The Barrel Mill announces threefold increase in production, introduces new 53-gallon oak barrel

Oak barrels are a hot commodity in the spirits industry. In the face of rising demand, The Barrel Mill announced Tuesday that the Avon, Minnesota, cooperage greatly increased its inventory with a threefold oak barrel production within the last year. Not only is the company stepping up its barrel production, but the business also introduced a new barrel to … [ Read more]

England’s Only Master Cooper Seeks Apprentice

The last master cooper in England, Alastair Simms of White Rose Cooperage in Wetherby, West Yorkshire, has no takers looking to carry on the tradition of barrel making. With microbrewing and artisan cideries increasing the demand for oak barrels, the time couldn’t be better for an enterprising young Briton to take the reins. [H/T The … [ Read more]