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Craft Beverage Modernization Act Achieves House Majority

A bit of news from the American Craft Spirits Association American-Craft-Spirits-Association-Logo-1

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 a clear, bipartisan majority in the U.S. House. The Senate, with a companion bill S. 236, introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MN) is just shy of a majority as well.

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Casey Jones Distillery Celebrates Impending Solar Eclipse with Moonshine

Casey Jones Distillery (Hopkinsville, Ky.) is preparing for the Aug. 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse by bottling Casey’s Cut Total Eclipse Moonshine, what it calls the “Official Drink of the 2017 Solar Eclipse.” Read the rest of this entry

Garrison Brothers Distillery fills 10,000th bourbon whiskey barrel

On Monday Hye, Texas-based Garrison Brothers Distillery, part of the first wave of small distilleries outside of Kentucky to authentically hand-produce straight bourbon whiskey, filled its 10,000th bourbon barrel.

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Stellar booze lineup at Independent Spirits Expo in New York City

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The New York edition of the Independent Spirits Expo, a tasting showcase of craft and specialty imported spirits, is tomorrow, May 24 and the lineup is looking pretty epic.

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Updated book cover for The Drinkable Globe worldwide booze book

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Just a quick tweak to the cover of my upcoming book coming this fall from Turner Publishing. It’s now called “The Drinkable Globe: The Indispensable Guide to the World Wide of BoozePre-order it now and! Amazon is selling it, at least temporarily, for the extremely low price of $11.85! Get it before the price climbs back up.

WSWA: Whiskey from Oaxaca, Mexico (Yes, you read that right!)

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One of the great surprises at the 74th Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention was Sierra Norte, a new brand of whiskey from Oaxaca. Oaxaca, of course, is known for mezcal, but one particular producer and importer of the agave spirit has decided to make use of the Mexican state’s abundant corn crop and produce a line of whiskeys—a rarity in those parts. Caballeros, Inc. is best known for Scorpion mezcal (featured in my first book, The Year of Drinking Adventurously) and now it’s marketing a line of whiskeys made from yellow, white and black corn. I caught up with Caballeros, Inc.’s Barbara Sweetman who detailed the creation of master distiller Douglas French.