About Us

The Florida Craft Spirits Association (FCSA) was established to serve as the voice for the Florida handcrafted distilled spirits industry. The goals of the FCSA are to grow our community, represent our views and interests before policymakers, and promote awareness of our industry across the State of Florida.

The FCSA has something to offer for all Floridians. Whether you’re a passionate entrepreneur looking to start a craft spirit brand, an established distiller looking to take your craft spirits to the next level, or you simply enjoy celebrating and spreading the word about Florida craft spirits, you are the key to ensuring the future of the Florida distilled spirits community.

Our Mission

The mission of FCSA is to grow the market for Florida craft spirits through education, marketing, and regulatory influence. As a member of FCSA, we work for you to ensure the Florida craft distiller’s best interests are served.

Governmental Affairs

Florida craft distilleries and other small businesses are the epicenter of our state’s economy and must have relentless advocates in Tallahassee. Through FCSA’s relationships with state legislators, associations, state agencies, and organizations that work closely with our community, FCSA is the only Florida distilled spirits voice that works with our state government decision-makers while informing the FCSA membership on new laws and agency rules.

Education

As the official voice of Florida distillers, FCSA is the only association supporting the distilling community. Through public outreach, FCSA creates greater knowledge and awareness of handcrafted Florida spirits. Internally, our members are a community of proud entrepreneurs with a passion for the art of distilling spirits who willingly share ideas to help launch, grow and sustain their livelihoods.

Marketing

The Florida craft spirits industry is dedicated to meeting high standards, carefully handcrafting each product. FCSA works to spread the word about our vibrant distilled spirits industry through partnerships with related organizations, associations, retail stores, end consumers, and the media. FCSA also hosts and supports events throughout the Sunshine State, ultimately raising awareness of all our members’ handcrafted spirits.

Regulatory Influence

A unified voice from all Florida distillers is critical to a successful future for the distilled spirits industry of our state. FCSA provides that voice while monitoring and providing input with the Florida Legislature and ABT for licensing, regulatory affairs, and laws that affect our industry.

Our Florida Distillery Trail app is now available!

The digital app will now allow visitors to check in at participating distilleries with just a touch of their finger.

Meet Our Team

Dominic Scott
PRESIDENT

David Cohen

𝙃𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙩𝙤𝙬𝙣: Jacksonville, FL

𝗣𝗼𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: Manifest Distilling president, Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Craft Advisory Council // Government Relations Committee

𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗜 𝗟𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗠𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗔𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗙𝗖𝗦𝗔: I love having the opportunity to shape our industry as it begins to define itself both within our state and nationally. It’s a rare thing to be on the ground floor of a blooming industry like craft spirits, and we have so much potential.

𝗪𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝗜’𝗺 𝗡𝗼𝘁 𝗮𝘁 𝗠𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗳𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗗𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗿𝘆, 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗖𝗮𝗻 𝗙𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝗠𝗲: Spending time with my wife, Nina, and three kids as well as my extended family. I enjoy running, cycling, and being on the water in my limited spare time.

Dominic Scott
VICE PRESIDENT

Matt Armstrong

𝙃𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙩𝙤𝙬𝙣: Odessa, FL (Colorado Native)

𝙋𝙤𝙨𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣: St. Petersburg Distillery president

𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙄 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙢𝙤𝙨𝙩 𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙁𝘾𝙎𝘼: Being on the front line of the craft spirits industry in Florida, helping to build this industry and support the people who make it all happen.

𝙒𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙄’𝙢 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙖𝙩 𝙎𝙩 𝙋𝙚𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙗𝙪𝙧𝙜 𝘿𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙧𝙮, 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙢𝙚: Building something, hiking, kayaking, or reading – almost always with my wife Laura and our four kids.

Dominic Scott
SECRETARY

Will Hensler

𝙃𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙩𝙤𝙬𝙣: Cocoa Beach, FL

𝙋𝙤𝙨𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣: St. Augustine Distillery Company and City Gate Spirits Chief Operating Officer

𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙄 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙢𝙤𝙨𝙩 𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙁𝘾𝙎𝘼: Interacting with industry leaders throughout the state and learning how the products they create have personally impacted their guests, their employees, and their friends and families.

𝙒𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙄’𝙢 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙖𝙩 𝙎𝙩. 𝘼𝙪𝙜𝙪𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙚 𝘿𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙧𝙮, 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙢𝙚: Surfing, cooking, reading, or enjoying a glass of Florida spirits with my wife, Kaitlyn.

Dominic Scott
TREASURER

Matt Allen

𝙃𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙩𝙤𝙬𝙣: San Diego, CA

𝙋𝙤𝙨𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣: Association Treasurer and co-founder of Cerberus Craft Distillery and the Dark Door Spirits brand

𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙙𝙤 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙢𝙤𝙨𝙩 𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙁𝙎𝘾𝘼? Growing the local craft spirits industry.

𝙒𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙮𝙤𝙪’𝙧𝙚 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙖𝙩 𝘿𝙖𝙧𝙠 𝘿𝙤𝙤𝙧, 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙬𝙚 𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙙𝙤𝙞𝙣𝙜? Camping with the family.