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Trade Organization for Craft Distillers Announced

April 9, 2013 By: Nightclub & Bar


The formal launch of the American Craft Distillers Association (ACDA) was announced today.

As Rory Donovan, interim president of ACDA, explains, ACDA was formed "of, by, and for licensed craft distillers" in order to "promote and protect craft distilling in the United States."

Craft distilling is a phenomenon sweeping the country. With more than 320 distilleries in existence and more on the way, products run the full gamut from brandy to bourbon, and all are gaining popularity with mixologists, restaurants, and consumers around the country.

According to Penn Jensen, ACDA executive director, "Our focus will be on brand building, public outreach, and legislative action on national and state levels to support the entrepreneur craft distillers everywhere in the U.S."

The board of directors of the new organization reads as a "Who's Who" in the burgeoning world of craft distilling. They include:

President                           
Rory Donovan, Peach Street Distillery
rory@americancraftdistillersassociation.org

Vice President                      
Ted Huber, Starlight Distillery
thuber@huberwinery.com

Secretary/Treasurer             
Brett Joyce, Rogue Brewing and Distilling
brett@rogue.com

Board Members                    
Ralph Erenzo, Tuthilltown Distillery
Lee Medoff, Bull Run Distillery
Tom Potter, NY Distilling Co.
Chip Tate, Balcones Distillery
Rick Wasmund, Copper Fox Distillery
Andrew Weber, Corsair Distillery                                               

Ex Officio Member
David Pickerell, Oakview Consulting    


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