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WASHINGTON WASHINGTON DISTILLERS GUILD The legislative session is in full swing, and this has been our most aggressive year to date. We are attempting to unify the WA distillery industry so we can go after legislation that makes a significant impact to the bottom line of all distillers. HB 2099 to unify license types: WA state offers two licenses — the craft license, and a general distiller license. The craft license requires the use of 50 percent or more WA grown ingredients. For that, the holder of that license does not have to pay a 17 percent fee for bottle sales made

WISCONSIN WISCONSIN DISTILLERS GUILD The Wisconsin Distillers Guild was founded in 2014 to amplify the energy of the state’s modern distilling industry. Members join together to promote the production of high quality spirits in Wisconsin, utilization of local ingredients, recognition of the Wisconsin distilling industry, and advocate for more favorable federal and state regulations. The Guild welcomes licensed distilleries as full members, and offers an associate membership for supporting businesses

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making up to 4.5 oz per person per day. We’re also looking for permission to create private labels for on-premise and off-premise accounts, and to allow noncontiguous warehouses for barrel storage. All the bills are still in flight at this time. On March 11, 2017 the WDG will hold the second annual South Sound Spirits Gathering. That event is now up to 25 WA distilleries, and is expected to sell 200 tickets. Funds raised from that event will be used to build the WA Distillery Trail website, develop an improved website, and begin a third annual event to be held in November.

looking to network with our members. The Guild also offers an enthusiast membership level for individuals with a strong interest in handcrafted spirits. The Guild’s website provides resources to member distilleries, people interested in opening new distilleries in Wisconsin, and vendors and service providers for distilleries. As distillers, we have common needs, goals and challenges. The Guild, through this site, provides advice and inspiration for people interested in our craft. Members gain access to the members-only portion of the website which hosts classifieds, forums, and critical updates about laws and regulations affecting Wisconsin distilleries.

Please join the Wisconsin Distillers Guild for the Third Annual Meeting at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells on Sunday January 22, 2017, 1:00 – 4:00 PM. This is a great opportunity to meet with other leaders in the distilling industry, discuss topics that impact our businesses, and set priorities for the upcoming year. For more information, please visit wisconsindistillersguild.com.

Jason Parker Co-Founder/President Copperworks Distilling Co.

Amy Czaplewski, wisconsindistillersguild@gmail.com

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from their tasting room, and the annual license fee is reduced from $2,100 to $110. The board of the WDG, and a super majority of the membership of WA distillers would like to see the licenses joined. Why? Because both the legislature and the LCB have repeatedly asked for a unified voice before they consider difficult issues, such as reducing the state spirit sales tax (currently at 20.5 percent) and allowing all distilleries to make products competitive with those on WA state shelves, even if the raw material is not available in the state. This bill has unleashed lots of drama, and has an uncertain outcome. In other bills, the WDG is proposing to allow distilleries (both licenses types) to sell adulterated samples of their own

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Artisan Spirit: Spring 2017  

The magazine for craft distillers and their fans.

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The magazine for craft distillers and their fans.