Press Releases

AMERICAN CRAFT SPIRITS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2017 AWARDS.

Recipients Selected from a Record-Breaking Pool of Entrants Across 39 States NASHVILLE, TN  (February 16, 2017) – The American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) today announced the winners of its Fourth Annual Judging of Craft Spirits, who were honored during the Awards Dinner as part of the Fourth Annual ACSA Distillers Convention and Vendor Trade Show […]

ACSA RELEASES ECONOMIC DATA UNVEILING the STATE of the CRAFT SPIRITS INDUSTRY

On October 18th, 2016, ACSA, together with Park Street, and the IWSR, released a year long study, highlighting the growth and economic impact of American craft spirits. Finally, there is solid data to support the growth of the industry with more than 1315 craft spirits producers in the United States identified. Read and learn from […]

CRAFT BEVERAGE MODERNIZATION & TAX REFORM ACT EARNS CLEAR MAJORITY IN SENATE

Landmark Support Marks Major Victory in Fight to Reduce Federal Excise Tax WASHINGTON, DC (October 3, 2016) –  With the addition of United States Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Joni Ernst (R-IA), the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, S. 1562, now has a clear majority of Senators in support of […]

PAUL HLETKO ELECTED PRESIDENT, BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF AMERICAN CRAFT SPIRITS ASSOCIATION

LEADS NEWLY-APPOINTED GROUP OF VETERAN BOARD MEMBERS & NEW LEADERSHIP WASHINGTON, DC (April 22, 2016) – The American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) today announces the appointment of Paul Hletko, Founder of FEW Spirits in Evanston, IL, as the President of the Board of Directors, replacing Thomas Mooney, who served as the organization’s inaugural President since […]

AMERICAN CRAFT SPIRITS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 
2016 CRAFT SPIRITS AWARDS

Recipients Selected from a Record-Breaking Pool of Entrants Across 39 States CHICAGO, IL (March 3, 2016) – The American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA), in affiliation with Artisan Spirit Magazine (ASM), last night announced the winners of its Third Annual Judging of Craft Spirits, who were honored during the Awards Dinner as part of the Third […]

Media Statement on Small Victory in Craft Spirit Legislation

Statement by Margie A.S. Lehrman, Executive Director, American Craft Spirits Association, and Thomas Mooney, President, American Craft Spirits Association, in response to the TAX “EXTENDERS” Bill Passed by the United States Congress: December 18, 2015 The craft spirits industry is growing each day.  Currently, we estimate there are more than 800 craft distilleries in the United States, up from just a few dozen […]

MARGIE A.S. LEHRMAN APPOINTED INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF AMERICAN CRAFT SPIRITS ASSOCIATION

INAUGURAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PENNFIELD JENSEN RETIRES Washington, D.C. – August 6, 2015 The American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) today announces the appointment of Margie A.S. Lehrman as the interim Executive Director, as Pennfield “Penn” Jensen, a respected beverage industry veteran who helped found the organization and later served as its Executive Director, retires. Jensen will […]

CALL TO ACTION: BECOME AN ADVOCATE FOR YOUR BUSINESS

We need your help in the fight to lower the federal excise tax (FET) for small distillers. We have had incredible success in the past few months, but there is much more to do. And we need you to join our efforts.  Due to ACSA lobbying, there are now FOUR bills that would lower the […]

Wyden Sponsors Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act

Bill Helps Oregon’s Craft Beverages, Cider, Wine & Distilled Spirits Industries Friday, June 12, 2015 Portland, Ore. – Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has introduced legislation that would promote continued job creation in the growing craft beverage, cider, wine and distillery industries throughout Oregon and the country. The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, S.1562, […]