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Today’s Gins Distill Timeless Appeal with a Modern Twist

As innovative distillers challenge tradition, gin is evolving in exciting and unexpected ways. Whether hailing from surprising origins or possessing a less-Juniper-forward flavor profile, today’s gins lend themselves to experimentation with creative cocktails.
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Authenticity, quality can help reach Gen Z ‘mindful drinkers’

The future is calling, and it’s talking about wellness and self-care. The generation that follows the Millennial cohort, Gen Z (defined by Pew Research as born between 1997 and 2012) includes young adults now of legal drinking age. Unlike previous generations, these younger drinkers are more likely to embrace moderation.
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Interview with Tanya Jeradechachai, Vice President of Ingredient Solutions R&D

She may stay away from the kitchen at home, but her passion for cereal chemistry and food science is part of a serious recipe for R&D at MGP. Meet Tanya Jeradechachai.
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American Whiskey’s History, Complex Taste Gain International Following

American Whiskey is popular far beyond its roots. With good reason, as U.S. distillers begin to offer more spirits from the fast-growing premium and super-premium category in export markets. But there’s more to the international love affair with U.S.-crafted bourbons and ryes.
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Pandemic Upended the Spirits Industry But Opens New Possibilities

A new year, and the spirits market begins what global market intelligence firm Mintel forecasts as a three-year “recovery period” from the impact of COVID-19. The pandemic accelerated trends in alcohol consumption that will continue to shape consumer demand in 2022.
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Single Malt Whiskey
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A Singly Popular American Whiskey

In the craft distilling community, innovation often pays tribute to time-bound processes and mash bills.  The American Single Malt Whiskey revival does that, with a twist, sometimes looking to inspiration from Scotland, Ireland and Japan. But it remains distinctly American, further enhancing the nation’s reputation for fine whiskeys as craft distillers create a product distinctive from traditional bourbons and ryes, according to drinks market research firm IWSR.
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Cocktails and Dreams Neon
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RTD Cocktails Showcase Quality Craft Spirits

Craft distilleries constantly innovate to stay relevant in the crowded spirits category. Case in point: Ready-to-drink cocktails. Gone are the days when hyper-sweet concoctions dominated the category. Craft distillers in recent years recognized that premixed, canned cocktails were an excellent outlet to introduce their brands and showcase   quality spirits. The opportunity remains solid with the popularity of cocktails-to-go and consumers’ desire to drink premium spirits at home, trends that boomed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Do Super-Premium Spirits Have Staying Power?

Super-premium spirits were hot at the dawn of 2020. Then, a little thing called a pandemic forced consumers to stay home. Unable to spend on travel and other experiences, they experimented with cooking and cocktails, turning to online shopping for their alcohol, including high-end spirits.
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Exceptional Whiskeys Begin with Exceptional Quality

The lore surrounding American whiskey has captivated an eager market. Especially the notion of “craft,” with carefully created mash bills, skillful blending and unique barrel finishes. And there are famous stories about fermentation and distillation -- every aspect of the whiskey-making process -- passed down across generations.
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Market Modernization
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After a tough year, some craft distilleries still look to expansion.

No question. 2020 was a rough year for U.S. craft distillers. The COVID-19 pandemic dealt a one-two punch: Not only were their tasting rooms forced to close, so were bars and restaurants, causing on-premise spirits consumption to plummet. Still, some craft distillers are considering expansion, even if their 2021 will be something of a reset. Their optimism is based on expectations for pent-up consumer demand and new opportunities born out of necessity during the pandemic: Direct to Consumer sales; cocktails-to-go; and scaling operations as a cost-savings measure. DISCUS refers to these kinds of developments as “market modernizations” that will help boost the industry’s recovery.
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Spirits Industry Stays Strong
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The spirits industry stays strong.

The coronavirus pandemic changed us all. It changed the way we go about our daily lives, the way we interact with each other and the way we consume. Every industry had to adapt to the country’s new way of life. The spirits industry not only adapted, but got stronger and showed a promising future.   According to a blog post from FoodBev Media, the alcoholic beverage market is expected to continue growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 4% over the next 6 years. Why? Glad you asked.
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Gen Z Booze Buying
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Gen Z: online vs in-store booze buying.

You’d think that Gen Z would be heavily inclined to jump on the online booze-buying bandwagon. Think again. According to a recent report by alcohol e-commerce platform Drizly, Gen Z is more likely than Millennials, Gen X and even Boomers to buy alcohol from liquor stores than online.

But while this may ring true now, alcohol e-commerce is still growing at a rate of 40%, so consumers will continue to transition toward purchasing alcohol online, just like we’re seeing the growth in online food and grocery businesses.

Read more of the Drizly report highlights here.

From still to shelf
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From Still to Shelf – Finding a Distributor

You might recall our blog post that gives an overview of the three-tier alcohol distribution system. Most distillers have a rudimentary knowledge of two of those: producers and retailers. If you’re a distiller, you ARE a producer. And if you’ve ever been in a liquor store or bar, you’ve experienced the retail tier. But it’s the tier in-between that many distillers have yet to master: the distribution tier.
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Vodka and white spirits still white hot
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Vodka and White Spirits are Still White Hot

Whiskey, whiskey, whiskey. It’s been the talk of the town, and the distilling industry, for quite a while now. And for good reason, its popularity has been steadily growing for years. But there’s a spirit that might deserve some of the same attention. Hint: it’s white, flavor-neutral and great in cocktails.
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Raise a Glass to Yourself

During the coronavirus crisis, distillers across the country dedicated their time and valuable resources to producing hand sanitizer. We want to say thanks to you all. You make us proud to be in this industry and to call many of you our partners. Cheers!