About Us


Vision:  The greatest spirits are universally recognized as coming from our member producers, and they are enjoyed responsibly everywhere in the world.

Mission:  To elevate and advocate for the community of craft spirits producers.

Who We Are: The American Craft Spirits Association is a registered non-profit trade group representing the U.S. craft spirits industry.  Members vote for the fifteen democratically elected representatives who make up the Board of Directors, and this Board collectively works to govern the ACSA in a transparent, responsive manner and in accordance with our bylaws.   Download Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws

Member Owned: Membership in ACSA is open to anyone, although voting members must be independent licensed distillers with a valid DSP, subscribe to ACSAs Code of Ethics, have more than a 75% equity stake and/or operational control of the DSP, and annually produce fewer than 750,000 proof gallons removed from bond (the amount on which excise taxes are paid). In case terms, 750,000 proof gallons is 315,451 9-liter cases (12 750 ml bottles) of 100 proof spirit. Proof Gallons to Cases Worksheet 

We strive to create a welcoming and professional atmosphere during each of our programs.  For that reason, the ACSA Board of Directors adopted a Code of Conduct. Download ACSA Code of Conduct 2016


Carason Lehmann

Member Services and Social Media Coordinator

Margie A.S. Lehrman

Executive Director

Teresa McDaniel

Operations Administrator

Kirstin Webster

Education Coordinator

Board Of Directors 2018-2019

*New board appointment

** Term covers 2018-2019 (completing a term in which there is a vacant seat)


Chris Montana, Du Nord Craft Spirits (MN)

Vice President

Maggie Campbell, Privateer Rum (MA)


Colin Keegan, Santa Fe Spirits (NM)


Ryan Christiansen

Caledonia Spirits (VT)*

James Montero

Dogfish Head Distilling (DE)

Ex Officio

Matt Hofmann

Westland Distillery (WA)

Thomas Jensen

New Liberty Distillery (PA)


Steve Johnson

Vermont Spirits (VT)


Amber Pollock

Backwards Distilling Co. (WY)*

Courtney McKee

Headframe Spirits (MT)

Dan Garrison

Garrison Brothers Distillery (TX)

Mark Shilling

Treaty Oak Brewing and Distilling Co. (TX)

P.T. Wood

Wood’s High Mountain Distillery (CO)


Jeff Kanof

Copperworks Distilling Co. (WA)*

Molly Troupe

Freeland Spirits (OR)*

Melkon Khosrovian

Greenbar Distillery (CA)**

Jake Holshue

Rogue Spirits (OR)

Orlin Sorensen

Woodinville Whiskey Co. (WA)


Strategic Communications: Alexandra S. Clough, GATHER PR
Historian: Pennfield “Penn” Jensen, Founding Executive Director, 2013 – 2015
Legal: Ryan Malkin, Malkin Law, PA 

Committees Chair(s)


Finance: Thomas Jensen, New Liberty Distillery • Steve Johnson, Vermont Spirits
Ethics: Thomas Jensen, New Liberty Distillery
Elections: Robin McDougall, Lake George Distilling Company
Legislative Affairs: Mark Shilling, Treaty Oak Brewing and Distilling Co. • Nicole Austin, Kings County Distillery
Membership: Mike Blaum, Blaum Brothers Distilling Company
State Guilds: P.T. Wood, Wood’s High Mountain Distillery
Judging: Maggie Campbell, Privateer Rum
Education: Courtney McKee, Headframe Spirits • Jake Holshue, Rogue Ale & Spirits
Convention: James Montero, Dogfish Head Distilling
Technology: Mike Blaum, Blaum Brothers Distilling Company • Chip Tate, Chip Tate Craft Copperworks
Development: Tom Mooney, House Spirits • Orlin Sorensen, Woodinville Whiskey Co.