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  1. You can also have your attorney request a written opinion from the Agency about whether this situation would violate the tied-house regulations. If the attorney does so, make sure your names and businesses are not mentioned in the opinion request.
  2. Please see the attached PDF file for the job announcement if you are interested in working at a craft distillery outside of Dallas, TX or please email us at info@fivepointsdistilling.com for more information regarding this position. Job annoucement3.pdf
  3. Five Points Distilling, located in Forney, Texas, is seeking a full-time Assistant Distiller to join our team. We are a start-up distillery swinging into full production of wheat vodka and wheat whiskey. This individual will be involved in all aspects of distilling from milling grain to bottling and barreling product. Applicant Qualifications Previous distilling/brewing experience is preferred but not required Background includes some chemistry Strong mechanical background Experience operating forklifts and/or tractors Able to work with little to no supervision and be able to follow directions Be precise and detail oriented Physical Requirements Ability to reach frequently with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, and crouch on concrete Ability to lift and/or move up to 60 pounds, employing traditional lifting methods Ability to work in wet conditions and work in hot and cold climate Forney is located 20 miles east of downtown Dallas, Texas. If you are interested in this unique opportunity, please send a resume and cover letter to: info@fivepointsdistilling.com
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    FDA Inspection, anyone?

    I know with some federal agencies like OSHA you may request a warrant prior to allowing OSHA to inspect your facility. Does anyone know whether you may deny the FDA entry and require them to obtain a warrant? Given that it does not appear that the FDA issues citations with associated penalties upon first discovering non-compliant conditions like OSHA, do you believe that it would be best to allow entry even if you have the authority to request a warrant?
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    Distributor meeting

    We have a second meeting with a large distributor in Texas in the next few weeks and are seeking some advice as to dealing with distributors, contracts, ect... I have seen in previous postings that mark-ups vary wildly from state to state. Does anyone know the typical mark-up by the distributor and by the retailer here in Texas? After perfecting our recipes, we anticipate being ready for full production at the end of September when we receive our bottling line. Assuming that the distributor will take us that close to the holiday season, should we execute a contract (if offered) prior to receiving the bottling line or should we wait until we have the actual production capacity? In terms of a contract, what type of terms should we expect from the distributor? Also, what terms do you wish you had negotiated (and reasonably expected the distributor would have accepted)? In terms of logistics, do you have the distributor pick-up the product at your facility or do you have to arrange transport to the distributor? If you have to arrange distribution, what type of carrier do you need? I know in Texas that you need a permit from TABC to transport alcohol, but what type of carrier? Also, if anyone is willing to share their lessons learned from distributors, particularly from Texas, I would really appreciate the advice. Thanks!
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    System of Storage

    For the "system of storage" question in the permit for warehouseman and spirits bottled and cases, what are the TTB asking operationally? Is this just whiskey storaged in barrells or bottles on a pallet, etc... Or does have to do with the marking of the spirits? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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    System of Storage

    For the "system of storage" question in the permit for warehouseman and spirits bottled and cases, what are the TTB asking operationally? Is this just whiskey storaged in barrells or bottles on a pallet, etc... Or does have to do with the marking of the spirits? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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    Redistiller?

    We are in the process of completing our TTB application and have a question regarding exactly what the TTB considers redistillation. In the application, the TTB requires a statement about whether spirits will be redistilled. If we purchased NGS from a vendor for further distillation, is this considered redistillation? If we make vodka to then make gin, would this be considered redistillation? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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