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Hello from Moroni Utah

I don't run a Distillery but I have been interested in the aging or storing of alcoholic products.  My background has been in raising commercial turkeys.  Life happens, and I find myself with several LARGE, clean, insulated, and ventilated poultry barns that are now empty.  About 38,000 square feet total space.  These barns naturally maintain "cave" like, totally dark conditions all year around.  Modern computers and fans optimize conditions and can help maintain a target temp/humidity.

Would barns like this be helpful in aging alcohol?

What type of company or establishment would be interested in storing with us?

Where do I find out the regulations involved in getting set up?

Thanks for entertaining this thought with me

regards

Kyle Christensen

 

 

 

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It's possible these barns could be converted to barrel storage. It's more likely someone using them for that purpose would want to have temperature control turned off as temperature swings are part of the maturation process.

You should probably start by looking for distilleries in your immediate area. If you can find one that is interested, they will likely be able to handle the regulatory compliance as a non-contiguous expansion of their distillery premises.

You could also start your own distillery and offer storage service to others. Then it would be a matter of transferring barrels in bond. Visit ttb.gov to learn about all of the exciting regulations involved in this business.

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Your state laws and zoning may have some impact. In Oregon, spirit storage & distilleries do not count by default as an agricultural usage for land permitting & zoning purposes and would require getting an exemption through local government. 

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On 1/13/2023 at 1:22 PM, JustAndy said:

Your state laws and zoning may have some impact. In Oregon, spirit storage & distilleries do not count by default as an agricultural usage for land permitting & zoning purposes and would require getting an exemption through local government. 

Yes be wary of this you may lose your ag tax exempt tax classification.  The Assessor hit me with this when I got my "Farm Distillery" liscence in WV and tried to classify my entire farm as a commercial property.  I had to separate out an acre parcel as commercial to keep ag status on the rest of the farm.

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Thanks for the replies.  Probably my biggest burning question is how do I find interested parties to store barrels in my barn?  I don't know of any distilleries of any size near me.  Do I just knock on the front door of Jack Daniels or some other alcohol establishment?  How do I get connected with people who would have a need for this service?

Again thanks for reading this

Kyle Christensen

Moroni, Utah

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