Monday, April 15, 2013
The State of Craft Whiskey
Given the recently reported division among craft spirits trade groups, I thought it would be a good time to review the state of craft whiskey based on the information I've culled in my Complete List of American Whiskey Distilleries.
As of 2013, I count a remarkable 190 craft distilleries that are making whiskey (though not all are on the market yet). A year ago, the count was 117.
Washington leads the pack with 25 craft whiskey distillers, but four other states have more than 10: California (16), New York (14), Colorado (13) and Oregon (11).
Clearly, the craft movement continues to grow at an impressive rate. It will be interesting to see where it goes.