Spokane Workshop

Distillery University Workshop - Spokane - March 2016

Workshop Part 1

Lead facilitator Todd Buckley introduces the class to:

  • An introduction to the course
  • History of distilling
  • An overview of distillation
  • The competitive landscape of the spirits industry
  • Regulation highlights
  • The basics of aging spirits

Duration: 4 hr. 9 min. 58 sec.

Workshop Part 2

Lead facilitator Todd Buckley discusses:

  • Vodka distillation
  • Rum distillation
  • Gin distillation
  • Brandy distillation
  • Brewing skills for distillation
  • An introduction to the chemistry and physics of distillation.

Presenter Dean Kiefer, Ph.D discusses:

  • Financial considerations for new ventures and entrepreneurial startups
  • An introduction to business accounting
  • Financial statements

Duration: 5 hr. 13 min.

Workshop Part 3

Lead facilitator Todd Buckley discusses:

  • Social Media Marketing for distilleries
  • An introduction to distillery paperwork.

Spirits consultant Shawn Heale discusses:

  • Introducing your brand to bartenders
  • The ins and outs of getting your spirits into bars.

Dan Bariault, Attorney-at-law discusses:

  • Business development
  • Legal compliance
  • The realities of entering the spirits industry.

Special Edition from Todd Buckley:

  • The 11 Basic Questions You Must Ask Yourself if You’re Ready to Open a Distillery
  • Offsetting unforeseen expenses with government credits
  • Questions for the Health Department

Duration: 6 hr. 55 min. 19 sec.

Spokane Supplemental Materials

Download our Business Plan Formulation Tool, the Destiny Distilled Spirits Fundraising Presentation, and the PowerPoint presentations for Spokane Workshops parts 1-3.

Spokane Workshop

Distillery University Workshop - Spokane - September 2016

Workshop Part 1

Lead facilitator Todd Buckley introduces the class to:

  • An introduction to the course
  • History of distilling
  • An overview of distillation
  • The competitive landscape of the spirits industry
  • Regulation highlights
  • Filtration
  • The basics of aging spirits
  • Brewing skills for distillation
  • An introduction to the biology and physics of distillation
  • Yeast

Duration: 6 hr. 23 min.

Workshop Part 2

Lead facilitator Todd Buckley discusses:

  • Vodka distillation
  • Rum distillation
  • Gin distillation
  • Brandy distillation
  • Bottling
  • An introduction to the chemistry of distillation
  • Legal compliance
  • The realities of entering the spirits industry
  • Financial statements
  • Safety concerns

Duration: 2 hr. 45 min.

Enumclaw Workshop

introduction to distilling

Introduction to Distilling

Wade Bennett of Rockridge Orchards Distillery in Enumclaw, Washington, walks us through the entire distillation process while using actual equipment in his distillery. The perfect video for anyone who wants to get a grasp on the process as a whole.

Duration: 7 min. 33 sec.

workshop day 1

Workshop Day 1

Wade Bennett of Rockridge Orchards Distillery and Allan Peterson, distilling instructor, discuss:

  • History of distillation
  • Gauging methods and equipment
  • Still design
  • Hydrometry
  • Labeling
  • Contamination
  • Instruments
  • General distilling information

Duration: 5 hr. 43 min. 15 sec.

workshop day 2

Workshop Day 2

Wade Bennett of Rockridge Orchards Distillery discusses:

  • Calculating alcohol percentages/specific gravity
  • Bottle selection
  • Bottle closures
  • Heads, Tails & Foreshots
  • Distillation chemistry
  • Barreling
  • Oak additives
  • Pros and cons of distribution

Duration: 3 hr. 42 min. 45 sec.

workshop day 3

Workshop Day 3 Audio

Paul Beveridge, attorney at BeveridgeLaw PS and owner of Wilridge Winery discusses:

  • History of spirit taxation
  • History of spirit legislation
  • Recent status of spirit legislation
  • Health benefits of spirits
  • Business formation types
  • Trademarks
  • Filling out government forms
  • Bonds
  • Labeling
  • Taxation

Duration: 4 hr. 39 min. 58 sec.

workshop day 4

Workshop Day 4 Audio

Deanna Burnett-Keener, Business Development Advisor and winery owner, as well as Jennifer Handler, a finance and banking professional, discuss:

  • Market research
  • Distillery location considerations
  • Finding your niche
  • Marketing opportunities
  • Design considerations
  • Online resources for businesses
  • Accounting/bookkeeping software
  • Business plan development

Also included is a discussion on effective social media strategies and tactics from Kirk Davis, SM Expert.

Duration: 5 hr. 44 min. 42 sec.

workshop day 5

Workshop Day 5

Wade Bennett of Rockridge Orchards Distillery discusses:

  • Still components
  • Still pricing
  • Copper vs. stainless steel construction
  • Safety considerations
  • Distillate tasting
  • Federal labeling requirements
  • Instrumentation
  • Still heating methods

Duration: 1 hr. 09 min. 06 sec.

Enumclaw Supplemental Materials

Download our Distillery Startup Cost Spreadsheet, Social Media Marketing PowerPoint, and the Enumclaw Workshop PowerPoint materials.

Distiller Interviews

Hear from the Professionals

2 Loons Distillery

2LoonsDistillery.com

2 Loons Distillery owners, Trish and Greg Schwartz, discuss the experiences they’ve encountered since they started putting their distillery together three years ago.  They tell us about the obstacles they’ve come across, what fulfills them as distillers, what helped them become better distillers, and what they wish they knew before they opened their distillery.

Duration: 14 min. 25 sec.

2 bar spirits

2bar Spirits

2barSpirits.com

Nathan Kaiser, owner of 2bar Spirits in Seattle Washington’s SODO neighborhood, takes us on a tour of his distillery.  He tells us about the 2bar philosophy, ingredient sourcing and walks us through his process.  Kaiser also gives some words of wisdom for those who want to join the industry.

Duration: 10 min. 36 sec.

oola distillery

Oola Distillery

OolaDistillery.com

Kirby Kallas-Lewis, owner of Oola Distillery in Seattle, Washington, talks about how to develop the ideal product mix to attract the right customers, as well as how to create strategic partnerships with local ingredient suppliers. As a special bonus, he reveals where the ‘Oola’ name comes from.

Duration: 24 min. 02 sec.

seattle distilling

Seattle Distilling

SeattleDistilling.com

Ishan Dillon, one of the owners of Seattle Distilling in Vashon, Washington, tells us about the history of his distillery and how important effective partnerships can be.  Dillon covers the current state of the industry and how innovation will separate the successful distilleries from the rest.

Duration: 3 min. 48 sec.

hardware distillery

Hardware Distillery

TheHardwareDistillery.com

Chuck and Jan Morris, husband and wife owners of the Hardware Distillery located in Hoodsport, Washington, were in the process of building their distillery at the time of filming. They talk about where they got the idea to become distillers and how important education has been for them along the way. They also cover how to properly lay out your distillery, as well as important considerations for working with local government.

Duration: 14 min. 25 sec.

Paul Ziegman, Tinbender Craft Distillery

TinbenderCraftDistillery.com

Master distiller Paul Ziegman joins us for the inaugural episode of our Webinar Series. An expert in sheetmetal and distillation equipment, Paul talks to us about his experience in starting a distillery from scratch. He discusses some of his favorite vendors and answers questions LIVE from the audience.

Duration: 45 min.