Distilling Pioneer Dave Pickerell Dies At 62


WASHINGTON, — Spirits icon and pioneering distiller Dave Pickerell died Nov. 1 in San Francisco. He was 62.

Pickerell spent 14 years as master distiller for Maker’s Mark before venturing out to help start many of the craft distilling operations now seen across the country, according to the Distilled Spirits Council. He worked with WhistlePig Whiskey, Hillrock Estate Distiller and, most recently, with heavey metal band Metallica on its brand, Blackened Whiskey. He was also critical in restoring George Washington’s Distillery at Mount Vernon.

“Dave Pickerell was a true icon in the distilling world, and an innovator and mentor to so many,” said Frank Coleman, senior vice president of the Distilled Spirits Council. “With Bill Samuels at Maker’s Mark, Dave helped launch the premiumization of bourbon, a trend that has swept around the globe. He was a leader of the original team of distillers involved in the restoration of George Washington’s Distillery and the recreation of the first rye whiskey at the site in 200 years. That effort in the early 2000s sparked the revival and subsequent boom in rye whiskey that followed.

“And, through his teaching, consulting and friendship, he was a founding father of the craft distilling movement that is exploding in the United States.”

A native of Fairborn, Ohio, Pickerell attended West Point on a football scholarship and earned an undergraduate degree in chemistry, according to Wine Enthusiast magazine. He received his master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Louisville and worked at Maker’s Mark for 14 years, leaving in 2008 to become a consultant.

Guinness Offers ‘Picture-Perfect’ Pints

DUBLIN, Ireland (PRNewswire) — Visitors to The Guinness Storehouse in Dublin can now get a picture-perfect pint, right down to the picture.

Since Nov. 1, International Stout Day, the Storehouse has been offering the Guinness STOUTie, a pint of Guinness featuring a selfie or other chosen design on the head of the iconic black and white stout. STOUTies are made possible by the Ripples technology, which combines patented 3D printer mechanics with ink-jet printing. The images are printed using natural malt extract.

“We are thrilled to partner with Guinness for The STOUTie launch — exciting beer lovers by making their beverage unique,” said Yossi Meshulam, CEO of Ripples. “Together, we are creating ripples of enjoyment at the home of Guinness in Dublin.”

Ohio Among ‘Fattest’ States

Ohio is among the fattest states in the country, according to a recent report by personal-finance website WalletHub.

According to the report, Ohio is ranked 12th fattest state in the country, based on a comparison of 25 key metrics, ranging from share of overweight and obese population to sugary-beverage consumption among adolescents and obesity-related health care costs.

Mississippi was ranked No. 1, while Colorado was the least fast state.

At the city level, WalletHub found Canton-Massillon the 17th fattest metro area in the country. Other Ohio cities on the list included Toledo at 27th, Columbus at 31st and Dayton at 36th.