Distillery Trail's 2016 Top 10 Most Popular Stories

2016 has been an amazing year for the distilled and craft spirits industry. The number of active distilleries that once dwindled to a mere handful in the 1,930s has grown to more than 1,300. As outdated Prohibition laws slowly change the industry is generating more state and federal tax revenues, putting more people to work and investment dollars continue to flow in. 2016 tales of startups run the gamut from long dead distilleries rising from the ashes to new distilleries springing up from a passing conversation of long lost heirloom grains, to barrels made from the top part of a tree, to water sourced from San Francisco fog catchers. Oh the possibilities.

We look forward to meeting more and more of you as we continue to share Tales from the Trail in the New Year!

Without further ado, here’s DistilleryTrail’s top 10 most popular stories, vendors and distilleries from 2016. Cheers!


Top 10 Stories of the Year


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  1. 10 Steps: The Fundamentals of How to Taste Whisky
  2. 10th Edition of Parker’s Heritage Collection Limited Edition 24 Year Old Bourbon Released
  3. Understanding Oak Barrel Maturation – Part 1: Know Your Casks
  4. Can Moonshine in a Can Make it in a Glass Bottle World? Stillhouse Thinks So
  5. Maker’s Mark to Create World’s Largest Bourbon Pour at 135′
  6. Old Forester Releases 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon – No. 3 in Whiskey Row Series
  7. Buffalo Trace Distillery Experimental Whiskey: Successes and Failures
  8. Castle & Key Distillery Rising from Ruins After Old Taylor Distillery Narrowly Escaped Wrecking Ball
  9. Test Your Scottish Whiskey Knowledge: Whose Malt is it Anyway? [Infographic]
  10. The History of Gin – Part 1: Conflict and Decadence

Top 10 Vendors of the Year


Peerless Distilling - Bottling Line

  1. Imperial Packaging
  2. Whiskey Systems
  3. Sellers Manufacturing
  4. Distillery Products
  5. American Spirits Exchange
  6. Cincinnatti Dowel & Wood Products
  7. Vendome Copper & Brass Works
  8. Ferm Solutions
  9. Sugar Hill Grain
  10. Kothe Distilling Technologies

Top 10 Vendor Topics of the Year


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  1. Stills
  2. Barrels & Cooperage
  3. Bottles
  4. Distillery Management Software
  5. Distributors
  6. Bottle Fillers
  7. Grains
  8. Packaging
  9. Classes & Workshops
  10. Corks & Closures

Top 10 Distilleries of the Year


Jeptha Creed Distillery - First Barrel of Bourbon

  1. Jeptha Creed Distillery
  2. French Distillers & Alchemists
  3. Polly & Joan’s Cordial Co
  4. Stillwagon Distillery
  5. Chuckanut Bay Distillery
  6. Copper & Kings American Brandy Co
  7. Wolf Creek Distillery
  8. Gibson Distilling Inc.
  9. Mingo Creek Craft Distillers
  10. Big Fat Pastor

Have an idea or a story to share with us? Want to list your company in the directory? You can email us at Info@DistilleryTrail.com

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