Author Archives: Jeff Cioletti
A bit of news from the American Craft Spirits Association
H.R. 747, the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, re-introduced earlier this year by Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), has crossed the majority threshold in the U.S. House of Representatives, with more than 226 co-sponsors signed onto the bill, representing a clear, bipartisan majority in the U.S. House. The Senate, with a companion bill S. 236, introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MN) is just shy of a majority as well.
As we countdown to the release of my new book, The Drinkable Globe, I’ll be featuring insights, images and videos from various aspects of drinking cultures around the world. This edition features some scenes from London Gin Festival 2017. Gin has been experiencing a worldwide renaissance, the epicenter of which is pretty much where it all began: Great Britain. What we today think of as modern gin is of the London Dry variety, so it’s fitting that we showcase the premier juniper spirit event in the United Kingdom’s capital city. Find out more about London gin and many other international beverages in The Drinkable Globe. Pre-order it here!
A bit of news from the Northwest Cider Association…
Eight Northwestern cideries took home gold medals at the Awards Party for the Northwest Cider Association’s 5th Annual Portland International Cider Cup (PICC) last night. For the second year running, a cidery from Montana, Western Cider Company, took home the competition’s highest honor and Cup– the Best In Show Award.
The party, hosted at Portland Cider Company’s Clackamas event space, drew 150 cidermakers and cider fans, celebrated ciders crafted in the Pacific Northwest, the largest cider market in the US for consumption and home to quarter of the country’s cidermakers. The competition, which was hosted at Square Mile Cider on April 9, increased by 150% this year, growing to over 150 ciders from over 40 cideries in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, and featured 45 experienced industry judges.
My next book, The Drinkable Globe arrives in just a few short months. (Pre-order it today!) I see it largely as an extension of this site, celebrating drinking cultures around the world. It features insights on what, where, how, when and why folks drink on every continent. As a sort of countdown to its fall release, I’m going to offer small teases from now until November. Those teases will be in the form of photos, videos and even a few book excerpts here and there detailing the wide world of booze.
The first is a vodka-soaked video I shot in Poland last summer (when I was still calling the video series “The Drinkable Week”). Enjoy! And don’t forget to Pre-order The Drinkable Globe!
Some good news out of Indiana, via Three Rivers Distilling Company…
Three Rivers Distilling Company will not have to wait three years to bring a craft spirits tasting room to the city of Fort Wayne.