Passing the Test

A couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to take the exam for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Level 2 Award in Spirits.  The exam followed a two-day intensive class that involved a pretty significant amount of hooch-geekery. We studied the methods of production for different types of booze.  We fretted over things like the subtle (and occasionally… Read More Passing the Test


At the American Craft Spirits Association annual convention this past week, I had the pleasure of attending a presentation by senior TTB staffers.  The presentation included discussion of current regulatory initiatives, including the long-awaited open comment period where the public will have the opportunity to weigh in on potential changes to the existing federal rules… Read More Limbo

Agony of de-FET

I’m in Nashville this week, attending the annual convention of the American Craft Spirits Association.  It is a great event, filled with informative classes, a plethora of booths for vendors to peddle their wares, and tasting events in the evening. Not surprisingly, one of biggest draws in the event was the town hall meeting, where… Read More Agony of de-FET