This is a reminder to renew your Distillery Off-Site Permit January 1. Here’s a link to the application form and to our information page about the permit. This permit is required to attend MDG festivals/events, many other events and farmers markets.
From the American Craft Spirits Association: As you know, last week we achieved a historic milestone for the alcohol beverage industry, but most significantly, craft spirits producers. From day one, the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) has fought tirelessly to reduce the Federal Excise Tax (FET), making it ACSA’s legislative priority. Starting January 1st, we will all reap the benefit of the collective hard work that went into getting it passed.
I wanted to personally thank each one of you. Without the state guilds diligence and communications to those who serve the U.S. Congress, we would not have been able to rally the bipartisan majority of co-sponsors in both the House and Senate which ultimately led the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act to be included in the final tax bill.
While now is a great time to sit back, pour ourselves a dram, and toast to our achievements, it is also time to rally the troops. This victory will save each one of us $23,328.00 per 1000 cases at 45% ABV but only until the end of 2019.
Right now, is the time for all craft distillers to stand up and be counted. The best way to do that is to join your member owned organizations that fight for you, both the ACSA and your State Guild. The membership dues are a fraction of what you will start saving January 1st and will help ensure that our FET savings live on in perpetuity. Can you really afford NOT to join to realize a further extended tax reduction? If you agree, become an ACSA member. JOIN NOW!
Further, please unite with ACSA in Pittsburgh, PA March 4-6th2018 for our Annual Distillers Convention and Vendor Trade Show where we will outline the next important steps in legislative efforts as well as learn a ton and have a heck of a good time. Let’s celebrate together our victory and strategize how we move forward our industry! Click here for more information.
The maker of Sloop Betty vodka and Picaroon rum announced Thursday it plans to open a tavern on Kent Island next year, where it will offer food, drinks, retail sales and classes on cocktails.
Blackwater Distilling, currently located in an industrial park off Route 8 in Stevensville, plans to move to 405 Cleat St. by the spring, giving the restaurant visibility from Route 50. [READ MORE on CapitalGazette.com]
We are very excited to announce that Grow & Fortify, the Maryland Distillers Guild, Maryland Wineries Association and Brewers Association of Maryland were recognized at the Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit for the “More Tourism Jobs for Marylanders” award!
This award was based on job growth, economic impact, community impact, and marketing to visitors. Congratulations to these 3 industries that are a blend of manufacturing, agriculture, tourism, and well paying jobs for Marylanders!
Join the industry for the next Maryland Distillers board/membership meeting on Tuesday, December 12 at 10 AM at Sagamore Spirit in Baltimore. We’ll be joined by special guests, hold a board election and end with lunch.
You’ve heard the news. Tax reform is in our U.S. Congress. Next week, the House Ways and Means Committee will release their long awaited tax reform bill. They will likely complete action by Thanksgiving. This is a first but critically important step.
FET reform must be a part of the House and Senate tax bill language. Our legislation, H.R.747 has more House Co-sponsors, 284, than ANY other tax bill in the House. S.236 has 51 Co-sponsors. The bill will reduce the FET for craft producers from $13.50 to $2.70 per proof gallon removed from bond.
Once the House Ways and Means Committee finishes its work, legislation will move to the Senate Finance Committee.
Call your Congressman and Senators and tell them how important it is to include H.R.747 & S.236 in the major tax bill.
Find your Congressional Representatives. Remember, you’re contacting your DC representatives, not state electeds. Here’s a list:
The ACSA Board of Directors welcomes members and prospective members to a cocktail reception. Enjoy a cocktail and light hors d’oeuvres with local craft distillers from DC, VA & MD, as well as judges from our craft spirits competition.
Wednesday, November 8 from 4-7pm
District Distilling Co.
1414 U St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
RSVP to 803-606-2187
Throughout October & November 2017, Springfield Manor Distillery will showcase its Award Winning Lavender Gin on the San Francisco Double Gold Tour. Participation in this event is offered only to Double Gold winners of the 2016-2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Springfield Manor’s Lavender Gin was awarded a Double Gold – as well as the coveted Best of Class – 2017 Best Flavored Gin. The competition featured 2253 spirit entries from all corners of the world – including 260 gins, a significant increase in the number of entries from previous years.
This is a reminder that Maryland alcohol excise tax filings are now due quarterly for wineries and distilleries, and for their associated self-distribution licenses.
- If you filed had already filed a July return when the change was announced (but not one in Aug and Sept), you may file a single return by October 15.
- If you didn’t file in July, Aug or Sept, you should file a single return by October 15.
- If you are continuing to filing monthly, returns are due on the 20th.
Official notice is still in the works from the Office of the Comptroller…and will be forthcoming.
The BevFluence conference comes to Baltimore March 22-25, 2018, and they’re seeking involvement (via sponsorships) by local wineries, breweries and distilleries. Straight from founder, Justin Koury:
- We are going to be on your backyard and hope to see many local producers involved
- We encourage collaboration between producers since it keeps the cost down for everyone
- Buy a package as a group and pick which specific ways to get involved
- o Pricing as low as $450 to reach the best influencers
- We are happy to have multiple producers presented as a region or geographic guild i.e. Capital Wineries, Baltimore Spirits or Frederick Brewers
- We are customizing this symposium for maximum exposure and meaningful exposure
- We want you walking away with more than just a business card and a handshake
- Our goal is relationship building and content creation in the room
- As a sponsor, you also get 25% off your registration so more people can come and network
- Free tickets for many levels of sponsorships
Link to benefits and below partners deck: http://bevfluence.com/baltimore-2018/become-a-partner/
Link to Website: http://bevfluence.com/
Link to registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bevfluence-symposium-2018-tickets-31346523295.
Pay for your sponsorship fee by October 15th and get 10% off. This adds up.
We are looking forward to making this the best and only event you will need in 2018!