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Dear Everyone,

We are fielding a lot of questions regarding the brandy judging and spirits festival at the this years conference. Bill and I are preparing a mailing to go out this week with entry forms and rules, but to answer a lot of questions in advance we are posting the information now for everyone to review.

The final version of this will be mailed out next week.



ADI Special Events Coordinator

Brandy, Grappa and Eau de Vie judging,  

Following the success of our Rum judging in 2007 and Whiskey judging in 2008, this year ADI will judge the best of the craft brandies, grappas and eau de vies. All spirits entered will be reproduced on a poster to promote American Craft Spirits. Spirits will be judged on a 100-point system tasting notes from the judges will be given to all participants. Judging will take place on Friday April 3 and medals will be awarded at the ADI banquet Saturday night April 4.

We encourage you to send as many products as you have for judging. 


Spirits will be judges in the following categories:

Grape Brandy

a) aged to two years

B) Aged to four years

c) Containing spirits aged over five years

d) Containing spirits aged over ten years

e. Fruit flavored grape brandy

Pomace Brandy (Grappa Marc)

a) non-varietal

B) varietal

Fruit Brandy

a) Apple Brandy

B) all other Fruit Brandies

c) Eau de vie (Colorless fruit brandy)

Open only to ADI member distilleries.

One fee allows entry in up to five categories.

Send two bottles of each product for judging

Bottles must be no smaller than 375 ml.

No improvised packaging: All bottles must be sealed and have COLA approved labels.

Samples must arrive at St. George Spirits no later than March 27 to be considered.

All samples submitted for judging will be considered property of ADI.

Name and Title_____________________________________________

Distillery __________________________________________________

Address __________________________________________________

City, State, Zip _____________________________________________

Telephone ________________________________________________

E-mail ___________________________________________________

Tasting notes will be sent to the person whose name is entered above


Meet the Maker, Craft Spirits Festival

ADI invites members to introduce their products to the San Francisco Bay Area in the first of its kind Craft Spirits Festival, Sunday April 5, from 2 - 5 pm. We The Crafts Spirits Festival should draw about 500 members of the general public, in addition to retailers and spirits professionals. Only craft distillers who are ADI members will be allowed to pour. Proceeds will benefit the Michael Jackson Memorial Distilling Internship Program sponsored by the American Institute of Wine and Food and the American Distilling Institute.

For those products that do not have distribution in California, we will be working with distributors to meet distillers at the festival.

Meet the Mixologist

ADI will serve brunch to the members of the San Francisco Bartenders Guild, Monday April 6, 11:30 am - 3 pm. For distillers who already have or intend to have distribution in the San Francisco Bay Area, this is a tremendous opportunity to meet the foot-soldiers who influence distributors and present your product to hundreds of consumers. Pour your spirits into the glasses of the San Francisco Bartenders Guild. Proceeds to benefit the Bartender Relief Fund. We expect about 100 bartenders from the best Bay Area bars and restaurants. Proceeds will benefit the Bartenders' Relief Fund.

We will have panel discussions about brown spirits vs white spirits, technical vs traditional drinks and working with Bay Area distributors.

Meet the Maker and Meet the Mixologist

We recommend that one (six-bottle) case of every product you plan to pour.

You may also include promotional items, such as t-shirts, hats, glasses, to give out. (Bartenders love freebies)

All Events will be held at St. George Spirits/Hangar One in Alameda CA, and are open to ADI members only.


Attend ADI Brandy 2009 Conference ( ) $500 _____

To Enter Brandy, Grappa or eau de vie for judging ( ) $50 _____

Reserve a table at the "Meet the Maker" Craft Spirits Festival ( ) $50 _____

Reserve a table at "Meet the Mixologist" ( ) $50 _____

total check ________________

Mail your check (payable to ADI) with to:

American Distilling Institute

PO Box 577

Hayward, CA 94541



Disitllery name_____________________________________________




Phone number_____________________________________________

To send spirits for judging, Meet the Maker and Meet the Mixologist,

ship all samples by Fed Ex, DSP to DSP to:

Meet the Maker c/o

St. George Spirits/Hangar One

2601 Monarch St.

Alameda, CA

For assistance or more information contact Andrew Faulkner drew@distilling.com

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