Artisanal Spirits

In recent decades, consumers of American spirits have demonstrated a willingness to pay a premium for products branded as boutique or artisanal, produced by small-scale distilleries, characteristic of a specific geography, and made with atypical, heirloom, or organic ingredients. This entry examines craft and artisanal distillers, their production methods and relationship with larger distilleries, as well as the regulation and marketing of artisanal spirits.

Categories of Distillers and Definitions

It is difficult to arrive at any firm definitions for the category or distinguish clearly between craft and mainstream distillers in terms of methods or quality of product. (Distiller refers to the person or company, and distillery is the place where the product is made.) In fact, no federal laws currently exist that regulate the use of ...

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