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ADI Announces 2014 Spirits
Conference & Vendor Expo in Seattle
March 31-April 2, 2014


There is a movement sweeping the country - a movement challenging the status quo. You know, because you are a part of it. Your hard work has brought new spirits to the marketplace, generated new jobs, increased tourism and created new markets for small farmers. Born with the trailblazers, American Distilling Institute has grown alongside our industry, challenging and reinventing itself as the voice of Craft Distilling.

WA Distillers Guild Distilling has outgrown its nascent status. Clearly a force to be reckoned with this past Spring, more than 900 people descended on Denver for ADI's 10th Anniversary Spirits Conference. Together, we're putting craft distilling on the map, and we're ready to break a new record! ADI is proud to announce that over 1000 people are expected to attended the 2014 national conference in downtown Seattle, WA, next to Pike Place Market, with our home base being the Sheraton Seattle.

Why Washington? Washington has become a hotbed of distillation, with 70 functioning distilleries, 30 under construction, and another 30 in the works. With great pride, ADI announces a partnership with the Washington Distillers Guild to bring the largest gathering of craft distillers to Seattle.

This will be our most exciting conference ever! Registrations coming later this year.

With a revamped, energized, passionate team, we're working on exciting new projects for our members. Please welcome aboard our Conference Director, Anne-Sophie Whitehead. A French native, Anne-Sophie brings us over 20 years of experience in rapidly building and directing dozens of large and small scale conferences and media properties in the US and Europe. Anne-Sophie is based in the NYC area, and will be very active in helping ADI serve the fast-growing craft distilling community.

American Distilling Institute -- the first and largest organization supporting the interests of the Craft Distilling movement

Stay Tuned - in our next newsletter:
For details on our July issue of Distiller Magazine and upcoming Hands-On Distilling Classes
VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: Universal Packaging 

Some of the most beautiful liquor bottles on shelves today were created by Universal Packaging Corp. With 28 years of experience, Universal Packaging is recognized as an industry leader in quality packaging solutions to craft distilleries. It is also the only company in North America to provide "one-stop shopping" to the craft distilling industry. The services that Universal Packaging provides include: bottle decoration (screen printing, decals, spraying), world-wide glass supply, Vinolok closures (North American exclusive), bar tops, capsules, on-line and printed cartons. This comprehensive solution allows Universal Packaging's customers to focus on what's important - creating art through distilling. 


Universal Packaging provides their services to over 120 distilleries across North America, including well known craft distilleries such as Dry Fly. By sourcing glass globally, Universal Packaging stocks products that meet the needs of each individual distillery. The excellent team in the art department works closely with customers to ensure unique, beautiful artwork that can wrap 360 degrees around the bottle.


Universal Packaging is a proud sponsor of the American Distilling Institute. Universal Packaging has the same values as ADI and its members - honesty, integrity and a dedication to its craft. Above all, Universal Packaging takes great pride in servicing its ADI customers and helping them become successful. As a family-owned business, Universal Packaging understands the needs of small craft distilleries, and puts its customers first and foremost.


Universal Packaging would love to hear from you for any packaging needs. Please contact them through or call: 866-549-1323 x 217, and ask for Derek.

NEW PRODUCTS: Garrison Brothers
Cowboy Bourbon

Garrison Brothers Distillery, Texas' first legal bourbon whiskey distillery and the maker of multi-award-winning Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey, recently announced the limited statewide introduction of its first new bourbon whiskey, Cowboy Bourbon™.  


"This is the first new bourbon we have introduced since we released Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey on Texas Independence Day in 2010," says owner Dan Garrison. "It is not for the faint of heart and certainly not for casual drinking.  It is a limited release - just 600 bottles - of the finest bourbon we've ever made."  


In a 375-ml bottle, Cowboy Bourbon™ is uncut and unfiltered, straight from the barrel, weighing in at 136 proof or 68% alcohol by volume. "If you want one, I should warn you that it may set you back a little," says Garrison. "We're anticipating retailers will price these rare bottles at $159.99 to $169.99. The little distillery in Hye won't introduce its Cowboy Bourbon™ again until 2015.


**Please send info of new product releases and breaking news from your distilleries for consideration in our social media Facebook and Twitter pages to Virginia Miller, virginia[at] 

FDA and Food Safety - A Cautionary Tale for Distillers


Based on feedback we have heard from several ADI members, it seems the Food and Drug Administration is taking a more active role in the distilled spirits industry - heretofore primarily the domain of the TTB. This includes facility site visits and product integrity. With this in mind, it may be time well spent to review the FDA site regarding Ingredients, packaging and labeling, as well as Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for the food industry. Keep in mind that "food" denotes anything consumable that you sell, including gift shop items like sauces, etc...  


A recently announced recall at a major distillery is both cautionary and instructive. See this Spring press release from the FDA:


Recall -- Firm Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (March 2013) The Gift Shop at XXXX Distillery today voluntarily recalled all non-expired products listed below due to mislabeling and undeclared allergens. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to wheat, soy, anchovy, and/or milk, run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.      


All labels on future products will be corrected to list all allergens. The mislabeled products, all sold under the XXXX Distillery brand name, can be identified with the following names and are missing these allergens in the ingredients: 






Bourbon Flavored Caramel Sauce

Milk and Soy

8 oz jar



Bourbon Flavored Fudge Sauce

Milk and Soy

8 oz jar



Marinade for Meat

Wheat, Soy and Anchovy

12 fl oz bottle



Barbecue Sauce

Soy and Anchovy

16 fl oz jar



Hot Barbecue Sauce

Soy and Anchovy

16 fl oz jar



Conference Sessions Now Available for Members
Notes from ADI 2013 Conference presentations are now available on for members only - please log in to the "Members Only" section via the log in on the upper right hand corner of our home page to access over six session notes or slide shows available.   
Please contact Kim Harrison, Membership Director, with membership and log in questions: kim[at] or 925-256-4206. 
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Please send big news from your distilleries (new product releases, significant awards, etc.) or states (legislation, etc.) for consideration to be posted on our social media pages to Virginia Miller, virginia[at] 
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