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ALASKA DISTILLERS GUILD OF ALASKA The Distillers Guild of Alaska is partnering with the Brewers Guild of Alaska to host the first industry-wide tasting event featuring Alaskan-made spirits, beer, wine, and mead. The event, Alaska Crafted, will be held in downtown Anchorage on May 21. An Alaska WWW.ARTISANSPIRITMAG.COM
Crafted press and media campaign will accompany the event. This winter we have been lobbying against a bill introduced in the State Legislature by Governor Walker that proposes to DOUBLE our state excise tax, which is already one of the highest in the country. The passage of this budget bill would be devastating to all our distilleries here, which are still young and fragile small businesses. Operating in Alaska can be challenging with high shipping
costs, high energy costs, long lead times on inventory orders, and high seasonality of populations. A state budget crises doesn’t help. We are working hard to protect our industry and promote the value of our distilleries as exporters of Alaskan products, tourism destinations, and job creators in the state. Heather Shade Port Chilkoot Distillery President, Distillers Guild of Alaska
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