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

It’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.”

Koloa Rum launches Kauai Reserve Three-Year Aged Hawaiian Rum

Hawaii’s Koloa Rum Company has announced the launch of its first-ever Kauai Reserve Three-Year Aged Hawaiian Rum. Crafted in single-batches at its Kalaheo distillery, Kauai Reserve is made from the finest Hawaii sugar cane and fresh island water that was slowly filtered through volcanic strata before reaching vast underground aquifers. Kauai Reserve is aged for a minimum of three years in select American white oak barrels…

Craft Beverage Modernization Act Achieves House Majority

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…

Hemingway Rum Co. officially opens Key West distillery

Hemingway Rum Company, the makers of Papa’s Pilar premium sipping rums, which were inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s spirit of adventure, officially opened its Rum Distillery & Experience Center to the public on Saturday, May 20. The new facility pays homage to the legendary adventurer who once proudly called Key West home.