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A Day on the Trail: A Behind the Scenes Tour of the Brown-Forman Cooperage [Video]

You’ll often hear distillers say that as much as 50% of a bourbons flavor and 100% of its color comes from the charred new Oak barrel that the bourbon is aging in. Though some might argue on the percentages, they all agree that the barrel is a ke…

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Which States Were the First to Ratify the 18th Amendment to the Constitution? You May Be Surprised

In the modern world, we have infographics to help share stories in an interesting graphical way. 100 years ago we had cartographers that helped to share the important stories of the day with engaging maps. In this case, the map we discovered tell the t…

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100 Years Ago Today U.S. Votes Itself Dry – 18th Amendment Ratified into Law January 16, 1919

100 years ago today, on January 16, 1919 the United States of America voted itself dry. With a three-forth majority vote, the state of Nebraska became the 36th state to ratify the 18th Amendment making Prohibition the law of the land effective one year…

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Southern Distilling Company’s Expansion Opens Up Contract Distillation Discounts [BrandScape]

Southern Distilling Company located in Statesville, North Carolina, is one of the nation’s largest state-of-the-art craft spirits distilleries. The distillery owned and operated by husband and wife entrepreneurs Pete and Vienna Barger opened in 2…

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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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