TO THE 2007 DISTILLING CONFERENCE (March
Book your flight to
Louisville, KY. Phone 800-544-7075 for a room
at the Holiday Inn in Clarksville, IN.
||Craft Distilling Bill Wins.
UPSTREAM BREWING COMPANY’S CRAFT DISTILLING
BILL WINS SUPPORT OF THE NEBRASKA
Omaha, Nebraska – 3/14/2007. Nebraska
Governor Dave Heinemann signed Upstream
Brewing Company’s craft distilling bill LB549
into law today*. LB549 was introduced into
the Nebraska State Legislature by State
Senator John Synowiecki on January 17, 2007,
and moved swiftly through the legislature
with great support.
The new law will allow Upstream Brewing
Company and other interested Nebraska parties
to obtain a micro-distillery license. The
license allows for the manufacture of up to
10,000 gallons of craft spirits annually and
also provides Upstream and other license
holders the ability to retail the spirits
on-site at the restaurant location where the
spirits are produced, just as Upstream does
with its craft beer. As is the case with the
existing craft brewery law, any spirits sold
to other retailers must flow through the
existing three-tier distribution system.
Prospective licensees must obtain State and
Federal licensing before any spirits may be
Today there are 72 distilleries in 25 States.
Some are large industrial distilleries;
however, the majority are small craft
distilleries. These small craft distilleries
produce high quality distilled spirits, many
of which are unique in nature. A majority of
these distilleries are in the Pacific
Northwest and California.
Upstream Brewing Company first opened in
Omaha’s Old Market historic district in
October of 1996. Brian Magee, Upstream’s
President and Founder said, ”We have always
based everything we do on quality,
craftsmanship, value, and service. Craft
distilling is a natural progression for our
business. We believe that adding our own
high quality distilled products to our wide
array of offerings will greatly enhance our
Upstream opened its second location in
January 2004 at 171st and West Center Road in
Omaha. The new craft distillery will be
located at Upstream’s West Omaha restaurant
Upstream Brewing Company is poised to become
Nebraska’s first post-prohibition distillery.
“Nebraska’s first distillery was Willow
Springs Distillery founded in 1866 in Omaha.
The company grew to become the nation’s
third largest distillery, although,
regrettably it closed prior to prohibition.
“We are excited to become Nebraska’s first
operating distillery in nearly 90 years”,
said Zac Triemert, Upstream Brewing Company’s
Head Brewer and soon to be Distiller.
Triemert has been in charge of Upstream’s
brewing operations since the fall of 2002.
Upstream Brewing Company has been preparing
for this opportunity for some time. From
2005 to 2006, Upstream provided support for
Mr. Triemert’s one-year sabbatical to
Edinburgh, Scotland. There he earned a
Masters Degree in Brewing and Distilling at
the prestigious Heriot-Watt University.
During his time at the University Mr.
Triemert was able refine product and recipe
development and learn the necessary
analytical quality standards and measurements
for premium spirits. He also took the
opportunity to visit numerous distilleries in
the region to learn more about their history
and the tradition of quality that they have
crafted over time.
With Mr. Triemert’s background and Upstream’s
business model Messrs. Magee and Triemert
will work to create a niche market for craft
spirits in Nebraska. Upstream’s distilled
spirits will be made in part with Nebraska
ingredients, which they believe will bring
recognition and pride to the State. “We hope
to take Nebraska grain and fruit and use it
to produce world class spirits. For us, it
will always be about quality, not quantity,
just as it has been for our beer”, said
“We will produce a wide variety of high-end
craft spirits, including vodka, gin, rum,
brandy, single malt whiskey, and unique fruit
and beer liqueurs” said Triemert. “Our goal
is to build a strong Nebraska brand that
could someday be exported to other states,”
||Conference Schedule, What is a Craft Distiller?
Travel Information and Rum Conference
Arrive Holiday Inn, located in Clarksville,
Wednesday, March 28th
Take the Louisville airport shuttle to the
Holiday Inn, located in Clarksville, IN.,
(Not the Louisville Holiday Inn). Clarksville
is just across the river from Louisville, KY.
Conference registration all
afternoon in the hotel lobby. Then from 7:00 –
9:00 pm, there will be an "early bird" rum
tasting. This is a very informal
gathering, a chance to get to know everyone
and an opportunity to share spirits with each
other, so bring some.
Transportation to all conference events
(listed below) will be provided by the
American Distilling Institute.
Thursday. March 29th
Kentucky Distillery Tour
7:30, 7:45 & 8:00 Buses leaves Holiday Inn
for Vendome Copper.
8:00 – 9:00 Tour Vendome
9:15 Bus ride to Kelvin Cooperage (near
9:30 – 11:00 Tour Kelvin Cooperage
11:00 Bus to Woodford Reserve (Versailles,
KY) NOTE: the bus will take a short cut
(Route 62 and pass buy Stone Castle the Old
Taylor distillery that closed in the 1960s
12:00 – 2:00 Lunch and tour of Woodford
Reserve / Labrot & Graham
2:15 Buses leave for Buffalo Trace
3:00 – 4:00 Tour Buffalo Trace
4:15 Buses leave for Bardstown to visit
Kentucky Bourbon Distillery
5:00 – 6:00 Tour Kentucky Bourbon
8:00 Tasting at the Holiday Inn
Friday, March 30th
Distilling Demonstrations at Huber Starlight
7:30, 7:45 & 8:00 Buses to Huber Starlight
Distillery (Borden, IN)
9:00 Michale Delevante discussion of rum
distilling in the Caribbean
10:00 – 12:00 Rum distillation demonstration
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch at Huber Starlight
1:00 Joan Carpenter of TTB discusses
licensing your distillery 2:00 Second rum
3:00 – 5:00 Vendor booths open
5:00 Rum Tasting and Banquet Dinner at Huber
8:00 Buses leave for Holiday Inn
Saturday, March 30th
Conference at Huber Starlight Distillery
7:30, 7:74, & 8:00 pm Buses leave Holliday
Inn for Huber Starlight Distillery
8:15-9:15 Vendor booths open / Coffee
9:15 Pennfield Jensen, Vice President of the
American Distilling Institute welcomes you to
the 2007 Rum Distilling Conference
9:30 Phil Prichard, of Prichards’ Distillery,
pours and discusses distilling of light and
10:30Rum Panel: Kevin Settles of Bardenay
Distillery, Nahor Gustavo Lanza Luz de Faria
(Brazil) , Paul Case of Kolani Distillers,
(Hawaii)and Jay Harman of Triple Eight
Wayne Curtis, author of And a
Bottle of Rum.
12:00 pm Lunch / Vendor Booths Open
1:30—2:30 pm Theo Lioutas discusses, What’s
Happening in the Barrel?10:30 Speaker Wayne
Curtis, author of And a
Bottle of Rum.
3:30—4:30 pm Wade Shanower Big Red Liquores
on “Marketing you spirits.”
4:00--4:30 pm Rum awards.
5:00 Rum tasting and banquet dinner
8:00 Return to Holliday / Free
--To obtain a
distilled spirits permit go to:
--To obtain TTB list of DSPs go to:
--To obtain TTB statistics on distilling go to:
www.ttb.gov then scroll down to "spirits" and
then the "year".
--To obtain Distilled Spirits Laws and
Regulations go to:
--To obtain label regulations go to:
distilled spirits manual circular.
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