Independent, representing a clear, bipartisan groundswell of support for tax parity.   H.R. 747, the companion bill introduced by Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) in the U.S. House of Representatives, which reached a majority back in June, continues to rally support as well, with 278 co-sponsors as of today, which includes three new co-sponsors gained this week alone.

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Happy Sake Day! (Yes, it’s a real thing, every Oct. 1)

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Oct. 1 is Sake Day (Google it, I’m not making this up!) and this year’s is particularly meaningful for me. It’s the first one I get to celebrate as a Certified International Kikisake-shi (Master of Sake/sommelier) from the Sake School of America. I’m also in the middle of writing my fourth book, tentatively titled Sakepedia, which comes out next fall. To tide everyone over until then, read this piece on sake myths vs. facts that I recently wrote for SevenFifty Daily.