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    Looking for a recommendation for an insurance company that knows what their doing with small distilleries. Our local folks are at a loss. We cant even get a quote on loss of product should a fire or other loss happen. Any guidance would be appreciated!
  2. Folks, I am not asking for business...I wanted some feedback just to gauge market interest in financial consulting services for start up distilleries. I own my own distillery and I come from a financial services and investment background with nearly 3 decades of experience. I have a PhD and MBA and have taught finance, management and investments courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. I am published in accounting and investment academic journals. My question to the peanut gallery is: Would you (theoretically) be willing to pay for someone to help develop your financial projections for your start up distillery? I know many of you come from various backgrounds...but corporate finance and financial projections may be foreign to you. Just looking for feedback on whether the marketplace would support this type of service. Don't need the money. Have my day job and the distillery. But I have helped a few other start ups with pro formas, sales forecasts and cost analyses as it was like a foreign language to them. Thanks in advance for any feedback.
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    Barrel Warning

    Someone on here recently warned against using a particular discount barrel maker. The gist of the discussions that they never delivered on time and the barrels were poor quality. If anyone recalls which company this was, could you please share. I can't remember and can't find the original post. Thank you.
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    Anyone have experience w/ Affordable Distillery Equipment LLC??

    Love these guys. The equipment works just as expected...but the real value are Paul and his staff. Always there when you need them.
  5. Anyone have a Flavor Ingredient Data sheet for Angostura bitters? We need it to get our Rock n Rye recipe approved. Angostura has been a pain since they're our of Barbados and their distributor here in the US says they don't have it. Thanks in advance.
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    Help with Your Financial Plans

    Are you in the build out phase or looking to analyze your existing financials? I am a PhD with nearly 3 decades in the investment industry. I have taught finance, management and investment courses at multiple universities. Published in Accounting and investment journals. Own my own distillery. If you're looking for help creating cost projections, sales forecast spreadsheets, etc., shoot me an email. Johnd@threecrossesdistilling.com
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    Point of Sale System

    We are looking for a POS system for our distillery including a tasting room. We are considering Clover, Shopkeepers and Square. Would welcome ADI input. Which is the overall least expensive (swipe charges, system, etc.).
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    Events in Tasting Room

    I was hoping people would share some of their more successful events that they do within their tasting rooms to drive traffic and revenue. Hopefully, this helps others as well. Thanks in advance for sharing.
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    Events in Tasting Room

    Thanks. We do the sandwich board and get a bunch of comments on how funny people think our messages are. In Virginia, we can't do the farmer's markets.
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    Cleaning columns and bubble plates

    A couple process and cleaning questions. So I have an 8" and a 12" bubble plate columns. With those of you that run the same style, how often do you clean the inside of your columns and the bubble plates? Also, does anyone also run these style columns with raschig rings as well? Thanks in advance.
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    750ml Bottles 10 CENTS!!!!

    Do you have caps for them as well?
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    Cleaning columns and bubble plates

    Thanks everyone. Thinking I'll set up a semi-annual cleaning routine.
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    Thanks guys.....confused as ever.....?
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    rum waste

    Folks, Need some help. Need ideas on how other get rid fo their rum dunder (spent sugar and molasses wash). County says we can't dilute and send down drain. Need ideas, thanks.
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    Label Design Guy

    I the spirit of paying it forward, if anyone is looking for help with label design, we found a new guy that is local and label design is a side hustle for him...so extremely reasonable from a cost perspective. But the work was as good if not better (we're biased) than what we paid one of the fancy NY folks. If you're looking for help, reach out directly or I can make an introduction. JonRBurnley@gmail.com
  16. We found an independent guy that is awesome. Very reasonable too (compared to the $20 plus thousand most of theses design shops want). 

    Graphic design background. Responsive, quick and great creatively. Email him. See if he's taking on more clients.



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    Virginia - Tasting Room

    Fellow Virginia distilleries, what do you serve as far as food in your tasting room? Are you registered as a full blown restaurant?
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    Flavor Ingredient Data Sheet.

    Anyone have a 'Flavor Ingredient Data Sheet' for vanilla extract that someone could send me? Thanks in advance.
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    Stupid label question

    Okay. Here’s a real stupid question for the peanut gallery. So some bottles have that thin strip of a label that goes over the top of the bottle as the tamper evident seal. What is that type of label called? In my google searches everything I’ve called them just leads me back to standard tamper evident seals. Also, if you know what they’re called, who can I get them from? Thanks in advance.
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    1000gal Copper Pot Still

    Try Affordable Distilling Equipment. Paul and his folks are great to work with.
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    Proofing....hydrometer vs Anton Paar

    So I have a question and maybe a gripe. So the Anton Paar Snap 50 is not TTB approved yet their specs meet all TTB requirements. Is the only reason it’s not approved is they’re trying to protect their revenue from the DMA 5000 that just happens to be $27,000!!!!!! is it just that they haven’t submitted the SNAP50 for approval? just curious.
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    Food in tasting room

    For those of you with tasting rooms without full kitchens or are not full ‘bars’, do you serve any food? If so, what foods do you serve? What are your best selling items? Do you price for profit or simply as value add? thanks in advance.
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    Food in tasting room

    Same here. We’re thinking cured meats and cheese, crackers, grapes, etc. that a local deli delivers daily.
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    What part of the Business Plan did you struggle with?

    Realistic sales numbers. Thats the hardest part.
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    Barrel Racks

    If anyone is looking to unload 30 and 53 gallon barrel racks cheap, we’re looking. We’re a bootstrap start-up...so cheap is good. Thanks in advance.