Tasting rooms are great. You walk in, chat with the folks behind the counter (who seem almost always to be friendly) and have a chance to try a new spirit. What’s not to like? Well, in Washington one thing you might not have liked is that you’d be required to taste your sample straight. For… Read More Adulteration
I travel a fair amount for work. Not every day – and not even every week – but enough to maintain MVP status on my airline of choice (thanks, Alaska!). And while I can’t say exactly when the change occurred, I’ve noticed something different on flights over the past year or so. There’s a new… Read More Loopholes in the sky
It has been sunny and warmer here in Seattle for the past couple of days – a welcome respite from the prior 175 consecutive days in which when our temperature never reached 70 degrees. And with the sun one’s thoughts naturally turn to the cocktails of summer – starting of course with the classic gin… Read More Overproof
I’m occasionally sent links to odd alcohol-related stories from around the U.S. And this week I received just such a tip from a colleague in Portland, Oregon – a city with the phrase “Keep Portland Weird” emblazoned on many billboards, buildings and bumpers in the metro area. While the story didn’t happen in Portland itself, it… Read More I’m from the Government. I promise.
Last night, I happened to be lawyering (I’m pretty sure that is a verb) at an excellent local distillery. Yes, I do know how lucky I am. And after we completed the agenda for our meeting, we stood around the beautifully crafted wooden bar in the distillery’s tasting room and I happened to notice something that… Read More Changing the Game
[Originally Published in the Spring 2017 issue of Artisan Spirit] In the course of advising entrepreneurs, Hooch and otherwise, I regularly receive this objection when offering suggestions about how to maximize the value of a business. This conversation springs from my belief — odd as it may seem — that one guiding principle for decision-making in… Read More But I don’t Ever Intend to Sell!
Over the past several days, I attended the American Distilling Institute annual convention – held this year in Baltimore. As expected, it was an active several days – filled with opportunities to meet and chat with spirits companies from around the U.S. (and beyond); talk with vendors about the latest and greatest in distillation technology,… Read More The Promised Land of Consumer Demand