For the second straight year, a Texas whiskey has won Best in Show honors at the American Craft Spirits Association competition. San Antonio’s Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling .36 Single Barrel Straight Bourbon beat a field of whiskies and other spirits from around the US. Ranger Creek co-founder Mark McDavid joins us this week on WhiskyCast In-Depth to share the story behind that whiskey and the distillery. In the news, a California law firm is challenging Beam Suntory on two fronts now over claims that Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark are “hand-made”, a distilling prodigy is leaving Brown-Forman for the craft distilling world, and doctors don’t want us to confuse the “Bourbon Virus” with the “Whisky Bug”.

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