Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Craft spirits group announces new president, directors

The American Craft Spirits Association announced the appointment on Wednesday of Mark Shilling, co-founder of Revolution Spirits Distilling Co. in Austin, TX, as president of the ACSA board of directors. He succeeds Paul Hletko, who served the past year.

Shilling and the newly-elected and re-elected directors are tasked with ACSA Executive Director Margie A.S. Lehrman to address the key issues facing the craft distilling industry. P.T. Wood of Wood’s High Mountain Distillery in Colorado will serve as vice president, and Tom Jensen of New Liberty Distillery in Pennsylvania as secretary-treasurer.

The ACSA is the only registered non-profit trade association representing the U.S. craft spirits industry.  It cites its mission as being "is to elevate and advocate for the community of craft spirits producers."  Voting members must be independent licensed distillers annually removing fewer than 750,000 proof gallons from bond (the amount on which a Federal Excise Tax is paid.)

The full 2017 board of directors:

Maggie Campbell, Privateer Rum (MA)
Thomas Jensen, New Liberty Distillery (PA)
James Montero, Dogfish Head Distilling (DE)

Mike Blaum, Blaum Brothers Distilling Company (IL)
Colin Keegan, Santa Fe Spirits (NM)
Courtney McKee, Headframe Spirits (MT)
Chris Montana, Du Nord Craft Spirits (MN)
Dan Garrison, Garrison Brothers Distillery (TX)

Mark Shilling, Revolution Spirits (TX) P.T. Wood, Wood’s High Mountain Distillery (TX)

Dan Farber, Osocalis Distillery (CA)
Jake Holshue, Rogue Spirits (OR)
John Jeffrey, Bently Heritage (NV)
Orlin Sorensen, Woodinville Whiskey Co. (WA)

Matt Hofmann, Westland Distillery (WA)
Steve Johnson, Vermont Spirits (VT)
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