2018 has been an amazing year for the distilled and craft spirits industry. The year started out with a big win as distillers enjoyed a reduction in their Federal Excise Tax (FET) for the first time since the Civil War. The number of active DSPs continued to grow and now exceeds more than 1800 active distilleries across the country. The tales we covered throughout the year run the gambit from startups to acquisitions to failures, from once dead distilleries reopening after 50 years of darkness to experiments with different grains and mashbills. And to close out the year, the TTB released a 132 page proposal asking for public comment on proposed changes in rulings and definitions. Most of these are just clarifications of modern practices while others are head scratchers like trying to restrict barrel sizes to 50 gallons.
We look forward to meeting more and more of you as we continue to share Tales from the Trail in the New Year!
Without further ado, here's DistilleryTrail's top 10 most popular stories and distilleries from 2018. Cheers!