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What Spirits Producers Can Learn From the Bottled Water Industry

December 11th, 2019

In 1975, the easiest and most obvious place to get drinking water was from the nearest faucet. If you were on a conference call at the office, jogging in the park, or simply enjoying dinner with your family, a free, clean, and unlimited supply of drinking water was yours to be had only steps from where you were standing.

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2020 Spirits Trends

December 4th, 2019

At Moonshine University, it’s our job to stay abreast of trends in the distilling industry. Thanks to our expert, international faculty, which hail from every facet of the beverage industry, we’re able to glean key insights into the future of distilled spirits. This year, we gathered our team to identify emerging trends we expect to be in the spotlight in the coming year. The 2020 forecast is shaping up to be focused on flavor and adventure.

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Four Ways to Make Your Spirits Packaging More Sustainable

November 27th, 2019

The craft spirits movement was born in part out of the need for authentic self-expression – sometimes recalling the past, but always creating new, one-of-a-kind quality alcoholic elixirs and libations. Craft spirits embodies authenticity, quality, community and, more and more often, sustainability.

Trends in the packaging world parallel these as well; but you have to take the steps to educate yourself on what goes into your packaging, what the consequences may be for that choice, and what happens to your bottle long after your delicious spirit has gone.

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Ice Or Neat – Is There a Right Way to Drink Whiskey?

November 20th, 2019

You’ve chosen your whiskey, but now you’re faced with the second decision to add ice or enjoy it “neat.” There are many schools of thought on this question, but we’re going to examine what to factor in to help you make the choice that best suits your palate.

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Choosing the Right Mill for Your Craft Distillery

November 13th, 2019

So, you want to start distilling with freshly milled grain. Maybe you’re tired of paying top dollar for the pre-milled stuff from the malt distributor, and you’re ready to invest in the quality, efficiency, and bulk pricing that comes with milling your own whole grain. But where do you start?

Well, it’s always a good idea to first familiarize yourself with what’s out there. While there are plenty of options, the two most common types of mills used in craft distilling operations are the hammer mill and roller mill.

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3 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Mead

November 6th, 2019

Mead is on the rise, thanks to the craft beer and distilling movements, as well as persistent references in popular culture. And while it’s true there are still 10 times more breweries in the US than meaderies, the category is experiencing steady growth all the same. Reports from the American Mead Makers Association (AMMA) indicate that on average, a meadery opens in the US every 3 days, signalling the beginnings of a potential new trend in craft mead production.

In hopes of answering some of your burning questions about this delightful drink, here’s 3 surprising things you didn’t know about mead.

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The Best Advice For New Distillers

October 30th, 2019

The best advice I ever received was from the man who trained me to make wine. To this day, it’s something I always share when I speak to new distillers.

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How to Create Your Distillery Business Plan

October 23rd, 2019

Like many of you, I’m a Moonshine University alum and proud Stave & Thief Society Executive Bourbon Steward – meaning my thirst for knowledge runs deep.

As you’re probably aware, it takes more than “a love of the art” to run a successful distillery. But more often than not, as our passion drives us to continue to learn and develop our skill sets, our primary focus tends to fall on perfecting the craft; by consequence, we tend to neglect the equally important responsibility of refining the business. Luckily, there’s a solution for that.

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Is Your Distillery Safe and Secure? Here’s Two Ways to Make Sure…

October 16th, 2019

As a distillery consultant, I always have safety and security on my mind. Whether it’s designing the distillery layout or a visitor path on the production floor, safety and security should be a priority for any distillery owner.

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Picking the Right Packaging For Your Spirits Brand in 6 Easy Steps

October 9th, 2019

Congratulations! You’ve created a masterpiece spirit. Now how do you plan to brand it? Have you thought about packaging? For some, this will be the most exciting part of your business, and it might even be the most important. Whether it’s on store shelves or on the bar top, before taking a sip, consumers will first experience your product by its packaging.

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