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A Spirited Voyage

As most distillers know well, Uncle Sam makes a pretty penny on each bottle of alcohol manufactured in the United States. Federal excise taxes on distilled spirits are higher than those imposed on almost any other consumer good. When...

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Partnerships in the Distilling Business

Craft distilling is the heart and soul of the alcohol movement. Many craft distillers began as hobbyists, keeping their day jobs while focusing night and weekend efforts on perfecting their spirits. And those efforts paid off: the industry is...

Why Your Distillery Needs a Content Strategy

Humans subconsciously love cohesion. Customers fall in love with brands once they sense brand cohesion. When it comes to gaining a following, it’s less about the benjamins for marketing and advertising, and more about brand cohesion — aka consistent...

The Low Down on Shipping Hand Sanitizer

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, supplies of hand sanitizer have been running low at health care facilities for weeks, and the demand is only getting higher. In response, most distillers of alcoholic beverages have switched over some of...

Facing the COVID-19 Crisis with Action

It’s been an unusually busy few weeks during an unprecedented historical period for US craft distillers. Here is a roundup of how some state guilds and distillers have taken action. California The leadership of California Artisanal Distillers Guild (CADG, https://www.cadistillers.org) are...

The State of Our Bar Community is Dire

It’s a terrifying time for all. But it’s a dire time for small businesses, especially our beloved restaurants and bars. Not only do our independent restaurants and bars bring the color and literal and figurative “flavor” to each of...

Craft Distilleries Around the US Step Up to Help Fill Hand-Sanitizer Shortages

by Brad Plummer, Editor, Distiller Magazine As urgency around the global coronavirus pandemic has intensified, consumers across the country shopping for one of the most basic personal hygiene products — hand sanitizer — have been met with empty shelves. In response...

Amid Economic Turmoil Congress Should Act to Make FET Reductions Permanent

Most distilleries, wineries and breweries have benefited from the last few years’ of lower Federal Excise Rates (“FET)” thanks to passage of the Craft Beverage Modernization Act by Congress. That Act temporarily reduced excise taxes for producers, especially craft producers....

Distiller’s Identity Crisis

At the Italian grocery store near my house I stock up on red, non-alcoholic aperitivos. They taste like fizzy Campari, with the same bitter finish. I drink one with dinner, and am not alone in enjoying an alcohol alternative....

5 Categories to Include in Your Distillery’s Marketing Plan

Marketing plans are much like crafting a cocktail — if you leave one ingredient out — it can throw off the entire drink. If you use only one ingredient (like social media), it’s not really a cocktail, now is...