In all honesty, the thing that your distillery relies on the most, aside from the actual liquor it makes and the people who make it, is records. Nothing else you do will matter if all the proper paperwork and documents made for every step in the distilling process aren't in order and 100% accurate.
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Before you dive down the rabbit hole of excitement dreaming up your flavor profiles and tasting room themes, distillers need to get their legal ducks in a row. There are three main hurdles for starting a craft distillery that you should consider before diving into the deep end with your ideas.
When starting a distillery there's a lot to consider. Vendors are a huge portion of your decision making because a bad choice can follow you for a long time. Not only do you need vendors for raw materials and equipment but you also need a distillery management software that can handle your current processes and stay with you while you scale.
Running a successful craft distillery requires the mastery of two things: recipes and record keeping. Maintaining compliance with the TTB seems like an entire job in itself. There's many common mistakes and issues with distillers reports, but there are ways to avoid them.
Owning and operating a distillery requires a lot of working capital and resources, and not just in terms of money. It takes a good deal of time, along with a unique level of expertise, to make the liquor. Then it needs to be marketed and gotten to your vendors, which requires even more experts handling the business side of things. There are also a ton of rules and regulations a distillery must adhere to while doing all of this. Keeping track of it all is a daunting task.