Regular readers will know that I’ve several times mentioned the fight to reduce federal excise taxes on small spirits producers. That fight continues, and with the recent withdrawal before passage (before a vote, actually) of the American Healthcare Act of 2017, the Trump administration has indicated that it will next turn its attention to tax… Read More Fighting the good fight
As a young couple in central Florida, my eventual wife and I engaged in a somewhat unusual form of courtship. We spent a lot of time fishing – with her mother. There was live bait involved. As I said, it was unusual. Much of the time fishing was spent on a pier in the very small (and perpetually… Read More Blew out my flip flop
As regular readers (or anyone involved in distilling anything that needs to be aged) already know, the hooch business has a bit of a cash-flow problem. Startup costs are substantial. And once you’ve paid for that shiny copper behemoth, as well as the raw materials for your product, you have the pleasure of sitting it… Read More Trouble in Tasmania
One of the fun things about talking with smaller companies in the spirits industry is that they’re often very open. It is a very welcoming community – filled with individuals who, in most part, like to share what they’re doing and how they’re doing it. Take, for example, Westland Distillery’s Matt Hoffman. If you attend a… Read More Psst. Can you keep a secret?
A couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to take the exam for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Level 2 Award in Spirits. The exam followed a two-day intensive class that involved a pretty significant amount of hooch-geekery. We studied the methods of production for different types of booze. We fretted over things like the subtle (and occasionally… Read More Passing the Test
At the American Craft Spirits Association annual convention this past week, I had the pleasure of attending a presentation by senior TTB staffers. The presentation included discussion of current regulatory initiatives, including the long-awaited open comment period where the public will have the opportunity to weigh in on potential changes to the existing federal rules… Read More Limbo
I’m in Nashville this week, attending the annual convention of the American Craft Spirits Association. It is a great event, filled with informative classes, a plethora of booths for vendors to peddle their wares, and tasting events in the evening. Not surprisingly, one of biggest draws in the event was the town hall meeting, where… Read More Agony of de-FET