The management of the production environment and final products is of the utmost importance to distillers. Beyond legal compliance and safety issues, there is a need to gather data to inform as to the performance of the various production processes and to help understand the conformance or otherwise of the final products and by-products. Here we explore what information is required by the distiller and identify options to gather data that enables that information to be extracted. We will consider instrumental, sensor and sensory data sources, and discuss the relevance of particular analyses particularly in terms of cost-benefit. This will lead on to a consideration of the feasibility of a $1000 laboratory for the craft distiller.