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

Executive Assistant

Margie A.S. Lehrman

Executive Director

Teresa McDaniel

Operations Administrator

John Paradiso

Social Media Coordinator

Kirstin Webster

Grant Writer

Board Of Directors 2016-2017


Paul Hletko, Few Spirits

Vice President

Dan Garrison, Garrison Brothers


Steve Johnson, Vermont Spirits


Nicole Austin

Kings County Distillery

Maggie Campbell

Privateer Rum

Thomas Jensen

New Liberty Distillery


Mike Blaum

Blaum Brothers Distilling Company

Ted Huber

Starlight Distillery

Mark Shilling

Revolution Spirits

P.T. Wood

Wood’s High Mountain Distiller

Chip Tate

Ex Officio


Dan Farber

Osocalis Distillery

Matt Hofmann

Westland Distillery

John Jeffrey

Bently Heritage Distillery

Tom Mooney

House Spirits

Orlin Sorensen

Woodinville Whiskey Co.


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

Committees Chair(s)


Finance: Steve Johnson, Vermont Spirits
Ethics: Thomas Jensen, New Liberty Distillery
Elections: Robin McDougall, Lake George Distilling Company
Legislative Affairs: Mark Shilling, Revolution Spirits • Nicole Austin, Kings County Distillery
Membership: Mike Blaum, Blaum Brothers Distilling Company • Dan Garrison, Garrison Brothers Distillery
State Guilds: P.T. Wood, Wood’s High Mountain Distillery • Nicole Austin, Kings County Distillery
Judging: Ted Huber, Starlight Distillery • Maggie Campbell, Privateer Rum • Dan Farber, Osocalis Distillery
Education: Maggie Campbell, Privateer Rum • John Jeffrey, Bently Heritage LLC.
Convention: Matt Hoffmann, Westland Distillery • Mike Blaum, Blaum Bros. Distilling • P.T. Wood, Wood’s High Mountain Distillery
Technology:  Chip Tate, Chip Tate Craft Copperworks • Mike Blaum, Blaum Brothers Distilling Company
Development: Tom Mooney, House Spirits • Orlin Sorensen, Woodinville Whiskey Co.