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Industry Check In: How Have Distilleries Fared During The Pandemic And What’s The Outlook?




Employee Matthew Coulson poses for a photograph with whisky casks in the bonded warehouse at The Glenturret Distillery in Crieff, central Scotland, on February 26, 2021.
Employee Matthew Coulson poses for a photograph with whisky casks in the bonded warehouse at The Glenturret Distillery in Crieff, central Scotland, on February 26, 2021.
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The food and beverage industry has been rocked by the pandemic. We recently heard from restaurants and breweries about their outlook as Americans continue to get vaccinated and states chip away at restrictions.

Now we’re hearing from distillers. Some say temporary loosened restrictions saved their businesses, but it’s going to be a long and slow recovery as tasting rooms reopen and states consider approving permanent laws that could benefit distilleries.

Do you operate or work in a distillery? What has been your experience over the last year and what do you think the future holds for the industry? Tell us your thoughts by commenting below or call 866-893-5722. 

Guests: 

Ryan Friesen, head distiller at Blinking Owl Distillery in Santa Ana, he’s Vice President of the California Artisanal Distillers Guild; he tweets @Kehrageous

Simon Haxton, one of the owners of Portuguese Bend Distilling located in downtown Long Beach

Adam Smith, vice president of government relations for the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, he’s based in Sacramento, California; he tweets @AdamDISCUS

Becky Harris, president of the American Craft Spirits Association, a national nonprofit trade group, she’s also chief distiller of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company in Virginia; she tweets @beckhar67