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National Craft Distillery Day

Raise a glass and celebrate National Craft Distillery Day with unique, handcrafted spirits made by passionate artisans. Cheers to supporting small businesses!
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Get ready to raise a glass and toast to National Craft Distillery Day on May 22! This holiday celebrates the art and craft of distilling spirits, which has been around for centuries. From whiskey to gin to rum, craft distilleries have been producing unique and flavorful drinks that are becoming increasingly popular in the beverage industry. Not only do these small-scale distilleries offer delicious products, but they also support local economies and promote sustainability by using locally sourced ingredients. So why not celebrate this day by trying out some new and exciting craft spirits or even visiting a local distillery? Cheers to National Craft Distillery Day!

History of National Craft Distillery Day

National Craft Distillery Day Dates

National Craft Distillery Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Early Craft Distilleries</div><div class='timeline-text'>In the 1800s, small craft distilleries were prevalent throughout the United States, producing a variety of spirits, mainly whiskey and rum.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1920</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Prohibition Era</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Prohibition era in the US (1920-1933) forced many craft distilleries to shut down, significantly impacting the spirits industry.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1978</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Home Distilling Legalized</div><div class='timeline-text'>A change in federal law in 1978 legalized home distilling for personal use, sparking a renewed interest in craft spirits.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2005</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Craft Distillery Boom</div><div class='timeline-text'>The 2000s saw a dramatic increase in the number of licensed craft distilleries in the US, with a significant rise happening after 2005.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2019</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First National Craft Distillery Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The inaugural National Craft Distillery Day was celebrated in 2019, honoring the skill and innovation of craft distillers around the world.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Craft Distillery Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Tour a local craft distillery</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take a tour of a nearby craft distillery and learn about the process of making small batch spirits. Many distilleries offer tastings and behind-the-scenes looks at their operations.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create your own craft cocktail</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Put your mixology skills to the test and create a unique craft cocktail using local spirits. Invite friends over to taste and vote on their favorite creation.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a craft distillery festival</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Check for any upcoming festivals or events in your area celebrating craft distilleries. It's a great way to sample various spirits and support local businesses.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a whiskey tasting party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather some friends and have a whiskey tasting party, sampling different types of whiskeys from various craft distilleries. Pair with some delicious snacks for a fun and educational evening.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Support a local craft distillery</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Show your appreciation for craft distilleries by purchasing a bottle of their spirits or visiting their tasting room. You'll not only be celebrating National Craft Distillery Day, but also supporting a small business in your community.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Craft Distillery Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Supporting small, local businesses</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Craft distilleries are typically small, family-owned businesses that use locally sourced ingredients to create unique and high-quality spirits. By celebrating National Craft Distillery Day, you are not only enjoying delicious drinks but also supporting these small business owners and their craft.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Learning about the art of distilling</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Craft Distillery Day is a great opportunity to learn about the process of making various types of spirits - from whiskey and gin to rum and vodka. You can also gain an appreciation for the hard work and attention to detail that goes into crafting each unique batch.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Tasting new and exclusive flavors</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Craft distilleries often offer limited edition or seasonal flavors that you won't find at your typical liquor store. National Craft Distillery Day is a great opportunity to try out these exclusive offerings and expand your palate with new and exciting flavors.</p></div></div>

Unveiling 5 Curious Craft Distillery Day Facts

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>America has more than 2,000 craft distilleries</h3><p class='facts-content'>According to the American Craft Spirits Association, as of 2019, there are more than 2,000 craft distilleries in the United States, marking a significant revival in this industry.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Craft spirits are directly sold to consumers</h3><p class='facts-content'>Many craft distilleries have tasting rooms or gift shops where they sell their spirits directly to consumers, providing a unique and personalized experience that large distilleries often can’t offer.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Craft distilleries often use locally sourced ingredients</h3><p class='facts-content'>This not only produces spirits that reflect local flavor profiles but also supports local farmers and reduces the carbon footprint associated with transport.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Craft Distillers were pivotal during COVID-19 Pandemic</h3><p class='facts-content'>During the COVID-19 pandemic, many craft distilleries pivoted their operations to produce hand sanitizer, aiding their communities in a time of need.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Craft Distilling is a fast-growing industry in the US</h3><p class='facts-content'>The craft distillery industry in the US has seen rapid growth over the past decade, with the market size increasing by almost 300% between 2010 and 2020.</p></div></div>

National Craft Distillery Day FAQs

When is National Craft Distillery Day?

National Craft Distillery Day is celebrated on May 22 every year. In 2024 National Craft Distillery Day will occur on a Wednesday.

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