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The first Homebrew Con in person since Covid hit was last week, June 23rd - 25th in Pittsburgh. It was great talking to homebrewers again, especially those interested in distilling! I was in attendance representing BSG Handcraft, Grainfather, and Still Spirits at our booth during the expo. I really enjoyed giving a seminar on brewing with ancient grains. Next stop on that journey for me will be distillation with ancient grains, so stay tuned. There was a large amount of interest in home distilling, and luckily, we had arranged to talk to the crowds gathered on the expo floor around the...

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Every first Thursday in June is National Moonshine Day! With a large number of commercial operations making moonshine (in most instances a clear, unaged whiskey) it's easier than ever to celebrate this holiday. If you're looking to try your own hand at moonshining, keep in mind that it's still illegal in most countries to distill! Of course, that's part of the attraction and thrill of making your own booze at home. The popularity of moonshining since prohibition had continued to decrease until recently. New interest in the hobby due to TV shows, more information available online, and a pandemic have...

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If you find yourself at the Craft Brewers Conference in Minneapolis this May, don't miss out on the panel I'll be leading around brewstilleries, and all you need to consider when adding a distillery to a craft brewery. If you're interested in all that goes into adding or opening a distillery to a business, this will be a great seminar to catch. Here's more information: Panel Seminar : The Brewstillery: You're Halfway There! Learning Track: Business & Leadership Speakers: Bartley Blume, Bent Brewstillery Aaron Hyde, Bevie/BSG Chris Kesler, Black Flannel Brewing & Distilling Dave Thibodeau, Ska Brewing, Peach Street Distillers Date: 03/05/2022 Time: 13:30...

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Check out my article on InsideHook where I defend why it's perfectly fine to describe a whisky, or any spirit for that matter, as smooth. Why It’s Perfectly Fine to Describe Your Whisky as “Smooth”

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The Brewing Network's Jamil Zainasheff (Heretic Brewery & Distillery) and John Palmer (How To Brew) were live on Facebook discussing home distilling.  As John and Jamil are expert homebrewers whose Brew Strong podcast is targeted at experienced brewers, the conversation was aimed at those that may be home brewing already and looking to start in distilling. Check it out here - The Brewing Network's Facebook Page.

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