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GARY SPADAFORE CSS, CWE
Director of Education at Breakthru Beverage Arizona 
Uncommon Spirits from Well-known Brands

Every spirit product, whether it's vodka, gin, rum, tequila, whiskey is a distillate from something that's been fermented.
 

June 2018 Issue | Vol. 6, No. 18 













 









 
 
 
 

 
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SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA

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Part 2: Uncommon Spirits from Well-known Brands 

GARY SPADAFORE
Breakthru Beverage AZ



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Gary Spadafore CSS, CWE, Director of Education at Breakthru Beverage Arizona, Uncommon Spirits from Well-known Brands, Part 1
A particularly curious connection mentioned in a study by the American Craft Spirits Association that craft spirit consumers held—“the more known the brand is, the higher the likelihood a consumer does not perceive it as craft”—made us wonder if well-known spirit makers might produce some tasty, little-known labels that could go head to head with their craft cousins. We turned to Gary Spadafore CSS, CWE, Director of Education for Breakthru Beverage Arizona. The peer-acknowledged stickler for the difference between style and quality has great confidence that results from blind taste tests between craft and industry leaders’ spirits would surprise people. Spadafore brought several spirits, including a unique version of the spirit world’s cornerstone, vodka. Vodka, incidentally, is the great enabler of the craft movement.