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Old Forester Spices up the Lineup with Introduction of Old Forester Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

Similar to the rye grain that makes it spicy, the entire rye category is hot. According to the Distilled Spirits Council – DISCUS, rye whiskey sales in the U.S. grew 934 percent between 2009 and 2017. As announced during their last investor presentatio…

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Debunking the Boozy Boogeyman: Separating Fact from Fiction When It Comes to Control States [BrandScape]

Everyone loves a good urban legend. One of my favorites is Bloody Mary – the ghost in the mirror, not the drink. Even when it comes to alcohol there are a few urban legends that have stood the test of time. “Beer before liquor, never sicker; liqu…

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Distillery Trail’s Top 10 Most Popular Stories and Distilleries of 2018

2018 has been an amazing year for the distilled and craft spirits industry. The year started out with a big win as distillers enjoyed a reduction in their Federal Excise Tax (FET) for the first time since the Civil War. The number of active DSPs contin…

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Kentucky Peerless Distilling Promotes Head Distiller Caleb Kilburn to Master Distiller

Like most distilleries across the country, Prohibition was the death nail for Distilled Spirits Plant No. 50 (DSP-KY-50). Originally founded in the early 1880s in Henderson, Kentucky, what was to become the Kentucky Peerless Distillery Co. was making 2…

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Virginia’s MurLarkey Distilled Spirits Names Master Chef George “Papi” Zwetkow as Master Distiller

MurLarkey Distilled Spirits of Bristow, Virginia has named George “Papi” Zwetkow as their new Master Distiller and “nose” of MurLarkey. With over 35 years of experience as a master chef, brewer, vintner and distiller, George “Papi” Zwetkow brings a uni…

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Star Union Spirits Converts c1845 Brewery into Craft Spirit Distillery and Tasting Room

Tapping into the historical adult beverage roots of America’s heartland, Co-founders Bob Windy and Jeff Yosowitz have opened Star Union Spirits distillery in Peru, Illinois. For Windy, a Peru native it’s a homecoming in many ways. It was hi…

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Sazerac Company Purchases 19 Brands from Star Industries and Black Prince Distillery

The Sazerac Company owners of Buffalo Trace Distillery and marquee bourbon brands like Pappy Van Winkle, E.H. Taylor, Eagle Rare, Blanton’s and many more has acquired 19 additional brands from Star Industries and Black Prince Distillery. The bran…

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80+ Year Old Saxco International Packaging Company Sold to Atlas Holdings

You may not see their name on the bottle at the local liquor store but Saxco International has been holding many of the world’s favorite beers, wines and distilled spirits since just after Prohibition. The company headquartered in Concord, Califo…

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A Day on the Trail: Virginia’s Catoctin Creek Distilling is All Rye, All the Time [Video]

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company in Purcellville, Virginia is not your average craft spirits distillery. While many craft spirits makers start out with a white dog or are quick to jump on the bourbon bandwagon, Catoctin Creek is none of those things. …

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Bardstown Bourbon Co. and Angel’s Envy Move Up to Kentucky Distillers’ Association Heritage Members

Less than a month after Thanksgiving, two members of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association have moved from the kids table to the adults table. Bardstown Bourbon Company located in Bardstown, The Bourbon Capital of the World, started distillation in Sept…

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