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How to Pick the Best Yeast Strain for Your Distillery

October 28th, 2020

Written by Dr. Patrick Heist, Chief Scientific Officer of Ferm Solutions & Co-Owner of Wilderness Trail Distillery

When we started Wilderness Trail Distillery in 2012, choosing the right yeast strain was easy; that’s because my business partner, Shane Baker, and I started off in the distilling industry as suppliers of yeast and fermentation products.

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Craft Distilling Will Survive This Pandemic— Here’s How

October 21st, 2020

Written by Colin Blake, Director of Spirits Education at Moonshine University; originally published in Artisan Spirit

 In 2005, what some deem the “start” of the American craft distilling movement, there were less than 100 active distillers. Today, that number has surpassed 2,000. Over the years, I’ve watched in aw as the movement has grown exponentially, beating the odds time and time again.

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A Quick Guide to Agave Spirits

October 14th, 2020

Written by Kobe Desmet, Brand Ambassador at Tequila Fortaleza

The world of agave spirits may seem daunting at first— the more you know, the more there is to discover! But don’t worry. If you’re at the beginning of developing your knowledge of this unique style of spirits, the best place to start is with the base itself, the agave.

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Moonshine University to Welcome 30th Class of Distillers

October 7th, 2020

30th class of 6-Day Distillers

Moonshine University, the nation’s premier educational distillery, is gearing up to welcome its 30th class of 6-Day Distillers. Taking place this October 18-23, 2020, the course will mark a significant milestone for the Louisville, KY-based facility whose graduates have gone on to launch 178 distilleries worldwide.

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Beyond A Southern Tradition: The Hot Toddy

September 30th, 2020

Written by Marvin Stoxstell

I remember my grandfather would look me straight in the face, squint his eyes, and in his low baritone tell me stories of how the people of the South would call him “The Sheriff” because he could drive so well. He described how he’d turn a corner so fast it would throw rocks up into the back of his truck. It wasn’t until later that I learned he got these skills running moonshine, just like my great-great grandfather Lee Stoxstell did before him.

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3 Tips for Creating an RTD Cocktail

September 23rd, 2020

Even in the midst of a global pandemic, Ready-to-Drink (RTD) cocktails continue to dominate the beverage space. Though already on the upwards trend pre-COVID, the RTD cocktail category experienced an unprecedented boost just as the US was beginning to feel the effects of the virus.

Thanks to factors like the rise of at-home cocktail culture, convenience, pandemic-fueled concerns for health and safety, and the improved quality and variety of RTDs, consumers are increasingly reaching for RTD cocktails over traditional beer, wine, and spirits.

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Tequila & Mezcal: What’s The Difference?

September 16th, 2020

You may more readily recognize tequila by name – but how much do you really know about the spirit and its close cousin, mezcal? If you’re feeling stumped, here are three primary differences that set the pair of agave-based liquors apart:

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4 Ways to Celebrate Bourbon Heritage Month

September 9th, 2020

If you love Bourbon as much as we do, then you know that the month of September holds special significance – that’s right, National Bourbon Heritage Month is upon us!

On August 2, 2007, the US Senate officially declared September as “National Bourbon Heritage Month” to observe the family heritage, tradition, and deep-rooted legacy the industry contributes to the United States. Sponsored by Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky, the bill passed by unanimous consent and now serves to reinforce the 1964 Act of Congress declaring Bourbon as America’s only native spirit.

Fast forward to 2020, and we continue to honor that heritage and the ongoing role Bourbon has played in our economy, history, and culture as a nation. Though festivities might look a little different this year, there are still safe ways to celebrate – here’s 4.

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2020 Spirits Trends: Where Are We Now?

September 2nd, 2020

At this point last year, no one could have foreseen that within a few short months we’d be facing a global pandemic.

Back in December, we predicted that 2020 would be a year focused on flavor and adventure. Now the world has taken to calling 2020, “The Year of the Lost Summer.” As we surpass the halfway mark for this historic year, it makes sense to consider how current events have affected spirits.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Moonshine’s History

August 27th, 2020

moonshine history

Moonshine has a history that’s as abundant as the styles of the spirit itself. While most people might be aware of the infamous side of its past, this authentically American spirit boasts plenty of qualities worthy of being celebrated today. Don’t believe us? Here’s 5 facts you probably don’t know about this specialty spirit.
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