As craft spirits continue their growth, the question of how to define and assess craft spirits becomes increasingly important. Theo Ligthart, Founder & CEO of Freimeisterkollektiv, revealed how his team grades craft spirits by considering the distillers, the ingredients, and the terroir. Ligthart also discusses the proliferation of gin brands in Europe and how the evolution of laws in Germany has opened up opportunities for craft producers.


Craft spirits have increased their share of the total spirits market in the U.S. over the last decade. In this presentation from Bar Convent Berlin, Jeff Cioletti, Editor in Chief of Craft Spirits Magazine, breaks down the top categories driving craft spirits growth across the country. Cioletti also discusses how ACSA defines craft spirits and touches on the growing amount of active craft distilleries.


Active craft distilleries in the United Kingdom grew by 15% in 2021, representing a four-fold increase from 2015. Ronan Gillespie, Business Development Consultant and Executive Coach at Next Step International, spoke to the crowd at Bar Convent Berlin about the progress of craft spirits in the United Kingdom. Gillespie reveals how craft spirits growth in the UK is driven by new gin brands and breaks down the price tier for craft brands.

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