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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

Craft spirits trends for 2018

I wrote this for the latest edition of the American Craft Spirits Association‘s e-newsletter. Thought I’d share it with you, as well. 

It’s hard to believe that yet another year is behind us. If 2017 proved anything, it’s that these are indeed exciting times to be in the craft spirits business. And that’s going to be doubly true in 2018. Here’s a look at some of the big spirits trends to keep an eye on in the new year.

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Seattle’s Heritage Distilling Co. launches ‘Cask Club Radio show

Seattle’s KIRO Radio 97.3 FM and Heritage Distilling Co., Inc. (HDC) have launched the first weekly radio broadcast show dedicated to the growing craft spirits, cocktail, beer and wine culture.

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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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Former Morgan Stanley CEO joins Bardstown Bourbon board

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The Bardstown Bourbon Company (BBCo) announced today the appointment of John J. Mack to its board of directors. Mack is the former chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley, having served in those roles from 2005 to 2011.

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Eastside Distilling Launches Oregon Craft Spirits Retail Concept

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Eastside Distilling Co. today  launched a new retail branding for its portfolio: Oregon Craft Spirits. The initial Oregon Craft Spirits branded location is at Bridgeport Village Mall, an open-air mall located in Tigard, Oregon.

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