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A Contractor’s Guide to Building a Distillery

The road to success is always under construction. —Arnold Palmer The advancement of any craft requires constant tweaking and fine-tuning. With distilling we find this to be literally true as well. A production facility must have a well-built foundation, properly plumbed...

Be Safe. Save Money. Build Your Own Lab.

For craft distillers, the key to success in product development and production is to document what you do and continuously improve your methods to help you achieve your goals more easily, cheaply and with the best possible results. Building...

Distillery Cost Accounting 101

Craft distillers face a daily mountain of responsibility. The last thing that a distiller wants to worry about after a 12-hour day running the still and cleaning the fermenters is cost accounting. Even the thought of their accountant asking...

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...

The Skinny on Canned Cocktails

For many, summertime means going to the beach and lying by the pool. Unfortunately, packing a bottle of traditional craft spirits means bringing glass, which is cumbersome and typically prohibited. One viable option for a convenient, portable and refreshing...

What the Bottled in Bond Act of 1897 Means Today

“Bottled in bond” is a phrase coined more than 100 years ago in the whiskey business to assure the purchaser that he was buying the real deal. Prior to Prohibition, counterfeit whiskey flooded the unregulated market, at best swindling...

Cost Analysis: from Grain 
to Retail Shelf

Barrel-aged gin. Flavored moonshine. Small-batch rye. Cinnamon whiskey. Hand-crafted tequila. Single-barrel bourbon. At the local liquor store, the average consumer is treated to spirits of all varieties, ages, levels of quality and artisanship, and packaging shapes and sizes, but generally...

TTB vs FDA

When it comes to understanding the authority differences between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), there is a great deal of confusion among craft distillers. What role does the FDA have on...

ADI to Make Public Comment to TTB

On November 26, 2018, TTB published a notice of proposed rulemaking entitled “Modernization of the Labeling and Advertising Regulations for Wine, Distilled Spirits, and Malt Beverages.” This proposal is a significant reorganization and amendment of the rules that govern...

Matching Whiskey Production with Sales

Sales need to grow, right? But first, whiskey needs to age. Those distillers that have been making whiskey for a while now have probably dealt with this firsthand. Those of you just entering this space may not have dealt...