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  1. Fellow California DSP's, The California Artisanal Distillers Guild is introducing another major piece of legislation for 2018. We do not have language yet, but members of CADG will have access as soon as it becomes available. So... please consider joining and helping us move the legislative process further forward. Our industry has made giant leaps forward thanks to the work of CADG... by joining you become part of the solution and will see the benefit in many ways. As a reminder, we are an all volunteer organization and there is no paid staff. All funds raised go directly towards our efforts, we do have some minimum qualifications to join... but, most qualify and we welcome positive and helpful input. Cris Steller Executive Director California Artisanal Distillers Guild
  2. Hi Andy, Get a hold of me and we can discuss. Cris cris.s.cadg@gmail.com California Artisanal Distillers Guild
  3. changes coming in California?

    Below is my personal opinion, and not necessarily representative of the entire guild or its board... so flame me personally not the CADG... Actually ABC does not realistically have a dog in this fight... they are a government agency tasked with oversight of our industry. They really could care less if we distill, rectify or a combination of whatever it is we do. What they want is clear and concise language that can be enforced. Many think government regulators are all bad and want to see us fail. In California at least, we have a true partnership with ABC that has been very good to work with. I guess some of that depends on your politics and point of view. If we are going to be taken serious by our peers in beer and wine, we have to become a respected member of the beverage community. That takes time and professionalism along with some money to amend laws to work for us and allow for the growth we all need. We don't even get a fair amount of respect and support from within our own industry. There are so many sitting on the sidelines with lots to say, yet what have they done? CADG is not perfect nor can we change everything over night, but we have been at this now for almost 5 years working to gain a good reputation. There are those that have become "experts" on what should happen in California, yet very very few have actually signed up to help in making change happen. I can't begin to quantify the number of phone calls from people around the state with all the great ideas, and if I only listened to them things would turn instantaneously... this ain't my first rodeo. What we need is true unity within the industry, not a divided bunch of cowboys. Our industry is filled with many different personalities, but all of that needs to be put aside to gain the privileges under our liquor laws we all so desire. All of us in CADG welcome input, as long as it comes from a point of being helpful and positive. Its too easy to take shots at others who are working hard to do the true hard work and heavy lifts. Legislation is never easy, but it is the only way true change occurs. I appreciate all the good conversation on this forum, its how we all learn and listen (Capn & Scrounge and others). Of course, some prefer to think they are cute or clever... all I can say is... whatever. cris
  4. changes coming in California?

    There is some clarifications and additional changes needed. The CADG is working with California ABC and the legislature to fix issues that have come out since 1/1/16 introduction of the type 74 license. We are confident that all the issues will be resolved, and California Distillers will be happy where we end up. I will make an additional plea... if you have not joined CADG... please do. If you are a member, please consider donating to our legislative budget so we can get this work done. California is a big state, with a lot of potential... it's also a state that needs unity within the industry and $$$ to keep our presence in the political process. Feel free to get in touch with any questions. cris
  5. Lots of tails from wine

    Hi KDI, We do a lot of work in our distillery with wine. If you want to contact us privately, please feel free. cris.drydiggings@gmail.com cris p.s. Have you considered joining the CADG yet?
  6. I am well aware of your stance, and the current situation "Papazulu". My actions on behalf of all distillers in California speak for themselves, the two legislative bills are not limited to CADG members and benefit all. Can you name another organization that has accomplished more on behalf of California DSP's than CADG? Since day one of the organization, all were invited to join... the only caveat is pay dues, give back to the industry and adhere to a code of conduct that befits membership. The CADG does in fact hold all, including myself to a high standard. CADG is run by a board of directors that are statewide and elected. Any issue or problem can be brought to the board for discussion. We however do not use ADI or any other public forum to air grievances or take liberties with people's reputations. You have been invited to join, and you have chosen a path only you understand. California is a state with a vibrant economy and home to the original craft distillers in the USA. No one person should control an organization, nor should one person tear it apart or condemn it. All things can be worked out among civil individuals, do you want a solution? One last thing, read your post above and think about what you have done to my partner and I. How do you reconcile that? Cris
  7. To All California Distillers, The CADG is a non profit organization formed to better the industry on behalf of its members. All work is done by fellow distillers with the exception of our legislative team and our CPA. All dues are used to the further the organization, and are approved by the board of directors. The process for joining involves a simple application form, accompanied by a dues check. There is also an ethics component. We do review all applications for membership. If there are questions, the board of directors are posted on the CADG website or the CADG office can be contacted. As the Executive Director, my office is always open. I am also a distiller and participate as a member of ADI and CADG. I also only have one profile on ADI, and never post under any other alias. This is a transparent organization that works for all its members since 2012. This is a small and growing industry, and attracts many different kinds of people. The CADG has accomplished the two most significant pieces of California legislation in 3 short years. AB 933 was passed in 2013 and gained us the right to have paid tastings in our distillery tasting rooms. AB 1295 passed in 2015 now will allow us to sell up to 3 750 ml bottles to a consumer per day or equivalent bottle/volume, hold private events and have ownership in 3 restaurant operations if we choose. Only the membership of CADG moved this legislation, and while others are taking credit for it via social media, press and websites... only the members made this happen. To date, all membership applications have been processed and all dues deposited. We review all financial transactions monthly and an appropriate audit trail is on file. Transparency and accountability are the hallmarks of any non profit organization. CADG strives to maintain its reputation within the business, legislative, regulatory and adult beverage industry. We work with the CCBA and the Family Winemakers of California as well as ADI, ACSA, DISCUS, NCSLA and all other guilds or associations in other states /countries. We hope many existing and new DSP's will consider joining in 2016. But, we do have rules and a code of conduct that all members must follow. Some may not subscribe to the standards set out in our bylaws, most do and we welcome their participation. cris p.s. Now that we have cleared that up... we are about to start work with California Alcohol Beverage Control on some of the outdated, controversial and sometimes contradictory statutes that exist in California. Whiskey labels is one of the first things we will be discussing... as it comes along, I will update whenever possible. But, remember... members of CADG support this and non members do not. Consider being a member...
  8. The CADG is in discussion with California ABC and legislators to address this issue. Many whiskeys on California retail shelves do not meet this requirement. Current law follows the discussion outlined above. There is a risk in putting bottles in distribution that do not meet the current requirements. Craig Rashkis in Los Gatos is a great liquor law lawyer if you are looking at this in the near term. cris p.s. Notice that all the serious issues concerning the distilling industry are being undertaken by CADG (all volunteer organization that relies on member support).
  9. California visit - Jan 4th to Jan 10th

    Hi... if you did not make contact with Spirit Works yet, get in touch with me... I can reach out... Cris 916 542 1700 or cris.drydiggings@gmail.com Welcome to the Golden State !!!
  10. Look for other distillers both within the state and across the country. Become a part of the community and take advantage of how we support each other. Having a viable community that builds trust and honesty to exchange information can move you forward. The public also will appreciate a community that works together. Not sure if New Jersey has started a guild or a state association, but if not consider at least an informal meeting of DSP's. Use this forum to make friends across the country, we all learn from each other. Good luck and keep us updated. Cris
  11. changes coming in California?

    Governor Brown signed AB1295... so its amazing. See other thread more details. cris
  12. california direct sales

    AB 1295 the California Craft Distiller Act was signed into law today by Governor Brown. All members of CADG should be extremely proud of making this happen. Team effort. If there was ever a reason to become a member, this is it. Thanks to all who have supported our cause, and we look forward to 2016 moving California Distilling ahead. We look forward to thank Assemblymembers Marc Levine and Adam Gray along with all the other co-authors for being champions of our cause. The entire legislature and Governor have been supportive and have given us a bill that is amazing. Thanks are deserved to all... please consider sending a letter to your legislators telling them how positive the impact will be. Cris
  13. For Sale: Rapidly Growing Craft Distillery in Northern California. Current distribution in over 130 retail locations. Excellent tasting spirits in attractive packaging. 200 gallon custom still, mashtun, fermenters, grain mill, manual bottling line. ($200K value) Tasting room with online scheduling Strong internet/social media presence In-stock glass, ready to fill and sell Large bulk spirit inventory, including some aged Whiskey Ready to sell inventory (already bottled) Forklift Excellent Lease and location, low overhead Reports, Formulas, COLAS (other intellectual property) City, State, and Federal licenses, bonded, insured Potential buyers need funds in place, will be vetted by sellers attorney Current owner available to support buyer $635,000 More details are available after buyers are vetted. This is a confidential sale and many details are negotiable. Serious inquiries only please. Seller has asked Cris Steller at the California Artisinal Distillers Guild to do initial screening. He may be reached at 916 235 4012 or email cris.s.cadg@gmail.com
  14. Hello Gridge, Yes, the opportunity is still there... but, there is an offer on the table. If you are extremely serious, I would recommend getting in touch with me ASAP. cris.s.cadg@gmail.com cris
  15. Rules for Tasting Rooms in Calif.

    Mr Scrounge, No worries, my original reply started to be kind of snarky... I took your message wrong, but luckily my new habit of walking away and smelling whatever is coming off the still before hitting send gave me a moment of clarity. We have talked several times, and I remembered where you were and of course changed how I took the message... I knew you would be in the path of it all, it has been a tough fire season. Amador had a fire come right up to the edge of the street last Thursday and Butte burned towards their house... Hope I did not add to your stress, just felt a little helpless to do much... but we always have trucks and trailers to help. Hoping some rain came last night, we got some down here... no worries on joining... we will be here. Come visit us down here, have a sip or two... change of scenery sometimes helps. We will keep up the rain dance and cross fingers / toes... c
  16. Rules for Tasting Rooms in Calif.

    Not sure what you want here... The last 3 fire seasons have been very serious up here where I am from. This year even more so. The destruction of life and property are horrific, and my wife is up near Sonora working with the Butte fire. We need rain soon, and for an extended period of time over this upcoming winter. If you have questions about the CADG, please feel to ask.
  17. Rules for Tasting Rooms in Calif.

    Please consider joining in the movement... California Artisanal Distillers Guild has just moved the new bill AB 1295 from the legislature to the Governors desk. This bill is the second piece of legislation to successfully move in California... in just 3 years. We have no paid staff, are all volunteer and work on behalf of the distilling industry in California... all of these new privileges are from the work CADG members perform. Why not join, and become part of the group? Questions, contact cris.s.cadg@gmail.com Cris Steller Executive Director Dry Diggings Distillery
  18. california direct sales

    CADG has successfully navigated the California Legislature... AB 1233 turned into AB 1295... and... AB 1295 The Craft Distillers Act of 2015 is going to the Governors desk for his signature. The bill is found here: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billCompareClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1295 This bill moves California into one of the leading states for distilling in the U.S. and we are proud to be associated with Marc Levine (D) San Rafael and Adam Gray (D) Merced authors of this bill. Privileges are now to include tastings as before (straight tastes) but also include sample cocktails, direct to consumer sales (2.25 liters Per Person/Per Day), Private events (full bar privileges) and ownership of eating establishments. If you are a distiller in California and not yet a member, please strongly consider joining... the community is small, but we are making major accomplishments on behalf of the industry. Join us and be a part of this movement. Cris
  19. changes coming in California?

    California is moving ahead... the legislature passed AB 1295 on Sept 11, 2015... it goes to the Governors desk for signature... send your letters of support in now. When signed, we will look for implementation on January 1, 2016 for the licensing process to start. If there ever was a question of why join the Guild, read the bill... https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billCompareClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1295 CADG members made this happen, by coming together to support our industry we get things done. All those who are not members, ask yourself.... why? Questions? Write cris.s.cadg@gmail.com
  20. Pennsylvania Guild Forming Now

    We are happy for PA, and if we can help... please get in touch. Good luck and keep us up on what comes about. C
  21. changes coming in California?

    The legislature comes back August 17th... and our bill will be back in the hot seat and hopefully moving fast. Please really consider joining and supporting our effort. Letters, phone calls and contributions are so important to the effort. This will change the landscape for all distillers, but the small distiller really gains the most in this effort. Any questions, get in touch... C
  22. New DSP for Northern CA

    Scalawag, Welcome and congratulations on getting your DSP. As you have probably read, we have started the California Artisanal Distillers Guild and have recently grown to over 50 members. We are all volunteer, and have been working since day 1 on getting a better working environment for all. In 2012 we started with AB 933 which passed and went into effect in 2013... the right to have paid tastings in your tasting room. In 2015 we have been working on AB 1295 which will get us direct to consumer sales... among some other major advancements. Love to talk about you joining us. If we can help, let us know. We will be at the SF Spirits Carnival next weekend (Aug 15 & 16) with over 30 members pouring. Good luck...
  23. changes coming in California?

    The best way to find out is to be involved... please consider joining the California Artisanal Distillers Guild. www.cadsp.org to find the application and contact information. CADG is a member driven and 100% volunteer organization dedicated to the California distiller. AB 1295 (D) Levine has been put together by a coalition of interested parties out of the previous attempt of AB 1233 earlier this session. That bill is still waiting in the wings for 2016 in case an issue occurs on AB 1295. But, we anticipate our efforts paying off. AB 1295 is a much more comprehensive bill with far reaching opportunities. The 50+ members of CADG are the true pioneers in the California spirits industry. It would be extremely helpful if all would join our efforts. Those in the state that do not join CADG, yet take advantage of its work... like AB 933 and having a tasting room and being able to charge, or what's coming in AB 1295 should think about the greater good for the industry and join. ADI helps us all nationally, but its important that the guilds in each state grow and represent the local distillers. If you have any questions, call... and again... consider joining. Cris p.s. did I mention... join CADG ?
  24. California Distillers Guild

    Hello, I wanted to get back and update all on where we are... the post above is not really accurate as of 5/5/15. The bill is not dead, nor was it voted on the floor and the Senate has not even seen the bill. The first hearing in the G.O. committee of the Assembly is where the bill was to be heard. The chair unfortunately had a very clear agenda to put the bill into a "limbo" of sorts, referring it for additional research regarding 3 tier implications. This was more due to political infighting than the bill content, water issues between the chair and our author appear to be the culprit... So what does that mean? A lot more work, and some creativity within the political process. We are working on various plans to get the bill back on track... could be in the Senate, could be back in the Assembly... or our original bill could be pulled back from limbo by members further up the food chain. It's all a chess game, and the stakes are very high for all of us in California. This is the first of a 2 year session... so worst case is we go to hearings in October and prepare for a January 2016 re-introduction. I hope this is not the case... personally. CADG is an all volunteer organization, we have a very good lobbyist from one of the top firms in the state working on our behalf. By joining CADG you help fund that effort, donations are also extremely helpful. We have no overhead and all funds go directly for CADG lobby costs, public events etc... Scalawag brings up a good point... write letters to the assembly and senate, talk about the positive impact of our industry. Post on social media that we need support and keep our message positive and moving the ball forward. It's also appreciated when any questions be directed to CADG, this takes a coordinated effort and be on target with message and news items is critical. I can be reached either at Dry Diggings Distillery or cris.s.cadg@gmail.com Thanks for all the support, and we look forward to getting AB 1233 back on track soon... more to come. Cris
  25. For Sale: Rapidly Growing Craft Distillery in Northern California. Current distribution in over 130 retail locations. Excellent tasting spirits in attractive packaging. 200 gallon custom still, mashtun, fermenters, grain mill, manual bottling line. ($200K value) Tasting room with online scheduling Strong internet/social media presence In-stock glass, ready to fill and sell Large bulk spirit inventory, including some aged Whiskey Ready to sell inventory (already bottled) Forklift Excellent Lease and location, low overhead Reports, Formulas, COLAS (other intellectual property) City, State, and Federal licenses, bonded, insured Potential buyers need funds in place, will be vetted by sellers attorney Current owner available to support buyer $635,000 More details are available after buyers are vetted. This is a confidential sale and a non disclosure is required. There are options available to a qualified buyer. This could include buying just the brand, product, bottles, labels and tops... or just the distillery. Seller has asked Cris Steller at the California Artisinal Distillers Guild to do initial screening. He may be reached at 916 235 4012 or email cris.s.cadg@gmail.com