Archive: Distillery

Blue Ox Malthouse: A Conduit Between Communities

For Joel Alex, a maltster is a conduit between communities, a craft to its source, a farmer to a creator, a producer to a customer. As a homebrewing enthusiast with a background in environmental education and community development, Alex, founder of Blue Ox Malthouse in Lisbon Falls, Maine, became a change agent for agriculture in the Pine Tree State after a conversation at a farm potluck. “A craft brewer and I discussed the lack of local ingredients available in the industry due to lack of malting capacity. The light bulb went off! Somebody had to do this!” he told Beverage Master Magazine. “I had friends growing grains and other friends getting into milling grains and brewing beer. The idea just […]

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The New Face of Closures

Closures come in all shapes and sizes – shiny, matte, 3-D embossed, silkscreen, utilitarian, wood and plastic. Some are aluminum, decorated with digital printing and metalized with a coating in the color of your choice. Closures can define a brand and target demographic, boost shelf appeal and differentiate brands from one another. With recent innovations and a bevy of options, in today’s market packaging solutions are no longer an afterthought. Functionality matters Closures are a major, and functional, design feature of modern packaging. They protect the spirit from spillage and contamination and are designed to show any evidence of tampering, all while providing beverage producers with space for branding and advertising. Creating a unique closure system requires expertise and resources […]

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StilltheOne Distillery: Changing the Game in Small Batch Spirits

StilltheOne Distillery in Port Chester, New York is small craft distillery that is creating a big buzz in the Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Under the guidance of Albert Savarese, a creative and marketing-savvy entrepreneur, StilltheOne is not only introducing consumers to new and innovative products, but it is also collaborating with the local community to offer spirts that embrace the concept of farm-to-table and express the high quality of Hudson Valley grains. StilltheOne (STO) opened in 2009 as the first distillery in Westchester County since the introduction of Prohibition in 1920. Its then-owner named the distillery for his wife, who was “still the one.” Savarese, who had just come from a sales and marketing position […]

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Slàinte mhath! Canadian Whisky Distilleries to Check Out for Burns Night

Many of us rang in 2018 with the clinking of glasses and a verse or two of Auld Lang Syne. The familiar tune is one of the best-known works of Scottish poet Robert Burns, who in 2009 narrowly beat out William ‘Braveheart’ Wallace as the greatest Scot by the Scottish public. Every year on or around January 25, Robbie Burns Night is celebrated by many Scots to commemorate his life, poetry and the anniversary of his birth in 1759. With nearly 15% of Canadians – that’s more than 5 million – claiming Scottish descent, it’s no surprise that on Burns Night there are many wee drams of whisky poured. At Burns Night festivities, whether a small gathering of friends or […]

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Experimentation a Tool of the Trade for Craft Distillers

Uniqueness is a marketable skill in the craft distillery business. New and different additives – or ingredients – in the parlance of some distillers – enhance quality and bring in customers. Brian Meola, distiller at Revolution Spirits, a three-year-old craft distillery in Austin, Texas, for one, bristles at the mention of the word “additive” in connection with his craft. “We don’t use any flavor additives; when you say ‘additives’, it means things that are not natural ingredients. The terms refers to a flavor concentrate.” Meola talks of “ingredients” as the keys to his creations, which include a gin, coffee liqueur and amaro, a traditional Italian liqueur. “The use of botanicals in spirits is as old as spirits – coming from […]

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How to Choose the Right Pumps & Drives for Your Brewery

Certain pieces of equipment are essential to breweries of every shape and size, while others become more necessary as operations grow. Commercial brewers use various types of pumps, and an increasing number of breweries are incorporating drive technology into their beer production process as well. The Uses of Pumps in Breweries In the modern craft brewery, pumps a variety of purposes, and are essential to the brewing process, regardless of the size of the brewery. These devices raise, transfer, deliver and compress fluids with a suction side and a discharge side. Some pumps have a single purpose, while others perform a multitude of functions. Pumps transfer hot water into the top tier of the brewery and recirculate mash, as well […]

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Independent Distilling: Independent Barrel Aged Rum

Media Contact: Casey Teague Independent Distilling Co Decatur, Georgia 678-576-3804 |Casey@independentdistilling.com Independent Distilling: Independent Barrel Aged Rum   Decatur, Georgia – Made from premium table–grade molasses, Independent Barrel Aged Rum stands alone as a distinctive spirit. Our process begins with a long fermentation that is slowly distilled in our copper pot stills then aged in new and used oak barrels, resulting in a full–bodied rum. Savor the rich butterscotch and delicate honey notes with subtle fresh grassy aromas. The first sip begins with an oaky vanilla harmony that becomes floral and nutty. Then the finish lingers with oak spice, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cracked white pepper. “Creating a barrel aged Rum has always been our plan” said Owner/Distiller Michael Anderson. […]

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When the State Gives Lemons

With the passing of the 21st amendment, the prohibition of alcohol in the United States was officially repealed. Each state was given the power to regulate and control the distribution of alcohol within their borders. Today, every state handles the sales of alcohol a little differently, including setting limitations on what craft distilleries can do in their gift shops and tasting rooms. Some states are more “craft friendly” than others by allowing sampling, cocktail and bottle sales, direct distribution, paid tours, and other profitable options. However, every state imposes some restrictions. When the state imposes restrictions, how can distillers work within the laws to increase their bottom line? Florida Recently the state of Florida passed a bill to increase the […]

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How to reseed and launch with a distributor you didn’t choose

Wholesaler consolidation is happening across the country and can impact your business despite your perfectly formulated business plan, market strategy, pricing tactics and strong relationship; it’s realistic to receive news of your distributor selling to a neighbor. What can you do to ensure your new partner will deliver results? What steps do you need to take to implement a plan and have a smooth transition? The actions you deploy to reseed and launch with a new distributor you didn’t choose can help or hinder you. No two distributors — or brewers — are created equal. The partnership can yield poor results if vision, culture, rules of engagement and goals are not understood. The risks in this new partnership can be […]

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Buying vs. Leasing Depends on Business, Experts Say

Cash on the barrelhead is a must for Rusty Cox’s barrels, or whatever equipment he needs to run Davis Valley Distillery LLC in Rural Retreat, VA. “If you have money to buy, you don’t have to worry about lease payments; just go ahead and pay for the stuff and get it,” says Cox, who makes spirits, wine “or just about anything you need.” Cox is getting ready to buy a 300-gallon system from Paul Hall of Doniphan, MO-based Affordable Distillery Equipment LLC, which sells stills, fermenters, air compressors, pumps, tube kits and an array of other implements a distillery needs. There’s even a bit of bartering involved in some transactions with Hall, Cox says. “Paul sends people over here, and […]

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