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Post by manu de hanoi » Fri Nov 28, 2008 12:20 pm

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symmetric mountain is symmetric. You draw this using a vector imaging tool ? Some printing house require the vector format. Anyways it's very convenient.

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Post by blind drunk » Fri Nov 28, 2008 2:23 pm

Just noticed this thread and wanted to wish you all the best. Small is in and I'm sure you'll do well. Agri tourism is big everywhere and the folks like seeking out artisans who live the life they want and follow their passion. We have a couple of cheese makers, bakers, wine yards etc and people flock. Can you sell direct to the public? Whatever the case, great success to you.

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Post by MountedGoat » Sun Dec 21, 2008 1:10 pm

Any news Uncle Jessie? How about a website update? Looking forward to your rum coming out when it does!
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Post by blind drunk » Sun Dec 21, 2008 3:44 pm

This may be already posted, but if not I Googled and found this. I'm going to California and would love to visit.

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Post by Virginia Gentleman » Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:27 am

Hey fellas, been a long time since I've been on the boards. Afraid my job has kept me from the boards and from stilling. But just fired things back up with a fresh 15 gal. wash and making a new year's resolution to get back on with it and to be on this forum more often. Have sure missed it and discussing the art with y'all.

Jesse, cograts on your progress with the distillery. Sounds like you're fully licensed and under production. Have you started selling your product yet?

And another question for you or others who have researched this: can a distillery and a brewery (or winery for that matter) operate on the same premises? Think I might have read that they cannot.

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Post by Big J » Tue Dec 23, 2008 11:57 pm

Virginia Gentleman wrote: And another question for you or others who have researched this: can a distillery and a brewery (or winery for that matter) operate on the same premises? Think I might have read that they cannot.
It is possible under an 'alternating proprietorship' arrangement. Anchor does it. Rogue also has a distillery, not sure if it is on the same site as their brewery.

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Post by Virginia Gentleman » Wed Dec 24, 2008 2:27 am

Thanks Big J. Yeah I forgot that Anchor makes a Rye Whiskey as well.

More info here, although it doesn't make it clear whether you can have a brewery and DSP at the same location:

http://www.ttb.gov/beer/alternating_prop.shtml
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Post by glassman » Wed Dec 24, 2008 5:15 am

i believe you can but it is a state by state issue. where i am is a 3 tier state. i'd have to sell my booze to a state abc and buy it back to sell for tasting if it was allowed. this is why it takes a long time to get licenced......lots of research and lots of paperwork and a bit of $$. gman

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Post by Virginia Gentleman » Thu Dec 25, 2008 2:12 am

Yeah, I know one of the distilleries nearby in VA can't offer tastings. Lots of deep regulation for sure.
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Post by playswithknives » Sat Jan 03, 2009 3:50 pm

Just an idea -
Dry Fly Distilling in Spokane is giving classes on how to do the micro-distillery thing for a pretty penny - If you were to recruit an experienced schoolteacher to put together a lesson plan and coach you a bit on how to deliver it, you could perhaps fill a few gaps in your budget.

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Post by Virginia Gentleman » Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:11 am

For those interested, more info on alternating proprietorship and running a distillery and brewery/winery under the same roof:

Federal regulations also allow another kind of "alternation" -- where a proprietor uses a single facility for its own operations under multiple classes of licenses. For example, in order to de-alcoholize wine or produce distilled spirits at your winery or brewery, additional licenses and permits are required. Instead of incurring the cost and inconvenience of establishing completely separate premises for these operations, you can alternate the use of your existing plant's floor space, tanks, and personnel for greater efficiency.

Sourece: http://www.csa-compliance.com/html/Prod ... ating.html
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Post by goinbroke2 » Thu Feb 12, 2009 8:33 am

I'm doing a feasability study right now on opening a micro-distillery in Nova Scotia Canada. WOW! Talk about a mountain of paperwork and no clear answers! :evil: I joined ADI (american Distiller Institute) and am trying to research how to obtain bottles/distribution/laws regarding labels/etc. Holy crap there is a lot to it. It's not even that I consider myself a "pro" per se, just that I really enjoy it and now have 25years in the army and am considering retiring. There are two other distilleries in the maritimes. One is "Salty Dog" in PEI which I have not received any feedback from and "WineGarden Estates" in New Brunswick who I will be contacting next.

I think it's a real uphill battle here. From the Winegarden "history" section;
"Originally from Endingen, Germany, Werner and Roswitha Rosswog and their family emigrated to the Baie Verte area in 1983. The Rosswogs brought with them a long family history in the distillery business. Werner quickly found out he was breaking totally new ground. Since there were no laws in place for private distilleries and he had to abide by the same rules as the big manufacturers - pay the same licensing fees, utilize the same distribution channels and be subjected to the same mark-up. This meant extremely large start-up costs, hefty annual fees and very small profit margins."

And this was in 1983! There is even more bad news.

"Unfortunately, there are not only positive reports to present. A Federal Excise audit in 2003, ordered that
service fees for co-operative partners have to be included in our store sales. As a result, the threshold
limit for Excise duty was exceeded for Winegarden since co-operative service and on-site sales were
suddenly combined, in contrast to store sales only in previous years.
Our innovations and the provincial efforts to grow an industry, as we interpret the situation, were therefore
penalized. As a result, additional investments at Winegarden have been placed on hold. Political support
from the “Liberal” MP’s of New Brunswick has not occurred."

So now what?? The last update is 2007. I'm hoping that NS isn't as backasswards as the rest of the maritimes but since moving here from New Brunswick 2 years ago I've found in general this place is about 10 years behind.....crap....

It's really true, making it is the easy part....
Numerous 57L kegs, some propane, one 220v electric with stilldragon controller. Keggle for all-Grain, two pot still tops for whisky, a 3" reflux with deflag for vodka. Coming up, a 4" perf plate column. Life is short, make whisky and drag race!

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Post by Dnderhead » Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:58 am

I believe that Uncle Jesse has already lade claim to that name you need to fiend another.

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Post by goinbroke2 » Fri Jun 12, 2009 7:21 pm

Dnderhead wrote:I believe that Uncle Jesse has already lade claim to that name you need to fiend another.
You talking to me?? What name?
Numerous 57L kegs, some propane, one 220v electric with stilldragon controller. Keggle for all-Grain, two pot still tops for whisky, a 3" reflux with deflag for vodka. Coming up, a 4" perf plate column. Life is short, make whisky and drag race!

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Post by HookLine » Fri Jun 12, 2009 8:01 pm

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Post by SlurryWort » Tue Jun 16, 2009 9:38 am

Hey,
Which law firm did you use to file the paperwork, or did you do this yourself?
Thanks for letting me know.
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Post by Boxman » Fri Jul 17, 2009 3:56 am

One thing about whiskey, you have to let it age a while before you can see a cash flow. there are quite a few companies making legal shine that do well. I am sure you have read some articals about our countries favorite beverages of the past. Maybe you can make a variety of spirts to generate some immediate cash flow. Make sure you make something for the ladies.

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Post by fatbloke » Sun Aug 16, 2009 11:17 am

Been a while since I've been here (never enough time to do everything you enjoy is there.....)

Well done Jesse, it looks like all you and your business partners efforts have finally bourne fruit. The website is starting to look good as well.

Whether the likes of me will ever be in a position to taste your products ? well, I can but hope......

I thought that the label design looked good, if a little "soviet bloc era" in style (sorry to sound critical, but change the man carrying the barrel so he has Lenins head and bingo.....).

Have you thought of running vodka, or gin ? both of which seem to be popular globally. you might even be able to produce neutral spirit and use commercial flavourings ?????? that would, surely, get you along further with saleable products, quicker ???

anyway, again, well done to all involved, your perseverance is an example to us all, given that with such businesses there are such huge bureaucratic hurdles placed in the way of the newcomer.....

I can only dream, that one day, I might be in a similar position...

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Post by I-GOR » Thu Aug 20, 2009 1:55 pm

Boxman wrote:One thing about whiskey, you have to let it age a while before you can see a cash flow. there are quite a few companies making legal shine that do well. I am sure you have read some articals about our countries favorite beverages of the past. Maybe you can make a variety of spirts to generate some immediate cash flow. Make sure you make something for the ladies.
Right now Dry Fly is making a killing on $30 bottles of gin and vodka while they age their malt whiskey. They can't make it fast enough! I've never tasted their product (It's gotta be a special occasion for me to spend $30 bucks on a bottle, and I had to take a big pay cut to stay employed) but probably it can hold it's own. Anyway, it's been said that an inferior product with excellent marketing will far and away outsell an excellent product with inferior marketing. Dry Fly said their greatest efforts went into marketing.

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Post by Bohunk » Thu Sep 17, 2009 4:54 am

Well after a full year of paper work, yesterday was payday!! I had a “show cause” hearing before the Nebraska State Liquor Commission, and was finally granted my state permit. I have had the federal TTB permit for several months, but this being the first permit issued in this state, it required everyone involved to feel their way along the licensing path.
Now, we can finally start making some product.
We hope every one in our area, who interested will take the time to stop by and visit with us. Whewwwwwwwwww what a relief to have finally gotten to the top of this pile.

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Post by Husker » Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:32 am

Great news. I have enjoyed following your journey Bohunk. I will get up there when I have a chance.

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Post by Tater » Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:34 am

congrats
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Post by rad14701 » Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:37 am

That's great news, Bohunk... And being the first through the process is a worthy distinction... You're the flagship for the entire state...

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Post by goinbroke2 » Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:41 am

CONGRATS!!
I hope you do well in your endevours.
Numerous 57L kegs, some propane, one 220v electric with stilldragon controller. Keggle for all-Grain, two pot still tops for whisky, a 3" reflux with deflag for vodka. Coming up, a 4" perf plate column. Life is short, make whisky and drag race!

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Post by Rotgut » Thu Sep 17, 2009 8:14 pm

Bohunk wrote:Well after a full year of paper work, yesterday was payday!! I had a “show cause” hearing before the Nebraska State Liquor Commission, and was finally granted my state permit. I have had the federal TTB permit for several months, but this being the first permit issued in this state, it required everyone involved to feel their way along the licensing path.
Now, we can finally start making some product.
We hope every one in our area, who interested will take the time to stop by and visit with us. Whewwwwwwwwww what a relief to have finally gotten to the top of this pile.

The Bohunk
Where are you located? I am from Omaha and would be interested in stopping by sometime.

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Post by Barney Fife » Fri Sep 18, 2009 6:55 am

Well done and congratulations! But! You do realize you've just ruined a perfectly good hobby for yourself, right? :wink:

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Post by Bohunk » Fri Sep 18, 2009 8:04 am

Guys, thanks for all the congrats. Rotgut, I PM'd you with contact info, your always welcome, love to talk "shine" with any one. Ya Barney, I have lost a great hobby, the TTB keeps such close watch on a guy, it's hard to mix up something new to expermint with, but I'll not stop looking over the forum to see what you folks are cooking up new.

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Post by Big J » Fri Sep 18, 2009 3:52 pm

Congrats Bohunk! I know how good it feels to have successfully navigated the TTB's mountains of paperwork. Looking forward to hearing about your products. Good luck!

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Bohunk wrote:Well after a full year of paper work, yesterday was payday!! I had a “show cause” hearing before the Nebraska State Liquor Commission, and was finally granted my state permit. I have had the federal TTB permit for several months, but this being the first permit issued in this state, it required everyone involved to feel their way along the licensing path.
Now, we can finally start making some product.
We hope every one in our area, who interested will take the time to stop by and visit with us. Whewwwwwwwwww what a relief to have finally gotten to the top of this pile.

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Post by backwoodsVAboy » Sun Nov 29, 2009 11:34 pm

hey congrats fellas! love those pics to! nice setup ya got there :esurprised: :ebiggrin:

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