Old Spirit Sellers

Old Spirit Sellers

It can be difficult at times to fully appreciate exactly how much things have changed. I’m not talking about changes in our lifetime, but instead how things have changed from the way they were done a century or more ago. Take the simple act of buying a bottle of whiskey. These days, most states have dedicated stores for wine and spirits, with a few that can sell it in grocery stores. That’s not how it used to be.

Thanksgiving Cocktails

Thanksgiving Cocktails

Thanksgiving is upon us once more. Time to meet with family and friends and enjoy a magnificent feast with good company, as we take a moment to give thanks for the bounty this year has given us. Or it’s time to meet with family and friends out of a sense of obligation because if we skipped out we would be considered the a-hole, as we give thanks for every minute without any screaming or arguing – yea politics. No matter what the family situation is, having a few drinks is usually a good idea. Either it will make your time together more enjoyable, or tolerable enough until your Uber arrives to take you home. So, drink up and have a happy turkey day with these cocktails.

Craft Financing

Craft Financing

Starting any new business is a daunting task, and hats off to the brave souls that do. Every industry or business has its own set of challenges to overcome when starting up, but craft distilleries offer a few unique hurdles all their own. Most of these come down to one thing. Money.

Are Sunday Liquor Sales a Good Idea?

Are Sunday Liquor Sales a Good Idea?

Things change so often and so fast these days that it can be hard to notice it since that change has become omnipresent constant. Basically, we never get a chance to catch our breath and take a hard look back at where we were.

Must Attend Trade Shows of 2018

Must Attend Trade Shows of 2018

With 2018 winding up to be a big year for craft distillers, its time to start prepping for the conventions. Any distillery who has been doing this for a while knows how important these little get-togethers can be. This is where the best and the worst ideas (i.e., see the mistakes by the competition and avoid them) all come together for everyone to see.

5 Ways Distillery Software Simplifies Running a Craft Distillery

5 Ways Distillery Software Simplifies Running a Craft Distillery

Running a distillery is hard work, and it isn’t just in the physical labor side of things we are talking about here. The owner and managers are always on the move. There are the usual things like playing phone tag with vendors, staff meetings, meeting outgoing orders, reordering ingredients, bottles, and other raw materials. Then there are the wildcard days where you find out that part of the rackhouse’s roof is leaking, the company van decides to break down on the interstate, or a critical worker calls out with the flu on the worst possible day to call out on. Once all those fires are contained, it’s time to make sure all the paperwork is in order – assuming it wasn’t the paperwork that had to be done in the middle of said fires.

Distillery Tour Bucket List--Mackmyra Distillery

Distillery Tour Bucket List--Mackmyra Distillery

When it comes to making whiskey, there are several places you can mention which will automatically paint a vivid picture of how it is connected to whiskey production. The big ones that come to mind are Scotland, where we get Scotch. After that, we can imagine small town Kentucky and old-fashioned distilleries that used to be there. We can’t forget bootleggers in the various hills and mountains of Tennessee, Arkansas, or wherever a still could be hidden from revenuers. This isn’t even taking into consideration the new era of craft breweries that combine old style techniques and a modern spirit, like those all throughout Washington State. There are lots of places that can spring to mind.

Finding the Perfect Barrel for Hooch

Finding the Perfect Barrel for Hooch

When it comes to distilling, finding the perfect barrel to make your spirits is an easy journey to start, but not so easy to finish. It's like everything in this industry. There is and always will be the cheap and easy way to do things. We've seen liquor manufacturers put great effort into making the most significant amount of booze, for the lowest cost possible. And most of us have also had the misfortune of tasting those results, either from youthful inexperience before we understood how much quality matters, or just because it was there.

Best Craft Liquor Trade Show Giveaway

Best Craft Liquor Trade Show Giveaway

Trade shows are the time for a craft distillery to stand out and shine, and show the world why their brand of liquor is a cut above the rest. The only problem is that everyone else is also doing that, and chances are their product is also excellent – different, but every bit as good. This is when the cold hard gods of marketing need to be called on. Distilleries have to get their product noticed, or they aren’t going to make it. Chances are, you already have the samples ready to go, but there is still more to do.

Advantages of Distillery Software

Advantages of Distillery Software

Owning and operating a distillery requires a lot of working capital and resources, and not just in terms of money. It takes a good deal of time, along with a unique level of expertise, to make the liquor. Then it needs to be marketed and gotten to your vendors, which requires even more experts handling the business side of things. There are also a ton of rules and regulations a distillery must adhere to while doing all of this. Keeping track of it all is a daunting task.

Finding the Perfect Distillery Solution Supplier

Finding the Perfect Distillery Solution Supplier

One thing about the distillery industry is that nothing ever stays the same. As soon as a new bunch of politicians get elected, there comes the new and/or changed laws and regulations – usually right after we just got used to the old ones. There also seems to be a new trend popping up every other week, for better or worse. And new markets emerge along with other distilleries trying to do the same thing you are.

A Lesson in Rackhouse and Proof

A Lesson in Rackhouse and Proof

Most people go through life enjoying whatever products they use, without ever considering what it takes to make them, let alone make them good. It’s human nature. We have enough on our minds without wasting time wondering how they get the plastic straws wrapped up in their paper sheaths. Still, some things are more important than plastic straws and people should know how much work goes into making something amazing. And by something amazing, I mean craft whiskey and bourbon, or any worthwhile liquor.

Put a Lid on the Barrel Management Nightmare

Put a Lid on the Barrel Management Nightmare

For some craft distillers, finding a barrel in the warehouse is comparable to finding metaphorical homework your dog ate. Yes, you know you did it, but you have no clue where it is or even where to begin looking. In rows of literally hundreds upon hundreds of whiskey barrels, it’s like looking for one special needle in a pile of needles…