Collector57 wrote:It seems to me that to classify a distillery as "craft" just because it has a small output, is ridiculous.
Craft is about skill and attention to detail and so on. It's nothing to do with size. I suspect all these definitions from people saying it means "below 50000 gallons" or whatever arbitrary figure they choose, are written by people running small distilleries.
The product could be drain-cleaner material and they would still call it craft. That's nonsense.
My take on the term, is based off of beer, in which case a craft brewery is typically a small scale brewery. I mean I think it is somewhat debatable as to whether or not Sam Adam's is actually craft or not. But if you want to go with the attention to detail and such, which tends to fit a lot of the smaller breweries, but it could also have to do with the depth of what they are offering.
The breweries that are not considered Craft beers often produce a rather small range of standard offerings, which in terms of whisky may be the Glenfiddich, and Glenlivet who seem to do very little exploration in terms of the Distilllery bottled offerings. So some craft distilleries if you go by the range of exploration and offerings they have may be Macallan, and Glenmorangie to name a few.
But I really have no clue how to abstract the definition I have in my mind of Craft Breweries, to distilleries, part of which is because in my mind I believe you need an incredible amount of start up capital, and have a large production base to even make it in most countries, esp. the US.