Du Nord Craft Spirits warehouse ‘severely damaged’

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to raise US$50,000 for Du Nord Craft Spirits after its warehouse was “severely damaged” during the Minneapolis protests in the US. The distillery is owned by the former president of the American Craft Spirits Association, Chris Montana. Protests have erupted in cities across the US in response to the death of African-American George Floyd while in police custody. Du Nord Craft Spirits’ warehouse is located on…

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Exploring the evolution of the ‘craft’ movement

When the ‘craft’ spirits scene emerged, leading producers were told to watch their backs – but has the category taken off as expected? The Spirits Business revisits brands grouped under the ‘craft’ umbrella – willingly or otherwise – to see where they are now. *This feature was originally published in the November 2019 issue of The Spirits Business Though many trends have come and gone in the spirits world, the interest in ‘craft’ has been…

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Brands must find more articulate definition than ‘craft’

Using the term ‘craft’ is “inarticulate and lazy”, and spirits producers should find better ways of communicating what their brands are about, the founder of East London Liquor Company (ELLC) has said. Speaking to The Spirits Business last month, Alex Wolpert, founder of ELLC, said the distillery does not consider itself to be a ‘craft’ producer, although many might place the firm under the ‘craft spirits’ umbrella. “We’ve always prided ourselves in debunking that ‘craft’…

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US distillers gain support for permanent tax cuts

Congressional support for legislation that gives a federal tax cut for craft brewers and distillers in the US has received a “record” number of co-sponsors. A total of 315 co-sponsors of the US House of Representatives and 73 in the US Senate have pledged their support for the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act. The support comes following a ‘day of action’, which resulted in more than 10,000 engagements from more than 3,000 individuals…

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US trade body creates Craft Advisory Council

The Distilled Spirits Council has formed the Craft Advisory Council, which will address policy issues impacting ‘craft’ distillers. The new council will also “enhance the member experience for its craft members” and guide the trade body’s programming and benefits for ‘craft’ distillers. “Discus [Distilled Spirits Council] is fully committed to understanding and advancing the issues important to our craft distiller members,” said Chris Swonger, president and CEO of Distilled Spirits Council and Responsibility.org. “This new…

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