Member Highlight: Home Base Spirits

Home Base Spirits is a women-owned, sustainable business operated by a dynamic duo. Behind the scenes are sisters— twins in fact— Alexandra and Samantha Blatteis. Since their launch in 2015, they have been celebrating local ingredients, agriculture, and the unique process behind every one of their spirits. Alexandra and Samantha Blatteis were born and raised…

The Craft Maltsters Guild Announces Its Certified Craft Malt Seal

The North American Craft Maltsters Guild is excited to announce its Certified Craft Malt Seal that will allow brewers and distillers to communicate their use of and support for distinctive, locally produced raw materials. The seal will be officially unveiled on Craft Malt Day on Friday, September 13, 2019, at events across the country. The…

AMBA Recommended Malting Barley Varieties for 2019

Each year, the American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) releases its list of recommended malting barley varieties to US growers. AMBA is a nonprofit trade association of 76 brewing, distilling and malting companies that are end users of US malting barley. The list is meant to inform US producers which malting barley varieties the industry intends to use in the…

Distilling Research Grant Auction 2018 Launched

The American Distilling Institute is proud to announce a new initiative that will support craft distilling by funding scientific research. The newly formed non-profit Distilling Research Grant (DRG) will be funded from an online auction site filled with donations from world-class vendors. The funds will be dispersed to distillers and distilling industry researchers by an independent Advisory Committee composed…

Westland Distillery & Skagit Valley Malting Work to Create Locally-Harvested Peat Malt

By Tyler Pederson, Head Stillman, Westland Distillery Peated whiskey is a longstanding tradition in the whiskey-making of the Old World, but here in America, it’s a relatively new idea. Frankly, single malt whiskey in and of itself is a new concept in this country. When we started Westland—focused solely on the production of single malt—our…