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Wiggly Bridge Distillery to fill 500th whiskey barrel

If you happen to be anywhere near southern Maine on Saturday, May 19, you’re not going to want to miss this distilling milestone…

Not only is May 19 World Whisky Day, but York, Maine’s Wiggly Bridge Distillery will be filling its 500th barrel. wigglybridge

The distillery is planning a celebration to commemorate the milestone—huge for a small batch craft distillery in Maine. Ticket holders will be able to sign the barrel and their name will be entered in for the chance to seal the barrel by hammering in the bung after the barrel is filled.

Attendees are eligible to receive one of the first 12 bottles from the barrel when it is released in 2022. Along with celebratory cocktails, the celebration includes rolling the barrel to the Wiggly Bridge Rickhouse where the barrel will mature four years.
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American Craft Spirits Association announces board election results

American-Craft-Spirits-Association-Logo-1A bit of news on the changing of the guard on the Board of Directors of the American Craft Spirits Association…

The American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) today announces the appointment of Chris Montana, Owner of Du Nord Craft Spirits (MN), as the President of the Board of Directors, replacing Mark Shilling, who has served as the organization’s president since April 2017. Maggie Campbell, President of Privateer Rum (MA), has also been named as the organization’s Vice President and Colin Keegan of Santa Fe Spirits (NM) will serve as Secretary/Treasurer.  Together, Montana, Campbell, and Keegan, who have served as key members of ACSA’s Board of Directors over the last year, and the newly-elected and re-elected Board of Directors will work with Executive Director Margie A.S. Lehrman to address the key issues facing the craft distilling industry. Read the rest of this entry

Damrak Gin teams up with Q Drinks on gin & tonic kit

Amsterdam’s Damrak Gin and Brooklyn’s Q Drinks announce today that the brands have collaborated to create a craft gin & tonic kit scheduled to hit retail outlets nationwide this month and which will be available through summer 2018. Read the rest of this entry

Distilled Spirits Council rebrands with new logo and website

This just in from The Distilled Spirits Council 

DISCUSlogoThe Distilled Spirits Council today announced the launch of a rebranding initiative, featuring a new logo, website and annual report, as part of an ongoing modernization effort.

 “The distilled spirits sector has achieved both record sales and exports, with eight consecutive years of market share growth,” says Distilled Spirits Council president & CEO Kraig R. Naasz. “To celebrate this achievement, we are introducing a modern branding initiative that reflects consumer enthusiasm for spirits and celebrates the cocktail culture both domestically and around the globe. Read the rest of this entry

Diageo acquires Belsazar aperitif

A bit of news out of Diageo and the drinks brand incubator, Distill Ventures. German entrepreneurs Maximillian Wagner and Sebastian Brack are likely toasting with more than a few glasses of their aperitif from the Black Forest. 

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Diageo this week announced the acquisition of Belsazar GmbH, a premium aperitif from Germany’s Black Forest. Belsazar was launched by entrepreneurs Maximillian Wagner and Sebastian Brack on the Berlin food and drinks scene in 2013. Belsazar is the first company to be acquired by Diageo through Distill Ventures. Read the rest of this entry

Woodford Reserve unveils 2018 Kentucky Derby bourbon bottle

DB8C5F7C-045B-4EAC-A8FC-36DD12BECA4FWoodford Reserve is honoring “the greatest two minutes in sports” with the release of its 2018 Kentucky Derby commemorative bottle. The limited-edition Woodford Reserve bottle features the colorful artwork of Louisville artist Keith Anderson.

Anderson has for 11 years worked in the Bourbon Street Café, the private dining room at Brown-Forman headquarters in Louisville. At the 2017 company Derby party, while Anderson was stocking the bar, he told Mark Bacon, senior vice president at Brown-Forman: “These artists before me, they’re good, but I’m no slouch. One day, I will have that Derby bottle.” Read the rest of this entry