One surprise at last night's Whiskeyfest in Chicago was the presence of George Dickel. They were promoting the white label No. 12, which seems to have a new label design. They were passing out a newsletter dated "Spring 2003," called the Cascade Hollow Courier. It was the typical distiller newsletter, i.e., decidedly news-free, but it did announce a contest, tied to fly fishing. Their web site also appears to have been recently updated. They were kind of defensive when I asked "what's going on with Dickel?" Dave Backus said they are making whiskey "from time to time." He and the two marketing punks all said "We have plenty of whiskey" and one cracked wise with, "you keep drinking it and we'll worry about the supply." At any event, they appear to be doing something, which is news enough.