This Stinks! The nose knows…

Or does it? Humans, particularly here in the U.S., are rather bad at analyzing sensory information. Especially smell. This morning, upon arriving at the distillery, I immediately knew that the yeast I had pitched into our latest mash had taken off. Before the door had closed behind me it...

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Sister Stills…

As some of you know, this year’s ADI conference (American Distilling Institute) took us to Baltimore for a week. In addition to the outstanding bars and restaurants, a very educational Gin workshop at the Jos. Magnus distillery in DC and some great talks by presenting speakers one thing in...

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The Importance of Barrel Entry Proof

There are a number of reasons a distiller may choose a certain barrel entry proof for their spirit. Tradition, economics & desired flavor all weigh in. Let’s look at a couple. Most whiskies have regulations regarding maximum distilling proof and maximum barrel entry proof. The distillation proof ensures that...

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Craft is Crap pt. 2

In my last rant, I tackled the overuse of words like “Handcrafted” and “Artisanal”. In this one, we’ll go the other route and talk about what words you can and cannot use on your label. This all regards labelling in the U.S. and the TTB’s (Trade & Tax Bureau)...

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Craft is Crap: Part 1

Artisanal, Handcrafted, Locally Sourced, Small Batch. The list goes on and on and on. If you’re at all involved with the world of “Craft” Beer or Spirits you’re no doubt all too familiar with these words. But what does it all mean? Frankly, not a whole lot. Short of...

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Craft Distilling: a Manifesto

Craft Distilling, Micro Distilleries, Artisan…What does it really mean?   Depends who you ask.   My vision of a craft distilling movement is one that seeks to innovate and shake the roots of a very standardized industry. Creating products from scratch, developing interesting and unique flavor combinations from a...

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Food Reclamation

Our Dear Johnny Whiskey uses apples from Lynds Fruit Farm.  We smoke them ourselves for 24 hours before steeping them in our unaged whiskey.  After days of infusion we redistill the whiskey with the smoked apples in the still.  In addition to an amazing unique whiskey we are also...

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In Stores Now

Our Spirits Have Shipped! They will arrive in stores throughout the week. Please ask for it when you go as it may not be out on the shelf yet. North Campus Carryout Weilands Gourmet Honeybees on South High Ale Wine & Spirits of Powell Arena Wine and Spirits Bexley...

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