Journal NOW: New NFPA Journal feature story examines fire safety in the craft distilling industry

Blog Post created by averzoni Employee on Mar 1, 2018
Whiskey ages in wood barrels at Boston Harbor Distillery in Dorchester 

It's hard to keep up with the number of craft distilleries opening across the country. Every time I visit my hometown, near Portland, Maine, it seems as though there's yet another business churning out bottles of gin, whiskey, vodka, rum, you name it. 
This got me and the rest of the NFPA Journal team wondering how these facilities are being protected from fire and other hazards. As it turns out, in some cases the answer is that they're not. 
My latest Journal feature story, "Small Scale, High Proof," explores the burgeoning craft distilling industry in the United States, highlighting the growing concerns over a lack of information specific to distilleries within commonly adopted codes and standards. 
Change is on the way, though. With over 1,000 craft distilleries scattered across the United States and many more in the works, organizations like NFPA and the International Code Council are mulling ways to address the issue. "AHJs need something in a code to help them know what to look for and what hazards are being presented," one fire protection engineer from California told me. 
Read the full story hereand keep an eye out for the rest of the March/April issue of NFPA Journal coming soon online.