Artisan Spirit: Spring 2022

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BRAND BUZZ W RITTE N B Y D AV I D S CH U E MAN N

A STORY OF

TWO ROADS T

his is the third article in our series where we’ll cover the increasingly popular marketing-driven route to develop your spirits brand and bring it to market. This method saves a huge amount of regulatory and facility-focused time and resources, freeing up bandwidth and capital for you to focus on brand development, marketing, sales, distribution, and expansion. This method is far less expensive than developing your own distillery and will allow you to maintain control of your recipes and production by partnering with and outsourcing to an existing distillery. It’s important to note that the marketing-driven path is not mutually exclusive from setting up your own distillery in the long run. READ A STORY OF TWO ROADS PART 1

PART 2

Outsourcing isn’t without its challenges, though, as there may be production limitations, however, in many cases local regulations will still allow you to develop your own physical location and ultimately grow into your own distillery if you desire. One of the first questions to ask is, what should you budget for when setting up a marketing-driven brand with outsourced production?

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TIME Selecting your distillery partner will be a critical component in saving you time to market. Outsourcing production allows for the acquisition of product exponentially faster than setting up your own facility and producing/ aging your own product. Many distillery startups have outsourced initially to get to market more quickly while they navigate permitting and other time intensive groundwork. If your long-term plan is to set up your own distillery, the marketing-driven route can provide a faster road to market and cash flow. There have never been more options to outsource production for craft distilleries, even for aged product. The demand for aged bourbon, however, has increased over the past few years, and back stocks are shrinking quickly, so establishing a reputable and dependable partner is critical to this path. Developing your brand strategy and story is key no matter your route to market, and the marketing-driven route will allow you to focus more time and resources on the crucial questions. No matter how simple, your brand story must be focused and connect with your consumers. After all, this will become the backbone of all your outgoing communication and will directly affect your marketing strategy, including your packaging. Whether you work on this yourself or with a partner, we recommend allocating three to four months for this activity to fully vet the options and lay the proper blueprint for your brand. Allowing yourself time to focus on brand story development versus facility issues can be an advantage and a massive time saver when trying to get to market as quickly as possible.

Once your brand story is established, you will need to develop your brand name and brand identity — this consists of your logo, brand packaging, the overall look and feel of your brand, and its personality. For this process, we recommend allocating three to four months and an additional five to ten months for dry goods, government approvals, and bottling. It should be noted this timeline continues to extend based on the current state of the supply chain. For example, even stock glass bottles can have lead times upwards of 12 months from the time of order depending on the mold selected.

BUDGET These costs can include business and financial plans, brand development, including name development, logo and packaging design, market testing, and legal fees. Depending on how much of this you can bootstrap, you should plan on anywhere from a minimum of $25,000 and upwards of $150,000 or more depending on your needs. Production costs vary greatly depending on the kind of product(s) you want to source but are far less expensive than the millions of dollars that permitting, construction, and development of your own distillery can cost.

PRODUCTION Explore both local and regional distilleries, as well as larger rectifiers for production. Each has their strengths and weaknesses. Outsourced production opportunities will vary depending on the kind(s) of products you’d like to develop and whether the products need to be aged. 29


Articles inside

WHAT I LEARNED TRAVELING FROM BIG WHISKEY TO CRAFT BOURBON

7min
pages 120-121

JOURNAL OF DISTILLING SCIENCE: ISSUE ONE

6min
pages 118-119

A TIME TO CELEBRATE

7min
pages 116-117

WATER AND WASTEWATER CONSIDERATIONS FOR CRAFT DISTILLERS

6min
pages 109-110

WANDERING (NOT SO) AIMLESSLY

6min
pages 106-108

WHAT DISTILLERS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ENZYMES

7min
pages 114-115

MEZCAL: EVERY SIP BEGINS WITH A

1hr
pages 95-105

ARAGA

8min
pages 93-94

VACUUM DISTILLATION SIMPLIFIED

7min
pages 90-92

A TOUGH SEASON FOR MALTING BARLEY HIGHLIGHTS SUPPLY CHAIN VULNERABILITIES

8min
pages 87-89

TAKAMINE WHISKEY

9min
pages 74-76

THE ESSENTIALS OF DISTILLERY WEBSITES

11min
pages 77-79

YOUNG HEARTS AND FREE SPIRITS

6min
pages 64-67

THE POWER OF THE UNPACKING EXPERIENCE

5min
pages 84-86

IN-HOUSE PUBLIC RELATIONS

10min
pages 71-73

CHOOSING THE RIGHT FACILITY

5min
pages 68-70

MERGING WITH OR ACQUIRING A BUSINESS IN THE ALCOHOL INDUSTRY

8min
pages 80-83

A GAIN FOR NEUTRAL GRAIN

5min
pages 62-63

BLUE HAS SOLD A LOT OF GIN

14min
pages 51-54

NOVO FOGO

10min
pages 43-47

A STORY OF TWO ROADS – PART 3

5min
pages 29-32

ONE OF THESE THINGS IS NOT LIKE THE OTHER

7min
pages 59-61

MINDING YOUR WASTEWATER

6min
pages 33-34

2022 ARTISAN SPIRIT OF THE YEAR

11min
pages 38-42

PARTNER POWER

6min
pages 55-58

A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

1min
pages 10-12
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