Dear Curious Readers,
When asking around to my friends, as i wanted to write that post, what a craft distillery was, I often heard the following response: craft must mean “small” and “carefully done.” Hum. Hum. Hum.
What is small? What is careful?
There are terrible distillers working in small quantities, I have friends producing a terrible calvados. Yes, after all, craft does not mean good either. There are huge companies producing vodka in a particularly careful manner. So how do we define a craft distillery? Size? Hands-on?
This the challenge we are facing in that article, trying to define CRAFT.
First, is there an official definition out there?
Juniper based spirits (Gin, Genever, Juniper berries)
Agave based spirits (Tequila, Mezcal, Raicilla, Bacanora, Sotol, Pulque)
Fruit based spirits (Eaux de Vies, Fruit brandies, Calvados, Applejack)
Anything based spirits (Vodka)
Grape or pomace based spirits (Cognac, Armagnac, Pisco, Grappa, Marc, Fine)
Herbs and spices based spirits
(anis-based, raki, ouzo, pastis, liqueur, creme de liqueurs, vermouth)