Recently Corsair was awarded the highest honor in the craft distilling industry, the "Bubble Cap" award from the American Distilling Institute. The president of the ADI, Bill Owens, summarized the distillery's impact succinctly, "No one has given more back to the distilling community than Corsair. No one has been more innovative, yet open. They are the future of craft distilling.” Wow, that's high praise, and well-deserved.
Officially, the Bubble Cap is given to "the one distillery of the year that represents the very best in the world of artisan distilling: excellence in quality of spirits, innovation, transparency, authenticity of approach, sustained company growth, community involvement, and embodying the ethos of craft." Our local heroes beat out more than 500 craft distilleries to win the trophy. By ADI's definition, a craft distillery must produce less than 100,000 proof gallons per year, be independently owned and operated, and must actually distill their own products.
In case you were wondering what the heck a bubble cap is, it's a a device used by distillers in the column of a still to increase the proof of the spirit. The actual trophy is manufactured in Louisville, Ky., at the Vendome Copper Company, which also built Corsair’s stills.
How about a hip, hip, hurrah for Darek and Amy Lee Bell and Andrew Webber, the founders of Corsair and all their talented staff. We're lucky to have them in town, and I hear there may be some other major local developments in the offing to be announced soon. Stay tuned.