Archive: Distillery

ROI on Distillery Conferences

    Another distillery conference season has come and gone. Distillers, weary from their travel across the country, are unpacking their conference tote bags filled with business cards and supplier goodies. The follow up vendor emails are slowing trickling in while the distillery owners dread their upcoming credit card bills. But for now, conference attendees reflect on everything they learned and have taken away from their adventures. The first quarter of the year contains some of the biggest craft distillery relevant conferences and expos including the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) Annual Distillers’ Convention & Vendor Trade Show, the American Distilling Institute’s (ADI) Annual Craft Spirits Conference and Vendor Expo, and the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) Convention […]

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Dream BIG & Reach For the Stars: Experts’ Advice Starting a Distillery

 Hey you there, with dreams of creating fine quality spirits. If you had access to experts in the craft distilling industry, what would you ask them? Whether your notion is a series of random sketches or actually a year or two into planning and development, we wanted to present some helpful insight for the start of your distillery. Our experts include: Dr. Jerry Avis, CEO of The Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD), a member-based global organization formed in 1886 and based in London. It provides qualifications, trainings and industry information for brewers and distillers. Assisting him is Matt Strickland, head distiller at Distillerie Côte des Saints in Mirabel, Québec and an IBD member and examiner. Matt Beamer, Head Distiller, […]

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Improvements In Brewery Chillers Provide Additional Efficiency And Reliability

When the craft brewing boom started really heating up, chiller manufacturers found themselves up against a newly revealed set of challenges, including being asked to manufacture brewery specific chiller units that would not only operate at lower than the standard chiller temperatures but do it consistently and reliably. Pro Refrigeration was on the forefront of that challenge, manufacturing their first brewery chiller system for a small brewpub in Seattle. From that day on, craft breweries are credited with pushing the developmental improvements and changes that companies like Pro Refrigeration have applied across their entire product lines in order to serve clients in a multitude of markets.  Pro Chiller Systems “Thirty years ago, chillers were basically morphed air conditioning systems built […]

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HOW DISTILLERIES CAN STAND OUT WITH LABELS AND GRAPHIC DESIGN

According to recent statistics, the number of craft distilleries has been increasing each year by 15 percent to 26 percent lately. With over 1,800 distilleries now scattered across the U.S., labels and graphic design have become important than ever before. High-quality and brand-relevant labels can help a spirit stand out on the crowded shelves of a liquor store and create a greater following. Fortunately, there are some highly experienced graphic design companies and label experts that specialize in these products to help guide distilleries towards the most stunning label options available. The Importance of Labels Labels serve various purposes for craft distilleries and can make a particular spirit look elegant, cheap, fun, or eco-friendly. Labels can also convey a sense […]

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Petition for a Writ Far-fetched? Nope!

  If a state regulatory agency with jurisdiction over the craft brew industry makes a decision that appears to be arbitrary and capricious, having a direct effect on your business, then, you have the right to petition a court for relief using a Writ of Administrative Mandamus. An unnecessarily fancy phrase meaning that a court of law reviews the administrative decision and decides if, under applicable law, the decision is not rational. Most times a writ is requested by an association or group of companies that are affected by the agency decision so that a positive result will affect many companies in the association or group. STATE ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCIES State administrative agencies with jurisdiction over the craft brew industry create […]

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Lots, Codes, and Life: Dating in the Beer Industry

  As the number of active breweries in the country exceeds 7000 and roars toward 8000, it’s more important than ever to consider one of the crucial facets of your packaged product: shelf life, and how to communicate it to your customer. It’s not just marketing; date lot coding and traceability is required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under the Bioterrorism Act of 2002. However, the exact method of recording date lot codes is ultimately up to each individual brewer, and there is a vast array of practices in the industry that can ensure that your customer knows how fresh your beer is, and that you’re in compliance with federal code at the same time. Why Is Date […]

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The Essence of FILTRATION

In the classic John Wayne film “The Quiet Man”, Irish lass Mary Kate Danaher asks the town’s local matchmaker, Michaeleen Óge Flynn, if he’d like a little water in his whiskey. “When I drink whiskey,” Flynn puffed out his chest, “I drink whiskey. When I drink water, I drink water.” Yet a wee drop or two of water to a dram of almost any finely-crafted spirit, especially whiskey, will enhance the flavor profile. Rewinding now, from glass to finishing, finishing to production and raw ingredients awaiting the boiler or still—water flows through every stage. For the majority of distillers, its quality can’t be controlled at the absolute source. Water also has a tendency to, well, grow things. These spoiler organisms […]

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Crafting Marijuana Policies? Managing Employees in the Wake of Legalized Marijuana

Marijuana legalization is on the rise and quickly expanding to all corners of the United States. Nearly 2/3 of the states have legalized marijuana for either recreational or medicinal use.  Currently, 11 states and the District of Columbia allow recreational marijuana, and an additional 22 states allow medical marijuana. These numbers are expected to grow over the next few years as the societal and political perspectives on cannabis continue to shift in favor of legalization. Despite this shift, marijuana still remains an illegal Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act – in direct contrast with legalized marijuana at the state level.  Although federal law is superior to state law, businesses must comply with both – even if federal […]

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SAKÉ: THE NEW FRONTIER IN CRAFT BEVERAGES

  Saké has been around for thousands of years, but few Americans are familiar with the drink that is deeply rooted in Japanese culture. That is changing, and it’s changing quickly. With U.S. consumers eager to experience alternative beverages and explore new flavors, saké is on the cusp of a revolution here at home. As imports of saké rise dramatically, local artisans and entrepreneurs are seeing an opportunity for a new niche in the craft beverage market: local saké production. Currently, there are about 20 saké breweries (Kura) in the U.S., including several that originated as American outposts of Japanese companies. These breweries span from California to Maine, from Texas to Minnesota. Wherever they are located, the owners and master […]

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Nelson-Jameson and 3M™: Driving the Fight Against Food Allergens

With industry demand calling for new innovations in allergen testing, Nelson-Jameson is proud to offer 3M Allergen Protein Rapid Test Kits. These kits are a qualitative immunochromatographic assay for rapid in-plant monitoring of specific food allergens, and are designed for accurate detection of processed and unprocessed allergen proteins. With results available in 10 to 12 minutes, these fast, easy tests can be used for clean-in-place (CIP) final rinse water, environmental swab samples, raw ingredients and finished food products. We currently have the following test kits available: Almond, Bovine Total Milk, Cashew, Coconut, Egg White, Fish, Gluten, Hazelnut, Peanut, Pecan, Pistachio, Soy, and Walnut. All test kits include 25 tests per kit. Nelson-Jameson also offers 3M’s line of Allergen Protein ELISA […]

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