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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

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

Tales of the Cocktail: Spotlight on Shochu

Shochu expert Stephen Lyman of Kampai.us brings us up to date on the Japanese spirit’s expanding presence in the U.S. market. Apologies for some of the audio on this one.

Tales of the Cocktail: Poolside tiki party w/ Haitian rhum drinks

A quick Tales of the Cocktail poolside check-in, as I sip tiki cocktails courtesy of Rhum Barbancourt Haitian rum.

 

Happy 150th birthday, Canada! Drink some Canadian whisky today!

In honor of Canada’s sesquicentennial, here’s a little piece I wrote for Beverage Media. It’s a bit of a primer on Canadian whisky. And, while you’re at it, be sure to pre-order the second edition of Davin de Kergommeaux’s book, Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert.

Read Back to Basics: Canadian Whisky 101.

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The Drinkable Globe countdown begins: Polish vodka

 

My next book, The Drinkable Globe arrives in just a few short months. (Pre-order it 20. ShotnPickle-Polandtoday!) I see it largely as an extension of this site, celebrating drinking cultures around the world. It features insights on what, where, how, when and why folks drink on every continent. As a sort of countdown to its fall release, I’m going to offer small teases from now until November. Those teases will be in the form of photos, videos and even a few book excerpts here and there detailing the wide world of booze.

The first is a vodka-soaked video I shot in Poland last summer (when I was still calling the video series “The Drinkable Week”). Enjoy! And don’t forget to Pre-order The Drinkable Globe!