Category Archives: craft spirits

Wigle Whiskey co-founders named James Beard Award semi-finalists

JamesBeardPortraitsWigle Whiskey co-founders and owners Meredith Meyer Grelli and Alexander Grelli have been named James Beard Award Semi-Finalists for Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional.

Wigle is one of five distilleries in the United States to be recognized by the James Beard Awards this year. Read the rest of this entry

Maryland rum maker Lyon Distilling Expands into Delaware and Connecticut

header-ldc4St. Michaels, Md.-based Lyon Distilling Co., producer of a signature line of rums and ultra-small-batch whiskeys, has expanded its distribution into Delaware and Connecticut, following four years of continued growth in the Maryland and Washington, D.C. markets.  Read the rest of this entry

Anchor Distilling changes its name to Hotaling & Co.

hotaling copyLast August, Sapporo Holdings Limited acquired Anchor Brewing Company, and although Anchor Distilling was not part of the sale, the company relinquished the rights to the “Anchor” trademark. Anchor Distilling Company has announced its next evolution. As of Jan. 31, 2018, the iconic San Francisco company has taken on a new name: Hotaling & Co. (pronounced ho-de-ling) a reference to one of Anchor Distilling’s most beloved small batch whiskies and to the San Francisco legend A.P. Hotaling, who came out West during the Gold Rush and quickly became one of the most reputable spirits dealers in the country.

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Virginia Distillery Co. to release 1st batch of whiskey from craft beer collaboration

brewers batch copyVirginia Distillery Company plans to release the first batch of its Brewers Batch Virginia-Highland Whisky this week. Batch #1 was done in collaboration with Three Notch’d Brewing Company, a Central Virginia brewery. Release parties at both the distillery’s Visitors Center as well as the brewery will take place on February 10, 2018.

Three Notch’d Brewing created a Wee Heavy style beer especially for batch #1 called “Stage Road”. The brewery used Virginia Distillery Company’s whisky casks to age the beer for a number of months and Virginia Distillery Company took the barrels back for finishing this inaugural release of Brewers Batch. The whisky finished in these casks for 12 months. Read the rest of this entry

The Bitter Truth re-creates the original cocktail bitters brand

TBT_Bogarts BittersThe Bitter Truth announces the introduction—well, in a sense, re-introduction—of a new product, more than 150-years-old: Bogart’s Bitters. Bogart’s was the original bitters called for in the first cocktail book ever published, The Bar-Tender’s Guide: How to mix Drinks, or The Bon-Vivant’s Companion penned by Jerry Thomas in 1862. Though in Thomas’s time the brand was sold as “Boker’s Bitters,” it is believed a misspelling by Thomas himself led to it being listed as “Bogart’s” in all of the book’s printings before his death in 1885 (affecting the 1862 and 1876 versions). In homage to Thomas’s legacy, The Bitter Truth – Bogart’s Bitters will be released in limited quantity in February.

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Catoctin Creek Distilling Co. expands across the U.S.

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Catoctin Creek Distilling Co. announces a major expansion of the brand nationally, adding 10 new states to the distribution map for the company, growing the footprint for the company to 25 states and the District of Columbia. The craft distillery’s growth comes, in part, because of the decision by Total Wine to carry the entire line of Catoctin Creek products in its retail stores nationwide. Read the rest of this entry