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Certified Craft Program Overview

QUALIFICATIONS TO BE A CERTIFIED CRAFT DISTILLED SPIRIT

  • Distilled by the DSP: The spirit must have been run through a still by a certified craft producer, and the TTB-approved label must state “Distilled By” followed by the name of the DSP.
  • Independently-Owned: Less than 25% of the craft distillery (distilled spirits plant or DSP) is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by alcoholic beverage industry members who are not themselvescraft distillers.
  • Small-Scale: Maximum annual sales are less than 100,000 proof gallons.
  • Hands-on Production: Craft distillers produce spirits that reflect the vision of their principal distillers using any combination of traditional or innovative techniques including fermenting, distilling, re-distilling, blending, infusing or warehousing. 

 

QUALIFICATIONS TO BE A CERTIFIED CRAFT-BLENDED SPIRIT

  • Independently-Owned: Less than 25% of the craft distillery (distilled spirits plant or DSP) is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by alcoholic beverage industry members who are not themselves craft distillers.
  • Small-Scale: Maximum annual sales are less than 100,000 proof gallons.
  • Hands-on Production: Craft Blenders produce spirits that reflect the vision of their principal blender using any combination of traditional or innovative techniques including fermenting, distilling, re-distilling, blending, infusing or warehousing. The blended components must be varied in each type — e.g., more than one barreling of whiskey, more than one type of neutral spirits, etc. — and cannot be limited to merely blending-down high-proof spirits with water, or by only adding coloring, flavoring or blending material.

 

FEE FOR APPLICATION

The application for Certification of Craft Spirits is a free benefit for current Full Members of the American Distilling Institute. 

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