Skip

Washington Distiller
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About Skip

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    http://www.letterpressdistilling.com

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  • Real Name
    Skip Tognetti
  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Seattle, WA
  • Distiller Status
    Licensed Distiller
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  1. Firearms in a DSP?

    The relevant RCW only mentions places that serve alcohol AND have a 21+ restriction. http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=9.41.300 "(1) It is unlawful for any person to enter the following places when he or she knowingly possesses or knowingly has under his or her control a weapon: ... (d) That portion of an establishment classified by the *state liquor control board as off-limits to persons under twenty-one years of age;" That said, my understanding is that a business has the right to refuse service to any person for non-frivolous reasons (e.g., you don't like their haircut...) as long as that person is not part of a protected class
  2. I came here to post the same thing as Kirby. I'm 100% behind the effort as we're a 100% grain-to-glass distillery (not that there aren't other models that are totally legit, too) but when I went to the site, my first thought was, "Who's behind this? Wait...no information on that? And they're touting transparency? Huh." Given the amount of BS in this industry, we're all a little hesitant when we don't know who's behind something or what their base motivation is. If y'all want us to spread your message--and I'm happy to if it's the right people for the right reasons--you gotta practice what you preach.
  3. Wanted 400-500 gallon mash tun

    I don't have a tank available now (although I might in a few months), but we use an old dairy bulk tank (you've seen it!), and we got it from Ullmer's Dairy Equipment in Wisconsin. 2Bar got their old mash tun there, too. Shipping something like that isn't cheap, but the tanks themselves are pretty affordable. http://www.ullmers-dairyequipment.com/
  4. Just in case some of you have not received the email from the ACDA, they have put together a toolkit for us to help build momentum in Congress for federal excise tax reduction for small distilleries. Two bills have been proposed--one each in the House and Senate--to reduce taxes on the first 100,000 PG produced. Follow the link below... Toolkit for Federal Excise Tax Parity >
  5. Hello to all our current, former, and future members! As you almost certainly know, Washington is now running away with the title as the largest distilling community in the U.S. Currently, our state has: 87 licensed Craft Distilleries 33 pending Craft Distillery licenses 18 licensed Distiller/Rectifiers 4 pending Distiller/Rectifiers That means that we have 105 distilleries and another 37 pending! Crazy, but true. With the growth of this local industry comes a growing responsibility to make sure that it flourishes. That is where the Washington Distillers Guild comes in. And that's where your membership dollars can help us continue to make the reforms and do the promotion that we need. Dues for 2014 will continue to be $200. To re-new or sign up as a new member, you can use one of the following methods: Pay online > (preferred) Send a check (payable to Washington Distillers Guild) to: Washington Distillers Guild c/o Skip Tognetti 9727 45th Ave NE Seattle, WA 98115 What do you get for those dues? OUR SUCCESSES Over the past year-plus, the WDG has accomplished quite a number of positive things for its member distilleries, including... The introduction and passage of Senate Bill 6226, which removed sales limits from tasting rooms, allowed distilleries to charge a sampling fee, allowed all distilleries to contract distill, and increased the proof-gallon limit for craft distilleries, among other things. Your dollars allowed us to enlist experienced lobbyists to help make this happen. Wrote and adopted a comprehensive set of organizational by-laws. Developed a visual brand for the WDG and launched a new website. Organized and executed "Proof," the signature event for the WDG and the premier distillery tasting event in the state (as well as one of the largest in the country). Helped bring the American Distilling Institute annual conference to Seattle, which we also co-sponsored. This was a GREAT showcase for what we're doing in this state. THE FUTURE So, what's next? Lots! The Guild will continue to promote the industry. Some things that our membership has told us are priorities: Further legislative change, including tax reform at the state and federal levels. We've built some momentum and set the table for more change, but there's LOTS to do. Marketing! Including... Development of an online and printed map of Washington distilleries (perhaps an app?) Growth of Proof as our flagship event A distillery "passport" Continued strengthening of the "Made in WA" brand for spirits Much more... To do these things, we need the voices and backing of our members. Thanks. We look forward to another successful year! -- Steven Stone, President Jeff Steichen, Vice President Jason Parker, Secretary Skip Tognetti, Treasurer
  6. Very, very good news! The FDA put out a statement last week on the spent grain issue. We’ve heard from trade groups and members of Congress, as well as individual breweries raising concerns that FDA might disrupt or even eliminate this practice by making brewers, distillers, and food manufacturers comply not only with human food safety requirements but also additional, redundant animal feed standards that would impose costs without adding value for food or feed safety. That, of course, would not make common sense, and we’re not going to do it. In fact, we agree with those in industry and the sustainability community that the recycling of human food by-products to animal feed contributes substantially to the efficiency and sustainability of our food system and is thus a good thing. We have no intention to discourage or disrupt it.
  7. Urgent - FDA - Spent Grain Rules

    BOOM! We’ve heard from trade groups and members of Congress, as well as individual breweries raising concerns that FDA might disrupt or even eliminate this practice by making brewers, distillers, and food manufacturers comply not only with human food safety requirements but also additional, redundant animal feed standards that would impose costs without adding value for food or feed safety. That, of course, would not make common sense, and we’re not going to do it. In fact, we agree with those in industry and the sustainability community that the recycling of human food by-products to animal feed contributes substantially to the efficiency and sustainability of our food system and is thus a good thing. We have no intention to discourage or disrupt it. Good news.
  8. Product Pricing Breakdown

    Hi Johno! Welcome... The federal excise tax is $13.50 per proof gallon. This translates to $2.14 per bottle at 80 proof (you can adjust from there, if your product is of a different proof. As for the state... Whooo-boy. So, after your wholesale, the distributor fee will be 10% (on top of their mark-up), the retailer fee is 17% (on top of their mark-up); these both get built into the shelf price. And then there is a 20.5% liquor sales tax and a $2.83 per bottle flat tax ($3.77/liter) that the consumer pays at the register. I think what you're concerned with, though, is COGS, and the only tax that is built into the bottle is the federal excise tax that I mentioned in the first paragraph. Here's the link on the TTB site
  9. Great news everyone!

    Yep. Steven just posted about this over here. Write your letters...
  10. Tasting privileges for non-craft distilleries! When will it happen?!

    Let's just keep these victories in mind when it comes time for guild dues this year! There is a lot more work to do, and that work costs money... :-)
  11. Looking for barrels and IBC totes

    The best place I've found for IBCs is craigslist. The food-grade ones are more rare and go FAST, so you have to stay on top of it.
  12. Tasting privileges for non-craft distilleries! When will it happen?!

    Hey there and welcome! The Guild has been working hard over the past several months toward changes like this that will benefit a broad section of our membership. As those who have attended meetings or reviewed the minutes know, the board enlisted the services of a legislative liaison (a.k.a. a lobbyist) to help us get in front of the right people and to get some legislation introduced. That work led to the following bills being introduced: House Bill 2364 Senate Bill 6226 HSB 2364 PASSED the legislature on February 13 by a vote of 93-4! It now goes on to the Senate for a vote (hopefully the giant margin in the house is a good omen). You can track the bills' progress at the above links. The main changes the bills will allow: Increases the annual spirits production limit for craft distillers from 60,000 gallons to 150,000 gallons Eliminates the three liter per day per person limit on the sale of spirits by a craft distiller for off-premises consumption. Authorizes a craft distillery to charge customers a fee for spirits samples of one-half ounce or less served to them on premises subject to a daily maximum of two ounces per person per day. Authorizes any licensed distillery to: sell spirits of its own production for consumption off the premises; contract with, and sell spirits to other licensed distillers and manufacturers; and provide for free, or for a charge, spirits samples of one-half ounce or less to customers on the premises, subject to a daily maximum of two ounces per person per day. Requires a distillery that sells spirits for off-premises consumption to comply with all laws and regulations applicable to liquor retailers. Authorizes a special occasion licensee to charge reasonable booth fees to a distillery participating in the event. You might be particularly interested in the last part of bullet #4.
  13. Marcus Charles (Local 360) Contact Info?

    I don't have his info and a quick search yielded nothing. I have a friend who might have it and I've got a message out to him. I have only dealt with Mike, the bar manager, and he's been really awesome to deal with. Good luck.
  14. July 14th Guild Meeting

    Seriously, though: Happy birthday!
  15. July 14th Guild Meeting

    Well, there goes the surprise party... (See, this way we don't actually have to have a party AND we get to pretend that we WERE going to have one... WIN-WIN!.)