“The demand for American whiskey — including bourbon and Tennessee whiskey and rye — is booming in the U.S. and across the globe” Frank Coleman, Senior Vice President for the Distilled Spirits Council in Washington, D.C.
Since Prohibition ended in 1933, with the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment, the distilling industry was under stringent regulation in the US. In 2003 several US States started to pass legislation reducing regulations for small distilleries that were a holdover from prohibition. Since then Micro-distilling is one of the growth markets in the US.
- In 2003 the American Distilling Institute (ADI) counted 60 craft distillers, this number grew to 760 in 2015.
- BNP Paribas estimated that small distillers’ total spirits market share in the United States is at 1.7 percent by volume and nearly 2 percent by value, with gross income nearing $450 million in 2014.
- The ADI estimates current growth at around 30 percent. Its market share has doubled in the past two years, and analysts at the ADI believes that it could hit 8 percent by 2020, coming close to recent share levels achieved by craft beer.
There is no Brand today known as “The Georgia Bourbon” or “The Atlanta Bourbon.”
Bourbon Brands currently produced in Georgia, USA:
- Hellbender Bourbon (Independent Distillery)
- Savannah Bourbon, Savannah 88 Bourbon (Georgia Distilling Company)
- Side Track Bourbon (Lazy Guy Distillery)
- James Henry Georgia Bourbon, Moonrise Georgia Bourbon (Moonrise Distillery)
- Southern Bourbon Whiskey (Thirteens Colony)
- Wheated Bourbon, American Spirit Whiskey (Currently distilled in Charleston, South Carolina)
- Upcoming: Bourbon (Old Fourth Distillery)
Georgia based distilleries are producing predominately Moonshine, Sour Mash Whiskey, Corn Whiskey, Vodka, Gin, Brandy, and Rum. Only 5 out of 18 distilleries are producing Bourbon today.
Liberation of Laws
- Georgia has just recently liberated its laws for Micro Distilling and it is likely to double its number of today 18 licensed distilleries in future
- Georgia has 18 Distilleries licensed compared to California with 257, Florida 50, or Germany counting more than 25,000 licensed Distilleries.
“Craft distilling is now on a steeper growth curve than craft beer was on in the 1980s.” Pennfield Jenson, founder and executive director of the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA)