Paul Hletko opened FEW Spirits in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois in 2011 as part of the explosion of small-scale distilleries around the United States. He became a leader in the craft distilling movement, and is celebrating FEW’s 10th anniversary with the release of a commemorative four-grain Bourbon this week. We’ll talk with Paul about balancing the art and commerce of making whisky on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, travel restrictions may be going back into effect that could affect whisky tourism, while the owner of a Kentucky distillery has now agreed to plead guilty to charges in the Operation Varsity Blues case and avoid a trial next month. We’ll also have news on a new series of whiskies from The Macallan, and on Behind the Label, we’ll explain why some distilleries use “The” in their names.
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