News from the spirits, craft spirits, and beverage alcohol categories.

American Born Moonshine Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Founded in 2012 by Patrick Dillingham, a former Notre Dame quarterback and Sean Koffel, a former U.S. Marine Corps Captain and Iraq War veteran – American Born Moonshine is poised for continued success and expansion, with the construction of a Moonshine Bar completed at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena and the announcement of an E-Commerce platform that will sell apparel and merchandise to its fans nationwide.

Glenfiddich Recreates its Original 1963 Straight Malt Whisky

A unique expression inspired by the 1963 Straight Malt, which was the first ever single malt to be actively marketed internationally. A reproduction of the original Glenfiddich Straight Malt, the release is an exclusive addition to the family run distiller’s collection of whiskies and will be available exclusively in the US, and Taiwan in 2014.

KOVAL Distillery Launches Organic Dry Gin

With a base of its award-winning white whiskey, KOVAL’s Dry Gin adds flavors from grains of paradise, rose hip, juniper, angelica root, and coriander. This recipe makes a gin that is crisp enough to be enjoyed straight and complex enough to be an ideal base for both classic and contemporary cocktails, according to the company.

Taliera, Inc. Launches Sugar Skull Rum

“The premium and super-premium spirits categories have been growing consistently for most of the past two decades, outpacing the spirits market in general,” said J. Smoke Wallin, CEO, Taliera, Inc. “Despite its size, the Rum category has yet to produce a break-out brand in the $25-30 price category. Sugar Skull Rum will be that brand.”

Copper & Kings Craft Brandy Now Distributed in Georgia

Louisville-based Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. has appointed Savannah Distributing Co. as their wholesale partner for the state of Georgia. The fast-expanding American brandy distiller adds Georgia as the eighth state for distribution of their craft spirits joining Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee and its home state of Kentucky.

Purity Vodka Launches Third Installment of “Crafted Spirits with Joel McHale” Digital Content Series

In the most recent video, McHale visits Matt “Mayhem” Biolos, award-winning surfboard designer and owner of LOST Surfboards, at their San Clemente, CA headquarters. McHale and Biolos tour his state-of-the-art shaping facility before testing out the custom-made Purity Vodka LOST Mayhem surfboard at the beach.