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More distilleries are coming to greater D.C. region

D.C. – it’s more than just a brewery town now as a second distillery has opened. We already know about New Columbia Distillers and Cactocin Creek in Northeast and Loudoun County, respectively. They now have a few competitors.

In the District

Back on January 8, another distillery, One Eight | @OneEightD, arrived in Northeast Washington. From their About Us page:

One Eight Distilling is named for Article One Section Eight of the Constitution, which among other things provided for the establishment of a district to serve as the nation’s capital. Our passion to build a distillery came from a desire to produce the finest spirits from grain to glass all within Washington, DC. We seek to continually make connections between people and our spirits, to use locally sourced ingredients, to recycle our spent mash to area farmers, and to pay our respects to the time-honored traditions of distilling while bringing innovation and love to every bottle we fill.

From last month, just before they opened (NBC Washington):
One Eight Distilling Opens Next Week in Northeast D.C.One Eight Distilling Opens Next Week in Northeast D.C.

They currently produce District Made Vodka, Rock Creek White Whiskey and Ivy City Gin. A rye and bourbon are several years away.

In Manassas

Meanwhile, in Prince William County KO Distilling will be opening its doors this spring (Inside NoVa):

KO Distilling owners Bill Karlson and John O’Mara describe their business as a “artisan distillery” and plan to make and sell bourbon, rye whiskey, corn whiskey, gin, vodka and rum. The business will also feature a visitors’ center and will offer tours, tastings, merchandise sales and space for special events.

We’ll check back in several years to find out if there is a distillery bubble like we think there might be a brewery bubble.

New Columbia’s new gin

New Columbia has a new gin – Navy Strength to go along with the flagship Green Hat Gin.

New Columbia and the Ivy City neighborhood was also featured in The Post recently: Street Smart: Ivy City’s Green Hat Gin. New Columbia, which is next to a “medical marijuana cultivation factory” share the neighborhood with One Eight and Atlas Brew Works.

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A recent Kojo Nnamdi Show featured 3 regional distillers

Distillers from Catoctin Creek Distilling Company | @catoctincreek of Loudoun County, Va., Blackwater Distilling | @sloopbetty (makers of Sloop Betty) of Stevensville, Md. and New Columbia Distillers | @dcdistillers(makers of Green Hat Gin) of D.C. were featured on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on February 20.

I have not sampled the products from any of these distilleries yet, but that will change.

Here is a video of Green Hat in action:

PREVIOUSLY

D.C. distilling: Green Hat gin12.09.2012

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Maker’s Mark backtracks, won’t water down bourbon

Maker’s Mark is backtracking from their plan to lower the proof/alcohol by volume (ABV) from 90/45% to 84/42%.

Here’s an excerpt from the company’s about face:

Since we announced our decision last week to reduce the alcohol content (ABV) of Maker’s Mark in response to supply constraints, we have heard many concerns and questions from our ambassadors and brand fans. We’re humbled by your overwhelming response and passion for Maker’s Mark. While we thought we were doing what’s right, this is your brand – and you told us in large numbers to change our decision.

You spoke. We listened. And we’re sincerely sorry we let you down.

So effective immediately, we are reversing our decision to lower the ABV of Maker’s Mark, and resuming production at 45% alcohol by volume (90 proof). Just like we’ve made it since the very beginning.

Social media is credited with helping Maker’s see the error of their ways, Bourbon Blog has details: Maker’s Mark Switches Back to 90 proof, 45% after 1 week they change their minds.

BOURBON BLOG PODCAST

In case you wanted to see what the new label would have looked like: New Maker’s Mark Bottle and label at 42%, 84 ProofBourbon Blog

MORE ANALYSIS

Bourbonomics 101: What the Maker’s Mark dilution debacle says about corporate strategyThe Post

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Watered down Maker’s Mark on the way

A toast to the Big11Ten Champions!
So much for “It tastes expensive … and is”

Bourbon Blog reports that Maker’s Mark bourbon will be bottled sold at 42% alcohol by volume, down from 45%.

The reduction of proof will be permanent for this global brand and will help Maker’s Mark to put their popular Bourbon in the hands of consumers who are having difficulty finding Maker’s on the shelves.

This decrease is apparently to keep supplies from decreasing significantly. I think it is safe to say that the remaining 45% ABV bottles are going to disappear. I suppose I’ll get another big bottle of it, but I almost don’t want to as I feel like I’d be “rewarding bad behavior.” Rob Samuels of Maker’s claims:

“We’ve confirmed the taste of the 84 proof Maker’s is exactly the same as what consumers taste in the 90 proof by our tasting panel,” explains Samuels.

This tasting panel consists of full time Maker’s Mark employees.

My friend, the legendary Joe Riley, brought this to my attention and added:

Call me cynical if you want to, but the untold secret of this is, that parent company Beam Global will save millions of dollars per year in federal excise taxes on alcohol-by-volume, while increasing production JUST BY ADDING MORE WATER! So the price should go down, then, right? (Bwahahahahaha!) Um, no.

If you want a wheated Bourbon that is a proper proof, go with the original; W.L. Weller. Their “Special Reserve” is 90-pf, their “Antique” is 107-pf, and both bottles cost LESS than Maker’s Mark.

Maker’s Mark isn’t the first whiskey, I mean whisky, to water down the product — Jack Daniel’s has done it twice over the years (scroll down), though that isn’t bourbon.

By the way, I’m a “Maker’s Mark ambassador” which means they send me tschotskes from time to time and someday will invite me to Kentucky to get some bourbon out of a barrel with my name on it. I received an email explaining the situation, but I saw Joe’s Facebook update first.

MORE: Maker’s Mark cutting alcohol volume in its bourbonAP/WTOP

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