Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The State of American Whiskey Distilleries

It's time for my yearly update on the state of American whiskey distilleries.  This year, my Complete List of American Whiskey Distilleries shows 683 total distilleries making whiskey. That's up from 517 last year at this time, which is similar to the number of new whiskey distilleries we saw between 2014 and 2015.

This year, New York passed Washington as the state with the most whiskey distilleries, having 53 to Washington's 52. They were followed by California (45), Colorado (38), Kentucky (30) and Pennsylvania (29).  There are distilleries making whiskey in 49 states plus the District of Columbia (still no whiskey being made in Hawaii).


Unknown said...

Is that a list of actual distillers?

Or does it also include the non-distiller producers who bottle juice they purchase elsewhere? Not that there is anything wrong with that.

sku said...

The number represents my list of, as best I can tell, actual distillers. Part 2 of me Complete List is a list of NDPs.

Unknown said...

Wow. Looking at the California list alone I can't help but wonder if there's another whiskey glut waiting for us right around the corner.

Sam Komlenic said...

Pennsylvania updates: Griffin Method has relocated to Milesburg, PA.

Barrel 21 Distillery & Dining in State College is PA's first distillery pub and they've already distilled some really good rye & bourbon new make.

Hungry Run Wine & Spirits of Burnham is making whiskey, though their website doesn't indicate that as yet.

I can't imagine how hard it is keeping up with all of this!

sku said...

Sam, it's a lot of work, but it makes it a lot easier when folks like you clue me in. Thanks!