Wow! What a crazy week it was last week. I vaguely remember starting a blog sometime last week. I thought I saved it, but now I can’t find it. And that’s just how last week was, a bit of a blur.
Instead of writing paragraphs of all the happenings, I’m just going to list them–short, sweet bullet points.
• Met with landlord to finalize the lease. As of today this is about 90% complete. We have a hand written copy to submit to the bank, but it’s not the legal copy.
• Met with the bank. He seemed to be impressed with the business plan but wasn’t sure what a distillery was. We gave him more info today. Now it’s pray and wait-n-see.
• Had to find a new surety company for the bond. We got a new response but then had the question on who is the Obligee. I ended up having to ask the WA Guild forum. I couldn’t find the answer anywhere. It was very frustrating. It’s the TTB.
• Dave found a grain silo for outside aesthetics. It’s in Sumas. He has to work out the logistics on how to get it on the trailer and to the distillery site.
Our biggest focus right now is to get our financing, the lease and the bond. Without those we can’t submit for our Distilled Spirit Plant (DSP) permit with the TTB. Once we file for this permit we will have about a 120 day wait to receive it.
I hope to be sharing good news about our financing by the end of the week.
I wish everyone a wonderful week,
Many times things happen that people just blow off as a coincident. I always see these as something that’s meant be. Sometimes I try to analyze why but more often I accept them and thank the Lord for the small blessing.
Last week Dave had his hernia surgery. While most of us see this as an unfortunate event, it turned out to be really good. Dave was forced to stop doing manual labor for while. During his down time has was able to really focus on his distillery projects.
This week Dave met with the city of Arlington’s building official. The guy was very helpful and told Dave we shouldn’t run into any problems with the city. He was also very excited to have a distillery coming to Arlington.
Dave also finished the drawings of the plant and tasting room which is a requirement for the DSP Permit. He made several phone calls to gather resources for his still builds. Yesterday he made an appointment with the bank and got our lease agreement. So….. his hernia operation was a blessing in disguise. So much progress was made this week!!!
Did you know there are two different types of spirit distillery licenses in Washington State? They are the Standard Distillery License and a Craft Distillery License.
The Craft Distillery License is limited to producing 60,000 gallons of spirits a year, their annual fee is $100 and they can offer free on-premises tastings. One of the biggest drawbacks for a Craft Distillery is 51% of their raw material must be Washington State grown. Another drawback is they can only sell up to 2 liters of their spirits from their tasting room.
The Standard Distillery license’s annual fee is $2,000, however there isn’t a limit on how many gallons they can produce or where the raw materials come from. Other than the cost the only other disadvantage for a Standard Distillery is they can’t offer any tastings on premises.
Bad Dog Distillery will be a Craft Distillery. One of the main reasons we chose to be a craft is we want a tasting room. We want our community to visit and learn about our distilling process. We want to share some of the moonshine and our nation’s liquor history. And we want to give you a free taste of a product that we are proud of.
One of the exciting things about this industry is its rebirth is fairly new. Most of the people involved are very passionate and want to see some lingering prohibition laws changed. One of the proposed changes is the Senate Bill #6226. This bill proposes changes on some of the limitation of both types of distillery licenses. The attached is a copy of the SENATE BILL REPORT SB 6226.SB 6226
I hope you enjoy this tidbit of information…
Many of you know that I work a full-time job in addition to trying to get the distillery up and running. During my day I’m allowed two 10 minute breaks and a 1/2 hour lunch. As soon as those bells ring I push my work off to the side and grab my distillery stuff. I always have my thumb-drive plug into my computer–which I love this portable technology.
Friday, on my first morning break, at 8:30 AM, I google for an “old man” picture to send to our graphic guy. I needed the moonshine label to show the bank. I want our moonshine label to say “Grandpa’s Likker”. The mission was succesfull…10 minutes. Except I never got it sent. But the picture is saved on my thumb-drive.
My lunch break I started to print documents to put a packet together for our meeting with another graphic designer and marketing guy. I created a couple of pages to show what the tasting and plant will look like. I also emailed a bottle contact to get some sample bottles to show the bank. It’s amazing how fast a 1/2 hour goes by.
Second break… start 3-hole punching my documents to put in a binder. Finished the tasting room page!
Quitting time… I need to finish my business plan folder for the graphic guy meeting. Dang!!! The index tabs labels aren’t printing right. Never fails when you’re in a hurry a challenge arrives. I had 10 minutes to get it right before I had to leave to pick up Dave at home so we could head back to Skookum Brewery to meet the new graphics guy. On my way home I passed Dave that was parked at a neighbor’s house. I had to do a ‘U’y and remind him I was picking him up at home–now!
Awe….. 4:30 PM made it to Skookum on time and ready for a relaxing beer…… ok now back to business meeting with the graphic guy.
8 PM— Home and done for the day.
Ask me two years ago, or even just 1 month ago if I would be a blogger and I would say, “no”. I’m not a writer, I’m a numbers person. I never fully understood the proper use of grammar past the basics of nouns and verbs. My spelling is so bad even spell check doesn’t know some of the words that I’m attempting. But here I am…blogging.
This craziness started about a week ago when I read an article about social media. It stated that Facebook was already showing signs of fizzling out. The article talked about how most social media groups are only hot for about 10 years. The only one that has consistently stayed strong is blogging.
You know how some things stick with you? Well this article did. I was initially interested in the article because of advertising and marketing Bad Dog Distillery. Then I really started thinking that blogging was the best place to share the experience of starting this business. So many people ask us how we are progressing. This is the place where you can get that answer and more.
I intend to keep my blogs short. This will probably be my longest. They won’t be poetic or creative. They will be just me, Shelly. Say it like it is. My hope is that you will be able to join us on the great and blessed journey we are on. Maybe it will give you the inspiration to dare to dream like Dave and I. Or maybe it will confirm that we are just crazy.
See you soon….cheers and blessing….Shelly