I'm excited that I have a couple more book projects lined up with White Mule Press but at present I have been busy editing two books for them, one on gin and a second on rum production. These projects have been particularly demanding of my time which is partially why I haven't posted anything recently.
The other piece of exciting news is that I attended the 10th Annual ADI Spirits Conference & Vender Expo, that this year was held in Denver. The conference brought together about 900 distillers, soon to be distillers, and the still, label, glass, barrel and branding vendors that service the craft distilling industry. It was a blast to meet both new and seasoned distillers who were passionate about their craft and committed to growing successful businesses. One of my highlights from the conference was sitting in on David Smith's gin tasting. David writes for a number of publications as well as his site Summer Fruit Cup. We tasted some stand out gins from the US, UK, and France. If you're a big fan of gin a couple to look out for are FEW Barrel Aged Gin and Warner Edwards Harrington Dry Gin.
the gala dinner ADI announced the results from their 7th Annual Judging of Artisan American Spirits. The Best of Class
winners were: Ballast Point Spirits, Devil's Share Malt
Whiskey; Valentine Distilling Company, Liberator Gin; Balcones
Distilling, Texas Rum; Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, Apple Pie
Moonshine; and Jepson Vineyards, Old Stock Mendocino Brandy. For the
full list of winners check out ADI's website.
Now that I'm back from Denver I hope to get back into my routine of posting once or twice a week.