Category Archives: whiskey

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

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

American & Irish whiskey, tequila and Cognac drive spirits industry growth

distilled-spiritsIt’s always a bit like Christmas morning when the Distilled Spirits Council hosts its annual media and analyst briefing in New York. And the haul of goodies was just as bountiful this year as in past years—well, if you’re like me and you consider a year’s worth of category-specific spirits sales figures “goodies.” Read the rest of this entry

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

Conviction Small Batch Bourbon released from Whiskey Prison after 3.5-year term

 

Southern Grace Distilleries, the first distillery in the United States to be located in a former prison, has released its first bourbon after opening its doors three and a half years ago: Conviction SSouthern Grace Distilleries Bourbonmall Batch Bourbon.

“The hard time aging in oak barrels behind bars here at Whiskey Prison has created a cask strength bourbon that’s subtly sweet and smooth,” says Southern Grace Distilleries CEO Leanne Powell.

Conviction Small Batch Bourbon enters the world bourbon market having already received high praise for its taste. Earlier this week the spirit won a Gold Medal at the MicroLiquor Spirit Awards.

Southern Grace Distilleries makes a charitable contribution for every bottle it sells, and the charitable partner for Conviction is the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, the oldest and largest sustainable agriculture organization in the Southeast. “Without corn you can’t have bourbon,” says Powell. “When you enjoy bourbon, thank a farmer. I’m so glad we can help support the efforts of the Carolina Farm Stewardship and their project at the Lomax Incubator Farm which is right down the road from our distillery.”

Southern Grace Distilleries, known as Whiskey Prison, was founded in 2014 and is located in a former North Carolina state prison in Cabarrus County, NC, located about 25 minutes northeast of Charlotte. Conviction is now available in North CarolinaSouth CarolinaWashington, DC, and available online via cellar.com.