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distillers Co-op

We are in the process of developing our small distillery (just like so many others) and have recognized there may be some benefit to forming a Co-op or similar group. If anyone in the Northwest USA is interested please send an email.

The basic criteria we have developed so far include:

Location: 150 miles + / - from Portland, Oregon

Stills type: One each, custom built or purchased pot still and column

Still volume: 60 to 1000 gallons

Other: Small press/ crusher for fruit, food mill, grain mill, Certified organic process

$ to participate in the Co-op: $10,000 + or to be determined depending on equipment, rent, etc.

Feel free to comment in any way appropriate and we are open to any ideas (it would be a co-op after all).

Sincerely,

Michael Menzies

Braeside Farms Distillery

Estacada, Oregon 97023

[email protected]


Reply:

Have you considered a kettle/column hybrid still?


Reply:

It would be a good addition to the arsenal, but the hybrids are not substitutes for a real pot still, IMHO.

Guest_Michael_*, you may want to start by getting ahold of the TTB and getting some feedback on your plan. I got it from the horse's mouth that they frown on anything that resembles applying the "You-Brew-It" approach to distilling.


Reply:

Do you mean a worker-owned business, like Full Sail Brewery out near Portland? Or a distillery where "members" can make their own stuff on a shared-use basis? The latter is probably a no-no with the TTB, unless you were really elegant about it. A business cooperative is a very viable model, on the other hand.

For resources, start with the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives. http://usworker.coop


Reply:

We are in the process of developing our small distillery (just like so many others) and have recognized there may be some benefit to forming a Co-op or similar group. If anyone in the Northwest USA is interested please send an email.

The basic criteria we have developed so far include:

Location: 150 miles + / - from Portland, Oregon

Stills type: One each, custom built or purchased pot still and column

Still volume: 60 to 1000 gallons

Other: Small press/ crusher for fruit, food mill, grain mill, Certified organic process

$ to participate in the Co-op: $10,000 + or to be determined depending on equipment, rent, etc.

Feel free to comment in any way appropriate and we are open to any ideas (it would be a co-op after all).

Sincerely,

Michael Menzies

Braeside Farms Distillery

Estacada, Oregon 97023

[email protected]