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  1. Would be interested in 4 of the bubble plate assemblies

  2. We get ours from all American containers contact Denise at dsztroin@allamericancontainers.com
  3. The guidance put out by the TTB specifically states that if undenatured alcohol is used, it is still subject to excise tax. My question is there an easy way to change it to denatured alcohol to save the excise tax? Not a huge expense, but as we will be donating the product to our local first responders, every bit of savings on the bottom line helps. Also, any ideas how to account for this on the monthly TTB reports?
  4. We have been approached by a regional celebrity to create a private label Bourbon/Whiskey for their use. As we are a startup, our Bourbon is still a few years away from maturity. Therefore we are looking to source some Aged product to use for this opportunity. If you have aged product available, please contact me so that we can move forward on this opportunity. Tim.
  5. I highly recommend Wright global graphics. They have made some awesome labels fo our 40 winks whiskey, RFD Vodka, and our rum. Eddie is a wizard with any design idea.
  6. Don’t bother renting a shipping container. You can buy one for under $1800. We store in a 40 ft and I know of At least 5 others that do the same.
  7. To all, regardless of how hard you search and what advice you get from attorneys, there is no way to prevent trademark bullying from a marginally close big name company. We searched our name Grant View Distillery and were advised by attorneys that there would be no issue in registering. The trademark office reviewed the filing and allowed us to continue the registration as I they did not see a conflict. The name had quite a significance to us and the community as we live work and distill on a hill named “Grant View Heights” as it overlooked the former Camp Grant military base. On the last day of publication, Grant’s distillery from Scotland owners of , Grant's, The Balvenie, Kininvie, Monkey Shoulder, Aerstone, Clan MacGregor, House of Hazelwood, The Gordon Highlanders, Tullamore Dew, Hendrick's, Reyka, Sailor Jerry, Old Vatted Demerara, Woods Old Navy, Vat 19, Gibson’s Finest, Taboo, Montelobos, Milagro, Drambuie, Solerno, Ancho Reyes, Ancho Verde, Three Barrels, The Raynal, and Art In the Age Craft Spirits, asked for an extension and eventually filed an opposition based on their “Grant’s Elementary” trademarked Scotch. As discussions progressed our attorneys all said they had a weak case as there was already a Glen Grant trademark and an unregistered Samuel Grant Bourbon (bottom shelf Safeway brand made by Barton 1792). The consensus was that we would be almost guaranteed to win but expect to spend $50,000+ in the fight as they were just trying to strengthen their mark and as a startup, we were an easy target. As a startup, I have other things I would rather spend money on (like some SS fermenters & a chiller) We proposed to change our name to GrantView (one word). They initially agreed as long as we did not register the mark and limit our capacity to 100,000 gallons (definition of Craft in Illinois). We drug or feet for a bit and now they want us to change our name to GrandView (one word) Limit our production, and submit every future label for their review. Along the way we also had a graphic artist design a tree logo based on a huge Walnut tree on our property. They also threw in that they now wanted us to loose the logo no matter what our future name is as the boxes they ship their product in have an unregistered “Grant’s family tree” logo on them (totally different from our tree” Bottom line, as they have a virtually unlimited budget, I am being forced to change our name and loose a significant historical connection that is of great value to our community. I guess that because they have an unlimited budget, my only real recourse in this all is to ask all of you as Craft Distillers to join me in Boycotting all their Products because of their bulling tactics.
  8. In our experience it is all dependent on the ttb agent assigned. We submitted 2 a day apart 3 months ago. They were assigned to two different officers. The second one was approved in 8 days. The first one sat idle for 30 days till we we made an inquiry. It was approved the next day. Tim
  9. Rob, Thanks for the complement. Good luck with your upgrade and we look forward to trying to create the great spirits we know the still is capable of. Tim
  10. Thanks Paul, we purchased the still and sent you an email regarding rewireing the control panel. Tim
  11. PAUL, I tried to send you a PM, but get a message you are unable to receive them. please contact me at tim.ford@gvdistillery.com. Interested in SS Transfer tanks and quote on a still. Tim
  12. Looking to buy a small quantity of recently dumped Rum Barrels.
  13. Interested in samples please email Tim.ford@gvdistillery.com
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