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:
Rory Donovan, Peach Street Distillery
Ted Huber, Starlight Distillery
Brett Joyce, Rogue Brewing and Distilling
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