MAINE MAINE DISTILLER’S GUILD The Maine Distiller’s Guild, MeDG, had a successful year in 2017, with 15 members and growing; many of the goals set for 2017 were met and exceeded. The MeDG partnership with Maine Spirits www.mainespirits.com, the exclusive wholesale distributor for spirits in the state of Maine, highlights Maine-made spirits on their website and assists with the rollout of the “Make Mine from Maine” campaign to consumers, bars, and restaurants that encourages them to choose locally made spirits. Maine Spirits also created an iPhone app that helps consumers find their favorite spirits and pricing at the nearest retail agent. The app has a feature to search for cocktail
MONTANA MONTANA DISTILLERS GUILD The Guild had a great turnout at its annual meeting in Butte on October 2, 2017, with 15 DSPs represented. We reviewed the dues structure from other Guilds across the nation and decided to revamp our membership dues to ensure small and growing companies would have equal representation at the table. Dues are based on a sliding scale according to Proof Gallons removed from bond within the State of Montana only, including the Tasting Room. The guild enjoyed an informative and interesting presentation from Montana Craft Malting, a Butte-based malting operation with hopes to open its doors in 2018. There was overwhelming interest in their services, as only one malting plant exists in Montana, and it focuses on one type of malt only. After a minor loss at the Legislative Level
recipes, ultimately making the MAINE DISTILLER’S GUILD OFFICERS process of crafting a Maine cocktail much easier for the consumer. PRESIDENT Ian Michaud MeDG member spirits were Liquid Riot Bottling Company showcased at two fall events. VICE PRESIDENT Jordan Milne Hardshore Distilling Company In October at Portland’s spectacular food and drink SECRETARY Jeff Johnson, Stroudwater Distillery celebration, Harvest on the Harbor TREASURERS Keith and Constance Bodine Sweetgrass Winery & Distillery (www.harvestontheharbor.com), Maine-made spirits were paired with locally sourced food in a level in 2017 for organizations that don’t “Maine only” happy hour. In November, hold a DSP but do have an interest in seeing MeDG members were able to feature this burgeoning industry thrive. Together their spirits at the Maine Harvest Festival with a community of like-minded people and (www.maineharvestfestival.com) in Bangor organizations, the MeDG is looking forward which celebrates the bounty of farms from to 2018 and the bounty of fresh ideas and across the state. Efforts are ongoing with enthusiasm for this industry. hopes of having events spread throughout the year. Keith and Constance Bodine The guild added an Associate Membership Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery.
votes were tallied later in the month, the new in Montana, the guild decided to hire a officers were revealed. professional staffer to represent us at the next session in 2019. Fundraising efforts are currently underway to MONTANA’S NEW GUILD OFFICERS add to the coffers for this salary. We had a lively conversation PRESIDENT surrounding the possible need Robin Blazer — Willie's Distillery, Ennis for a Code of Conduct for guild VICE PRESIDENT LEGISLATIVE & ADMINISTRATIVE AFFAIRS members. More on that to come. Jim Harris — Bozeman Spirits, Bozeman John McKee officially stepped down as Guild President after a VICE PRESIDENT FUNDRAISING AND MARKETING full and rewarding three years at Lauren Oscilowski — Spotted Bear Spirits, Whitefish the helm. We will miss him and his SECRETARY/TREASURER easy-going nature as well as his Erica Droge — Dry Hills Distillery, Four Corners inclusive form of leadership. Other officers vacating their posts were Nic Lee—Vice President, Courtney We are all looking forward to a great 2018! McKee—Secretary; and Casey McGowan— Treasurer. This was a great team to lead our Robin Blazer first three years as a fledgling guild, and we World Headquarters are all better off because of their willingness Willie's Distillery, Inc. to be at the helm. After nominations were cast, and the
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