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  1. Hi everyone! I'm looking for a few distillers/owners to have a quick call with me for a research project I'm working on to better help craft makers with marketing when they're first getting started. No sales pitch at all - just looking to learn about your challenges, frustrations, and wins (or lack of doing anything at all!) when it comes to marketing so I can help others have more wins and fewer challenges and frustrations in the future! If you're brand spankin' new and haven't even started thinking about marketing seriously yet I'd love to hear your thoughts as well! As a thank you you'll get free access to the final output (tool/cheatsheet/online course/etc...) when the research is complete. As a sign of goodwill and to show I really will provide value in return for this, here's our existing mini-course on using hashtags to grow your audience you can access for free now. We can likely keep it to 30 minutes or less unless we get chatty Who's game?! I'll work around your schedule, of course. Comment below or email me directly at suzanne@thecraftycask.com. Thanks a million for helping me better help friends like you succeed!
  2. We have our final inspection this week and hopefully will have all ducks in a row and can be distilling within the month. We hope to be an active member of this forum.
  3. Hi all, I am new to the forum and there seems to be a wealth of information on the site. I have started several businesses and am quite excited to start a craft distillery. I am originally from Florida, but in Chicago for the summer. Is there anyone in the Chicago area that needs help working on the weekend? Jay
  4. Good evening, Wow am I glad I came across this site! I could ask a million questions right off the bat, I can't wait to go through the forums and absorb. My business partner and I have been friends for several years and are on our fire department together. About me - I've owned several businesses, when we started looking at this it really started to appeal to me. I'm excited to dive in here!
  5. Hello from the smallest state in the union! Sorry I forgot to introduce myself, been so busy doing paperwork and build out etc that I have already made a few posts before my intro. Thanks to everyone being so helpful thus far answering my questions. Basically I've been doing some home brewing for a while and some legal distilling, using an alternate fuel permit all on the up and up. FYI anyone interested in trying to learn on a small scale legally before venturing into a larger scale you can apply for a DSP to distill at home but your permit would be for alternate fuel permit. what this means is that whatever you distill has to be denatured, it cannot be used for personal consumption or sold. Permitting process is similar but much easier, much less paperwork/questions to answer etc. Currently we are about to submit our DSP Beverage application and hope that everything is filled in accordingly and we get our permit sooner rather than later. I'll post when we submit and when we receive. Cheers
  6. Hi everyone! First off, thanks to everyone who shares their knowledge on these forums. I've been reading them for a long time, and I'm excited to be starting down the road to becoming a distiller myself in the coming year. My name is Jon, and I'm building a plan for a small scale brandy distillery here in Ontario. Will be a part-time endeavor at the start, and I've had the chance to work with a local distillery for some time to get an understanding of all the joys of distilling in Ontario, and travel North America through my 'day job' and meet and work with other distillers in the US and Canada as well. I'm really interested in traditional, pot-still distillation for both brandy and whiskey, and I feel it's worth the extra effort. I'm of the mind that if I start small, and work to build a brand and following, I can make Ontario brandy successful, and produce some other fun products along the way that people get excited about. Looking forward to being a part of this community, and one day sharing some of the knowledge I pick up along the way. I know it will be a long, difficult, frustrating, expensive, not particularly profitable journey. But it's mine, and I can't wait to take it!
  7. Hello all! Thanks for letting me join. I'm excited to be a part of the group!
  8. Hello All! I am going to be running a contract run out of an associates distillery. Now my big question is if I am going to be selling the spirits in another state outside of the state of production, are there any snafu's? Also if I wanted to sell on a military base does anyone know about that process? Thanks!!
  9. Hello, y'all I'm going for it, and I need y'all to try to talk me out of it. Just kidding, sort of. I've been putting together a business plan (which for me consists of staring at a computer screen for and hour and then typing one sentence) to start an artisan distillery. I am currently in the throws of making some big decisions regarding the operation, and this forum is priceless for helping me put these decisions into perspective. My first thought, being a novice business owner with little capital to invest, was to start as small as possible. I originally wanted to rent a small warehouse and produce 3 to 4 really good, simple products. Then I get on this site and read all the kudos for tasting rooms and now I'm rethinking everything. I then had the idea that, if I opened an establishment that served local spirits (I live in Colorado, and would feature all-Colorado beverages) I might be able to turn a profit while I waited for the TTB, etc. Then I thought "ow". My brain started to hurt from all of the conflicting calculations and permutations of visions. So now I'm back to the simple warehouse o' liquor idea. Thing is, I also think I eventually want a tasting room of some sort. I'm a musician (banjo, fiddle, and guitar player..and I'm missing a few teeth...kind of makes me a natural for this business, I think) and I plan to incorporate music into most every aspect of my business, from marketing to having dag-gum square dances in the tasting room (when I get one). So all of this comes in to the mix. Brain dump done. So I'm feeling kind of stuck right now. I'm thinking that my next step is to hire a mentor/advisor from one of the many who have posted here. I welcome any and all advice y'all have regarding...well....anything to do with opening a craft distillery. Mostly I need the warnings, which is what I meant by y'all talking me out of it. As many heads up of dangers as you can give me, I'd appreciate. Also, if folks here could recommend a good consultant to hire, that would probably be the thing I need to get my direction back. (Professional consultants don't go recommending yourself, now...I wanna hear it from those who have used your services). Thanks in advance for all future advice and thanks in retrospect for all the info I've already gotten.
  10. Hello, my name is Marcus and I currently live in new mexico but will be relocating to the pacific northwest this summer. I have little experience in distilling but am eager to learn and looking to work within the field in the near future. Relieved to have found ADI and welcome any insight members have to offer.
  11. I've just stated researching the vodka distillation process and am familiar with basic distillation but was wanting to learn a bit more in depth on how it works. According to wiki ( Vodka may be distilled from any starch- or sugar-rich plant matter; most vodka today is produced from grains such as sorghum, corn,rye or wheat.) Now after finding a chart covering many of these things http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheat#Commercial_use (Half way down the page)It states that most of them have little or no sugar content. So in conclusion I've come to the assumption that the sugar needed to produce alcohol actually comes from the carbohydrate component.Is this correct?Can someone please help me thanks.
  12. Hi folks ... Much more to come from us, but we wanted to pop in and say 'hello' from Galena, Illinois! We're well on our way to opening our distillery in early 2013, and we look forward to meeting many of you along this journey. Neither chemical engineering experts nor outright newbies to the field, we share the fierce desire to create quality products, learn from all of you, and share the knowledge we pick up along the way. Here we go ....! Regards, Matt & Mike Blaum
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