2019 Year in Review: Wine & Spirits

Ready, Set, Drink! Local distilleries mounted a full-scale invasion of the ready-to-drink (RTD) category in 2019. Canned and bottled cocktails are up 40% nationwide over 2018, riding the same wave as hard seltzers and canned wine in which drinkers are gravitating towards new flavors in convenient packaging. Vikre Distillery of Duluth launched Frenchie, a pink … [ Read more]

U.S. craft distillery count now up to 1,825 (and counting)

The number of current Distilled Spirits Permits—the federal permit required to lawfully operate a distillery—has grown from 560 in 2010 to 1,865 in 2016, reports The Whiskey Wash. In 2015 alone, almost 400 permits were issued. As of this year, more than 1,000 craft distilleries are now operating in the United States, an exponential growth … [ Read more]

Iowa “cocktail room” bill advances out of committee

You can buy alcohol on Sundays in a grocery store in Iowa, but there are still some liquor laws in the Hawkeye state that are a little behind the times. That, however, may soon change. HSB 547 would finally make it legal for Iowa microdistilleries to pour cocktails on site. It passed the state government committee in … [ Read more]

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