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  1. I think it had more to do with estimating remaining volume of bottles on the shelf relative to the prior count (for reporting purposes) -- probably easier as a fraction of a 1L than a fraction of 0.75L, and also easier if you don't have a mix of different sizes? I've talked to a few bartenders who say they prefer the 1L... of course there are plenty of 750mL bottles on hand. But the question is whether it fits on the shelf. If it's too tall, that's obviously a problem, which I've been told is a surprisingly common problem with even major vodka brands that insist on scaling up their 750mL to
  2. Where's the "facepalm" smiley when you need it?
  3. ...and it's easier to take manually inventory on 1L for sales tax reporting.
  4. I have deleted the initial post to protect the poster, but leave the rest of the thread as this is good info for anyone trying to raise money... -Admin Here is something you might find informative: there is currently a prohibition against general solicitation of an investment offering. What you just did (announce to the world that you're looking for investment funding) -- and this is something I have seen others UNWISELY do -- is unfortunately considered "general solicitation". As a result, should you ever find an investor, and that investor gets cold feet down the road, he/she could be ent
  5. A little late to the party here, but over the last couple days did a little playing around with some gins. To answer the question, it depends on the drink. Typically, I'll reach for a London Dry style. I'm a big fan of Junipero. I like Bluecoat if for no other reason than (to me) it seems almost identical to Bombay Saphire, another favorite. I recently picked up a bottle of Tru Gin. This one is soooo bizarre, I have trouble calling it a gin, as the juniper is so lost in the other spicy botanicals. Definitely not for the martini. But my business partner came up with one of the most d
  6. You might also look into this list: http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Business+and+Industry-p1+Food+and+beverage+industries In particular, you'll find all sorts of articles and stats from Beverage Dynamics.
  7. Ahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Oh, how I'm going to share that video.
  8. P.S. Wow. Clearly we're running out of things to wikipedia now that there are entire pages of erudition dedicated to topics like "leftovers" and "form takeout container" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foam_takeout_container).
  9. As said, the Intent To Use filing is what you want. And even if you don't get up and running as quickly as you think you will, you can also file for an extension of the time to keep the mark. Also as suggested, you can (should) do your own search for potentially competing marks before you file, but here's just one thing to look out for (there are many pitfalls, but here's one): Even though you may not find a similar mark in the same class of goods (spirits), you need to look for similar marks in classes that may be related to spirits. For example, if there is a brewery or winery using a
  10. I seem to recall The Macallan Cask Strength having a similarly dark color, also Highland Park 25... Sounds interesting if you're an Islay lover. Let us know your thoughts when it arrives and you get a chance to taste it!! As for the price, for a 10-year rare, well-rated bottling, it doesn't seem too out of wack. That is, if you're "The 1%".
  11. I agree with Cheryl, Beam is certainly not dumb!! Given the big upswing in Irish whiskey sales, this news doesn't surprise me. I wonder if the EU would even let Pernod-Ricard buy Cooley, since they already own most of the big non-Cooley brands as it is... Jameson, Paddy and Powers. P.S. As long they keep up production on Connemara, it's all good. Me likey...
  12. True... I can think of at least one better alternative, Scott. All good points... thanks...
  13. This is an interesting discussion! But if a bar can buy a few cases of NGS (Everclear), charcoal filter it, infuse it, and sell it by the glass to their customers at a high profit margin, wouldn't they be less interested in stocking your concoctions? But then again, why would they need to go that far? They know what they're in business for -- to be a popular bar, not a producer. Given the capabilities I described above, that should suit their purposes just fine, and with better profit margins and less oversight/regulation too! I wonder if we're going to start seeing "infusion bars" op
  14. Same problems here -- only with the Gin forum it seems. To restate the problems: When I click on the name of the forum (Gin), no topics show up and I get this message: "No topics were found. This is either because there are no topics in this forum, or the topics are older than the current age cut-off. " Whatever this current age cutoff is, it can't be more than a day! When I click on the most recent topic in the Gin forum, I get the same message as ViolentBlue: "[#10340] You do not have permission to view this topic."
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