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  1. Hi everybody! Our latest entry into our Webinar series comes to you in 3 parts. Director of Education Todd Buckley will be LIVE from Tacoma, WA to teach you everything you need to know about proper Business Planning for craft distillers. Keep in mind, the Business Planning Webinars will take place over the course of 3 separate Wednesdays, but you don’t have to be present for all of them. We’ll be recording each session and will have it posted to the website soon after their conclusion. Each session will be approximately one hour. As part of the Webinar experience, all participants will be able to interact with Todd in realtime, asking questions via text as they occur to you. Rather than a simple presentation, these Webinars will have a much more conversational feel to them and you’ll be able to tailor the experience to exactly what you’d like to learn. Here's a link to learn more: https://distilleryuniversity.com/product/business-planning-webinar-with-todd-buckley-3-part-series Dates: 8/21, 8/28 and 9/4. All sessions will begin at 4:30pm PST Subtopics will include: Introduction to Essential Business Planning for Your Startup Distillery Organizational Structure Partners & Advisors Management & Personnel Business Plan vs Business Canvas Market Analysis Customer Sentiment Competition SWOT/VRIO Analysis SMART Business Goals Marketing Strategy Marketing Plan Personnel Plan Financial Plan Financial Forecasting Sources and Uses Break-even Analysis Business Plan Outline Putting It All Together Entering The Dog & Pony Show If anyone has any questions, feel free to get a hold of me by phone or email. I can be reached at (509) 999-1244 and rockwell@distilleryuniversity.com. We hope to see you there! Rockwell Rutter
  2. Hi everyone! Rockwell Rutter here from Distillery University; I wanted to let everyone know about two new 3-day Workshops to be held this fall at 3 Howls Distillery in Seattle, WA (Session 1: September 13-15; Session 2: October 11-13) These Workshops allow you to actually take control of a professional-grade reflux still and produce your own batch of spirits under the supervision of award-winning distillers. We'll also have lots of classroom time to learn from various experts and get all your questions answered. All students also receive a FREE Lifetime Membership to our online classes (currently at over 47 hours of content and a $499 value). Also, everyone is entered to win a free 3 gallon reflux still (the same type we use during the Workshop). We announce the winner on Sunday, just let us know where to ship it! If you're looking to get ACTUAL hands-on experience, these are the Workshops for you. We'll have a mash already made up for you, so all you have to focus on is getting your spirits to come out just right. After your spirits run is complete, you'll then be shown how to blend with distilled water in order to get the strength and flavor profile you're looking for. From there, you'll bottle your finished spirit and take it home with you! We'll also run the bottling line and a few other hands-on activities. Topics to be covered in the hands-on portion of the class are: Mashing Grain choice Temperatures Fermentation Choosing the base product Yeast choice Vessel choice Distillation Making the cuts Temperature choice Equipment design/performance Still performance For the classroom portion of the Workshop, industry expert Todd Buckley covers: Welcome to the Beverage Alcohol Industry History of Distilling in America Regulation Highlights to Distill in the US The Competitive Landscape of Spirits in the US Introduction to Biology: Fermentation Grains, Fruits and Yeast Yeast Strains Introduction to Chemistry: Alcohol Ethanol, Methanol, Isopropanol Organic Acids Ethylene and Ethyl Ether Esters Filtration Vodka distillation Properly Using a Hydrometer Substrate Choices Achieving 190 proof Bottling Brandy Distillation Fruit Choices Achieving 160 proof Filtration Proofing Botanicals Blending for Gin Botanical Choices Maceration, Decoction and Infusion Brewing Skill for Whiskey Distillation and Aging Substrate Choices Fermentation Distillation Techniques Aging Introduction to Physics: Distillation Heating, Reflux and Condensation Still Design Weight, Volume and Temperature If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact me any time by phone or email. Also, here is a link to the informational page on our website, where you can view pricing and registration info (https://distilleryuniversity.com/hands-on-workshop/). Have a great day! Rockwell Rutter (509) 999-1244 rockwell@distilleryuniversity.com
  3. Hi All, I am an experienced consultant and former head distiller available for work on a variety of projects. I have experience building new distilleries and helping existing ones. I can assist with equipment selection, buildout, recipe development, operations, troubleshooting, cost forecasting, staff selection and training. I also provide writing and education services for the beverage, aroma, flavor and cannabis industries, including copy, blogs, articles and proposals. Additionally, I have an experienced graphic designer that I work very closely with who can create great labels, logos and merchandise (she also did the suit in my profile pic). I am based between New York and Baltimore, but am happy to travel domestically and internationally. I just returned from Italy, where I taught a workshop on The Favor Science of Distilled Beverages to students at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo and will be presenting on similar material at the ADI conference in Denver next week. For more information, please see my attached resume. References and writing samples available upon request. Cheers, Matt Matthew Seán Spinozzi The Spirited Consultant +1 917.693.8684 spinozzi9@gmail.com Matthew_S_Spinozzi_CV.docx
  4. Hi everyone! Rockwell Rutter here from Distillery University; I wanted to let everyone know about our new 3-day Workshop at 3 Howls Distillery in Seattle, WA (March 29-31) This Workshop allows you to actually take control of a professional-grade reflux still and produce your own batch of spirits under the supervision of award-winning distillers. We'll also have lots of classroom time to learn from various experts and get all your questions answered. All students also receive a FREE Lifetime Membership to our online classes (currently at over 47 hours of content and a $499 value). If you're looking to get ACTUAL hands-on experience, this is the Workshop for you. We'll have a mash already made up for you, so all you have to focus on is getting your spirits to come out just right. Also, all attendees are entered into a contest to win one of the stills! After your spirits run is complete, you'll then be shown how to blend with distilled water in order to get the strength and flavor profile you're looking for. From there, you'll bottle your finished spirit and take it home with you! Topics to be covered in the hands-on portion of the class are: Mashing Grain choice Temperatures Fermentation Choosing the base product Yeast choice Vessel choice Distillation Making the cuts Temperature choice Equipment design/performance Still performance For the classroom portion of the Workshop, industry expert Todd Buckley covers: Welcome to the Beverage Alcohol Industry History of Distilling in America Regulation Highlights to Distill in the US The Competitive Landscape of Spirits in the US Introduction to Biology: Fermentation Grains, Fruits and Yeast Yeast Strains Introduction to Chemistry: Alcohol Ethanol, Methanol, Isopropanol Organic Acids Ethylene and Ethyl Ether Esters Filtration Vodka distillation Properly Using a Hydrometer Substrate Choices Achieving 190 proof Bottling Brandy Distillation Fruit Choices Achieving 160 proof Filtration Proofing Botanicals Blending for Gin Botanical Choices Maceration, Decoction and Infusion Brewing Skill for Whiskey Distillation and Aging Substrate Choices Fermentation Distillation Techniques Aging Introduction to Physics: Distillation Heating, Reflux and Condensation Still Design Weight, Volume and Temperature If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact me any time by phone or email. Also, here is a link to the informational page on our website, where you can view pricing and registration info (https://distilleryuniversity.com/hands-on-workshop/). Have a great day! Rockwell Rutter (509) 999-1244 rockwell@distilleryuniversity.com
  5. Hey all, We have finally released our new podcast covering the distilling industry! It features Jason Zeno of Beam-Suntory, Colton Weinstein of Corsair Distillery, and Brian Christensen of Artisan Spirit Magazine. In our first three episodes, we cover the ‘newly’ passed FET reduction, what it means to the industry and our thoughts on where we/it are headed. Part 1 & 2 were recorded prior to the passage of the bill, and cover many of the lobbying efforts members of our industry took in order to get the bill through. In part 3 the bill has finally passed. We cover the specifics of what actually passed, and what we do next! We will be continuing to release episodes covering everything distilling. Competitions and judging, tasting sheets, mashes, and conventions are just a few of the topics already lined up in the queue! Our hope is that we can use this podcast as a way to give back to the community, and much like this forum put the education and information out there for those who want it. The show is for you all, so any feedback, comments, questions, show ideas, ect., would be appreciated! Look for us wherever you download your podcasts from and check out our website...https://stilltalkingpodcast.com And don’t forget to follow us on the social media, @stillcast
  6. Hi everyone! Rockwell Rutter here from Distillery University; I wanted to let everyone know about our new 3-day Workshop at 3 Howls Distillery in Seattle, WA (October 26-28) This Workshop allows you to actually take control of a professional-grade reflux still and produce your own batch of spirits under the supervision of award-winning distillers. We'll also have lots of classroom time to learn from various experts and get all your questions answered. All students also receive a FREE Lifetime Membership to our online classes (currently at over 47 hours of content and a $499 value). If you're looking to get ACTUAL hands-on experience, this is the Workshop for you. We'll have a mash already made up for you, so all you have to focus on is getting your spirits to come out just right. After your spirits run is complete, you'll then be shown how to blend with distilled water in order to get the strength and flavor profile you're looking for. From there, you'll bottle your finished spirit and take it home with you! Topics to be covered in the hands-on portion of the class are: Mashing Grain choice Temperatures Fermentation Choosing the base product Yeast choice Vessel choice Distillation Making the cuts Temperature choice Equipment design/performance Still performance For the classroom portion of the Workshop, industry expert Todd Buckley covers: Welcome to the Beverage Alcohol Industry History of Distilling in America Regulation Highlights to Distill in the US The Competitive Landscape of Spirits in the US Introduction to Biology: Fermentation Grains, Fruits and Yeast Yeast Strains Introduction to Chemistry: Alcohol Ethanol, Methanol, Isopropanol Organic Acids Ethylene and Ethyl Ether Esters Filtration Vodka distillation Properly Using a Hydrometer Substrate Choices Achieving 190 proof Bottling Brandy Distillation Fruit Choices Achieving 160 proof Filtration Proofing Botanicals Blending for Gin Botanical Choices Maceration, Decoction and Infusion Brewing Skill for Whiskey Distillation and Aging Substrate Choices Fermentation Distillation Techniques Aging Introduction to Physics: Distillation Heating, Reflux and Condensation Still Design Weight, Volume and Temperature If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact me any time by phone or email. Also, here is a link to the informational page on our website, where you can view pricing and registration info (https://distilleryuniversity.com/hands-on-workshop/). Have a great day! Rockwell Rutter (509) 999-1244 rockwell@distilleryuniversity.com
  7. For the first time ever, Distillery University is going on the road! This April we hope you'll join us at the award-winning 3 Howls Distillery in Seattle, WA for three days of distilling education and fun. https://distilleryuniversity.com/hands-on-workshop/ Director of Education Todd Buckley is well-known for the award-winning gin he made at the Belletown Distillery. In 2014, his hand-crafted spirit scored a 94 from the Beverage Tasting Institute, beating out such notable gins as Beefeater, Tanqueray and Bombay Sapphire. He'll be sharing his experiential secrets as well as his technical knowledge in this 3-day Workshop that is not to be missed. The entire Workshop will be held at the 3 Howls Distillery in Downtown Seattle, WA. Students will get a chance to learn directly from Will Maschmeier, the distillery's founder and an award-winning distilling expert. For a detailed look at the topics we'll be covering, please visit our website. Students will have several out of class experiences to take advantage of, including: Sensory evaluations of 7 spirits at a nearby restaurant After hours drinks and networking at local watering holes Our camera crew will also be on-site to capture the entire Workshop on film. Later on, this footage will be edited together and posted online at DistilleryUniversity.com. All Workshop attendees will be given a Lifetime Access pass (a $499 value!) to the site, so you'll be able to refer back to every part of the 3-day Workshop whenever you need to, as well as the 47 hours of current footage from other Workshops. All attendees will also be given a Certificate of Membership to Distillery University, suitable for framing. Space is limited, so sign up today. You'll find hotel information on our website (including discounts). Early registration discounts expire soon; don't miss out! https://distilleryuniversity.com/hands-on-workshop/ If anyone has any questions, don't hesitate to contact me personally by phone or email. Rockwell Rutter (509) 999-1244 rockwell@distilleryuniversity.com
  8. Hello everyone! Here's some exciting news from Distillery University: while our previous Workshops have covered the full spectrum of what it means to become a craft distiller, this Workshop focuses on one spirit only: the complex and intriguing Whiskey. Join us April 8-9, 2017 in Spokane, WA for this one-of-a-kind event. Here's a link to learn more. Director of Education Todd Buckley is well-known for the award-winning gin he made at the Belletown Distillery. In 2014, his hand-crafted spirit scored a 94 from the Beverage Tasting Institute, beating out such notable gins as Beefeater, Tanqueray and Bombay Sapphire. He'll be sharing his experiential secrets as well as his technical knowledge in this 2-day Workshop that is not to be missed. Here's a list of topics we'll cover: What are the different types of whiskey? Malt whiskies Grain whiskies Blended whiskies Cask strength Single cask American whiskey Bourbon whiskey Corn whiskey Malt whiskey Rye whiskey Wheat whiskey What makes great whiskey? Yeast Fermentation Mashing Malted Grains Equipment Considerations Still construction Still design Fermentation vessels Grain Selection Fermentation Distillation Aging and Blending Distillation practices for whiskey making Column still Pot Still Stripping Run Making Heads, Hearts, and Tails Cuts Filtration, Maturation & Blending Barrel types Warehousing Whiskey analysis Making sensory charts Common mistakes to avoid in making whiskey Students will have several out of class experiences to take advantage of, including: Sensory evaluations of 7 whiskies at Durkin’s Liquor Bar After hours drinks and networking at local watering holes Our camera crew will also be on-site to capture the entire Workshop on film. Later on, this footage will be edited together and posted online at DistilleryUniversity.com. All Workshop attendees will be given a free Lifetime Access pass (a $499 value!) to the site, so you'll be able to refer back to every part of the 2-day Workshop whenever you need to, as well as the 46 hours of current footage from other Workshops. All attendees will also be given a Certificate of Membership to Distillery University, suitable for framing. Space is limited, so sign up today. You'll find hotel information on our website (including discounts). Early registration discounts expire soon; don't miss out! April 8-9, 2017 in Spokane, WA. Click here to learn more. If anyone has any questions, feel free to contact me personally by phone or email. Have a great day! Rockwell Rutter (509) 999-1244 rockwell@distilleryuniversity.com
  9. Hello everyone from Distillery University! We've been having a lot of success with our 3 and 5-day hands-on Workshops, so we've decided to double-down and start offering spirit-specific events, as well. Our first spirit Workshop is the Ultimate Gin Workshop, coming to Spokane, WA on January 14th and 15th, 2017. Students will learn everything there is to know about gin formulation, distillation, blending, etc. from award-winning distiller Todd Buckley. His gin was rated a 94 in 2014 by the Beverage Testing Institute, beating out big brands like Beefeater, Tanqueray and Bombay Sapphire (link). We'll also be covering botanical selection, and we'll have a collection of various botanical samples on hand to experience. These come courtesy of Morning Myst Botanics. We'll also be hearing from Paul Ziegman, owner and Master Distiller at Tinbender Craft Distillery. As someone who personally built every piece of equipment in his distillery, he'll be covering equipment construction, design, layout and other considerations. Later on in the evening we'll adjourn to a local watering hole for a gin-focused sensory experience and tasting event. We'll sample 7 different gins and Todd will walk us through the different essences and botanicals we can perceive. The next day will consist of a half-day back in the classroom, then a trip out to Palouse Pint malthouse. Master Maltster Joel Williamson will give us a tour and allow us to sample his various types of malt. All students will receive a free Lifetime membership to Distillery University, where you can learn from our existing 46 hours of video coursework, as well as the footage from all future Workshops. Early registration ends soon and space is limited, so get in while you can to reserve a space. Here's a link to learn more: http://bit.ly/2fzXUHF If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me personally by phone or email. Have a great day! Rockwell Rutter (509) 999-1244 rockwell@distilleryuniversity.com
  10. Hi everybody, I wanted to let everyone know about a new site we launched this week that you might find useful. It's a fully searchable, all-online resource directory for our industry called DistillersBook.com. We've got over 700 different listings from 48 different categories, and each listing has all the information you need. Companies are now coming to the site to claim their listing and to upload new photos, special offers, etc., so check back often for new content. If anyone has any questions regarding the site or how they can get involved don't hesitate to contact me. Thanks! Rockwell Rutter rockwell@distilleryuniversity.com (509) 999-1244
  11. Hi everybody, I wanted to let everyone know about a new site we launched this week that you might find useful. It's a fully searchable, all-online resource directory for our industry called DistillersBook.com. We've got over 700 different listings from 48 different categories, and each listing has all the information you need. Companies are now coming to the site to claim their listing and to upload new photos, special offers, etc., so check back often for new content. If anyone has any questions regarding the site or how they can get involved don't hesitate to contact me. Thanks! Rockwell Rutter rockwell@distilleryuniversity.com (509) 999-1244
  12. Hi everyone! Rockwell Rutter from Distillery University here. I wanted to give everyone an update on our Hands-on Workshop coming June 20-24 in Spokane, WA. The March Workshop was an absolute success; we had folks come in from all 4 corners of the country to participate in the 5-day event and everyone left with a smile and new energy for their distillery project. In addition to the classwork and the actual hands-on learning at Tinbender Craft Distillery, we also organized a few after-hours events for people to enjoy. We toured Spokane Industries (tank manufacturer) and held several group dinners and tasting events at local bars and restaurants. There were also a few surprise gifts for everyone (that I won't reveal here), except for one. In addition to the recorded footage of the entire Workshop now available through their account on DistilleryUniversity.com, and the accompanying Powerpoint presentations, attendees were also gifted an EXTENSIVE Business Plan Formulation tool. This software tool will help them with forecasting, expense planning, batch costing, and a host of other business plan requirements as they move closer to starting their distilleries. Now that the Workshop is over, we're gearing up for the next one this June. The Early Registration discount ends on 5/22, so don't miss your chance to save $500. Every registration comes with a free Lifetime Access membership to the online content, so you'll have the benefit viewing the Workshop you attended, as well as the 37 hours of other content that's currently available. We'd love to have you join us next month. Here's a link to learn more: https://distilleryuniversity.com/hands-on-workshop/. And here's a link to a short (one-minute) video showcasing some of the actual hands-on learning: https://vimeo.com/163875286 Here's what a few attendees had to say: “I congratulate the team at Distilling University for the training workshop they have organized. The workshop included a good mix of seminar and on-site education, highlighted by our visit of an equipment manufacturer and local distillery. Furthermore, I made great friends and professional contacts in the group with which i am still keeping in touch. Thank you to Rockwell, Dan and Todd. Cheers!" - E. Garcia. "Thank you very much for an excellent week of learning. It was well worth the effort. The Workshop paid for itself before the first break on day one." - J. Calderon. "So much practical experience and knowledge. Learning facts is fun, but learning why they're important and how to use them is awesome." - A. Lyon Cheers! Rockwell Rutter rockwell@distilleryuniversity.com (509) 999-1244
  13. Welcome to the Next Big Thing! If you are looking for education, please consider Artisan Craft Distilling Institute. Here is a video about us. Please call with questions. Best of luck to you in your project. Cheers, Allan
  14. Hi guys, Rockwell here from Distillery University. I just wanted to let everyone know we're holding a brand-new 5-day Hands-on Workshop this March in Spokane, WA. Early registration discounts are valid until 2/21, so check out the site and see what you think. Our Workshop will give you actual hands-on experience, as we'll be heading over to Tinbender Craft Distillery where you'll have the chance to make your own mash and do a spirits run on a small pot still. You even get to take home what you make. There will also be various experts presenting on topics like legal compliance, distillery operations, equipment considerations, etc. The best part is, all attendees will automatically receive a Lifetime Access membership to DistilleryUniversity.com, so you can refer back to everything you learned at the Workshop, plus all the rest of the current and future content on the site. If anyone has any questions, you can reply to this thread or email me directly at rockwell@distilleryuniversity.com. Thanks! https://distilleryuniversity.com/hands-on-workshop/ Rockwell Rutter
  15. Hey distillers, please sign up for the webinar next week! There will be more to come in August. The American Craft Spirits Association present the first installment of our Education Webinar Series. The first few webinars of this series will be present for free to give you a taste of what’s to come. The topic: Barrel Exemptions The time: August 5th, 2015 at 3pm ET Please register for the webinar at:https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/regist…/3407696964974900226 Get to know all of the ins and outs of Barrel Exemptions with us! This presentation will cover the details of the TTB's barrel exemption to MAQs (maximum allowable quantities) in the distilling space. You will be able to submit questions throughout the webinar and they will be passed on to the presenter at the end of the session during the Q&A. Cheers and thanks, The ACSA Education Committee
  16. Hi all, I wanted to take this opportunity to let everyone know about the launch of Artisan Craft Distilling University, the only 100% online educational resource for people wanting to start their own distilleries. We've got over 22 hours of content that was filmed at an actual 5-day hands-on workshop, plus several interviews from actual distillers. Check it out if interested. Thanks! www.distilleryuniversity.com Rockwell Rutter
  17. I am the owner at Yellow Rose Distilling, Houston’s first legal whiskey distillery. After several years of planning, Yellow Rose is in the process of building a new distillery and tasting room, in the heart of Houston. We are well on their way, but it’s now time to install the equipment and setup the tasting room. These are very exciting times and we want you to be involved! Yellow Rose is using a cool program called Kickstarter (www.kickstarter.com) to help engage the local community and raise awareness of our brand. If you are not familiar with Kickstarter, it’s an online site that allows startup businesses to reward friends, customers and others with special amenities. In exchange, givers provide a donation to help the business complete a specified task. In the case of Yellow Rose, we are raising $25,000 to help with the build-out of the distillery and tasting room. In exchange, some really cool rewards are being offered. Example rewards include, whiskey barrels, maple syrup, whiskey barrel bar tables, special events, private parties, mixology classes and distillery training classes. There are some higher end rewards, that I hope many of you will find interesting and helpful. We are offering single day and week long learning experiences. We already have 4 Double Gold medal winning whiskeys, and many have asked if we already offer classes to learn the distilling, distribution, sales and marketing sides of owning a distillery. This is your opportunity to help a new distillery and learn more of the craft for yourself. This is the perfect opportunity for someone who is interested in starting their own distillery. The power of this campaign is in numbers. Even small donations and rewards add up quickly if we can get everyone on board! Kickstarter is unique because it is all or nothing! If we make our goal, we will get funded, but if we do not reach our goal, we get nothing. Please consider our request and help us get the word out about our campaign! At the conclusion of the Kickstarter we will be hosting a “go green” event celebrating the success and opening of our distillery. We hope you can join us, it will be a great time! Thanks for your support and time, Ryan Baird www.start.yellowrosedistilling.com
  18. Since so many distilleries are now offering distilling classes and these announcements tend to get cross posted to many of the forums, I have created a new forum called "Education". This is a unified location where all forum visitors can look or ask if they are offering or seeking educational opportunities. Posts about classes in any other forums will be moved here or deleted from all other forums.
  19. Kothe Distilling Technologies Fall 2011 Workshop Koval Distillery in Chicago is proud to host Kothe Distilling Technologies' three-day fall workshop from October 14th to 16th. The course covers both basic and advanced distilling techniques and the legal and business aspects of starting a distillery. It is not only tailored to prospective distillers, but also is of great benefit to liquor industry professionals who want to improve their knowledge of the craft distilling movement, understand the process of distilling, and hone their skills in tasting distilled spirits. During the workshop, participants will learn the entire process of starting a distillery from fruit selection, mashing, distillation, and packaging, to the legal and business aspects relevant to North America, including the federal Tax and Trade Bureau, certification and label approvals, location requirements, and state regulations. Students will also receive hands-on distilling experience on a custom Kothe still at Koval Distillery. A sensory seminar during the workshop will teach various sensory aspects of different types of alcohol, including eaux de vie, vodkas, whiskeys, grappas and liqueurs. Participants will sample many different products and learn to identify positive as well as negative aspects of distillates. Hosts Robert Birnecker and Sonat Birnecker Hart, founders of the award-winning Koval Distillery and the manufacturer's representatives for Kothe in the United States, will be giving personal insights into the practice of distilling and starting a distillery, and other lecturers will speak on their areas of expertise. The workshop will take place from Friday, October 14, through Sunday, October 16, at Koval Distillery at 5121 N. Ravenswood Ave., in Chicago, Illinois. Cost is $799. Please visit http://www.kothe-dis...ducts/workshops for more information and to sign up for the course.
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