Craft Distillery Tours – The Definitive Source for Distillery Tour information
Understanding the Craft Distillery Movement in the US
What is going on and why is it happening. Some brief background; in the United States the distillation, manufacturing, and sale of distilled beverages is controlled by the federal government as well as state governments. The byproduct of distilling fermented organic components is ethanol – which is classified as a drug and we commonly call it alcohol. The overseeing Federal Government agency responsible for alcohol is the The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau or refereed to as the TTB. The TTB is also responsible for collecting tax on all alcohol produced which includes overseeing alcohol producers (Distilleries) so they are measuring correctly for Alcohol by Volume (ABV) In addition the Federal government must approve applications to open a distillery, product labels, and product formulas. State and local governments further regulate who can distill, where they can distill, who can sell alcohol products to retailers, and who can be a retailer. Retailers, meaning the final seller to the customer is further divided to packaged goods sellers and those who pour drinks for onsite consumption.
So all of this is highly regulated, and there is licensing and taxation in all tiers of the chain from Distiller to Consumer. Just ask a recently licensed distiller about all this and you will be amazed at the difficulty! So, what changed? A lot!
Craft Distilleries and Micro Distilleries are being allowed to open
Recently state laws have changed, most for the first time since Prohibition. State and local governments are allowing small distilleries to open under new laws that in general limit a distilleries production. License fees have been lowered for smaller distillers making it feasible to open a limited production distillery. Many states have recognized that allowing distillers to open has a positive effect on the economy. Product is made and sold, crops are utilized, distillery tours are given, and thus tourism is given a boost in some cases. Looking state-by-state the laws vary considerably, some allow a distiller just to distill and sell wholesale to retailers, some allow distillery tours while others do not. What states regulate may include any or all of the following; annual distillery production, allowing the public into the distillery, having a tasting room, if and how much of a sample a visitor can receive, if they have to pay for the sample, and if the distillery can sell bottles of finished product and how many. Some of the most relaxed states allow a distillery to operate much like a bar thus some distilleries offer more than just their own product with some even serving food.
Almost every state has a different law so if you visited every distillery in the country, as you went from state to state you would have a different experience. On top of this Craft Distillers may operate within their state law but do business in different ways. For example many distilleries are located in states that allow visitors and tastings however the distiller may choose not to offer this. The bottom line is do not expect the same experience in New York, Washington, and Colorado.
What is Craft Distillery Tours all about?
Our goal is to do the research for you about a few things, namely list all the Craft Distilleries in the US and Canada. These are also called micro-distilleries or just distilleries. Since there are often dozens of new distilleries opening each month we keep very busy researching them and posting about them. What we don’t generally do is list the really large commercial distilleries – that is not what we are here to do. We tend to favor smaller distilleries but do include some of the larger distilleries across the country that offer exceptional tours such as Jack Daniels in case you want to visit, and you should. We really strive to find you the new places and unique distilleries where you will have a true Craft Distillery Tour experience. Using interactive maps you can also use our site to plan a tour of several distilleries or just work your way across the country!
In additional we also visit distilleries ourselves not only to enjoy but to report back to you about the experience. Beginning soon we will have articles posted on the distilleries we are or have already visited. We are always keeping an eye out for distilleries about to open and their progress. We see craft distilleries as an excellent new small business opportunity in the US and want encourage those who are opening them. We absolutely love the idea of people being able to meet and know a local distiller, know what’s going into their products, and even better spend some time socializing at the distillery. What could be better?
We especially want to share and promote the idea of holding events at distilleries, some are incredible venues and very suitable for private functions, meetings, parties, weddings, bachelor parties and more.
Reviews – Of course we allow reviews on our site. Just create a log-in and share your experience. Others would like to know!
Resources for distillers – yes, we are here to help. You will find our main goal is to share your story with our readers. Make sure we have your most up to day information about your Distillery Tours. Claim your listing, email us about events, and interact on social media. If our readers are interested we will help you get the word out. Don’t forget also that some of your customers don’t live anywhere near your distillery – people travel for fun and business and may want to visit you when in the area.
We hope you enjoy our site as a resource and find it interesting! All are welcome to email us with any suggestions and if it makes sense we will get right on it.
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