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Craft distillers of the world unite...

By: James Wilmore - 16 April 2013 16:57

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Craft distillers are getting evermore serious and getting together. 

Trade groups exclusively representing craft producers' interests exist both sides of the Atlantic, with a new body having just popped up. 

The American Craft Distillers Association has been formed this month to "promote and protect craft distilling in the United States", Modern Distillery Age reported in its latest issue. This is in addition to the American Distilling Institute, which has already existed for ten years, and claims to be the voice of "artisan distilling". 

Meanwhile, in the UK, the Craft Distillers' Alliance has just appointed a chairman - Stephen Davies, MD of Welsh whisky distillery Penderyn. The group was set-up last year by whisk(e)y writer Dominic Roskrow and already numbers around 30 members. 

We'll just have to see if any finger-pointing crops up over what constitutes a "craft" product, as is the case in the brewing world right now

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