ACSA is proud to support state guilds across the country. P.T. Wood, Wood’s High Mountain Distillery, and Gina Holman, J. Carver Distillery, are the State Guild co-chairs at ACSA. For highlights of state regulatory information, click here.
A Letter From the Guild Chair
Dear Fellow Leader in Our Craft Spirits Industry:
As volunteer leaders in our respective groups, we completely understand competing priorities. There is never enough time to get things done, right? That is exactly the challenge we face and desperately need your help and that of each guild throughout the U.S.
In seven months and 22 days, the reduction of the Federal Excise Tax (FET) expires. That is, the FET reverts from $2.70 to $13.50 per proof gallon on December 31, 2019. Please work with us to prevent that from happening.
One of the most important things we can do is get as many distillers as possible (and their teams) to our complimentary Public Policy Conference in Washington DC July 22-24. States of particular importance are those whose Senators serve on the Senate Finance Committee or Representatives who serve on the House Ways and Means, those very committees which have tax oversight. We truly need people from all 50 states to share their reinvestment stories with Congress. Just this morning we heard that one prominent House member was not going to support the CBMTRA (S.362 and H.R. 1175) because of his belief the tax credit was only helping large business. You know this could not be further from the truth. SHARE THAT STORY! Distribute this registration link and encourage your local distillers to attend. And, please lead by example. Are you or your designee attending?
In addition to our fly-in, we also want to make sure you know about the ACSA PAC and how it is vital to the needs of our industry, particularly at this time. Please contact me, P.T. Wood, (firstname.lastname@example.org 719-239-0222) to find out how you can leverage some of your FET savings dollars into making sure the CBMTRA becomes permanent through this effort.
If you haven’t contacted the local Congressional district office to invite the team to your distillery to show how your small business operates, do it now. Passage of legislation that will extend our FET reduction is NOT A GIVEN. It requires continual outreach to members of Congress with reminders that reinvestment of those dollars is key to running your operation.
Finally, if you haven’t yet encouraged your members to complete the economic data study, you are shortchanging our ability to get things done at a national level. Economic data is powerful when we walk the halls of Congress. It makes a huge difference when we have data that demonstrates a value growth of 29.9% from 2017 to 2018 with employment just under 20,000 jobs in our industry. Here is that survey to share with your members. The survey will close at the end of the month. The 15 minutes of time it takes to complete the survey offers endless opportunities to support our positions with both Congress and the media.
We cannot stress enough how we are at a critical juncture. We are running out of time and without every one of you taking responsibility – NOW – for the CBMTRA, our reduction will be yanked away.
P.S. If easier for you, cut-and-paste this letter and send to your members today. Adapt it using your own words. Please just take action. Now!
P.S.S. If you would find value in having our leadership address your guild with updates from ACSA and what is happening in Washington, DC, please just ask. We want to work together to keep our industry strong as we continue to grow.
Cc: Chris Montana, Du Nord Craft Spirits, (MN) ACSA President
Margie A.S. Lehrman, ACSA CEO
Alabama Craft Distillers Association
Distillers Guild of Alaska
Arizona Craft Distillers Guild
Arizona Craft Beverage
California Artisanal Distillers Guild
Dry Diggings Distillery
Southern California Distillers Association
San Diego Distillers Guild
California Spirit Co.
San Louis Obispo Distillers Guild
Colorado Distillers Guild
State 38 Distilling
Florida Distillers Guild
St. Augustine Distillery
Georgia Distillers Association
Ghost Coast Distillery
Idaho Distillers Association
44° North Vodka
Illinois Craft Distillers Association
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co
Kentucky Distillers’ Association
Louisiana Distillers Guild
Baton Rouge Distilling
Maine Distiller’s Guild
Liquid Riot Bottling Company
Maryland Distillers Guild
Lyon Distilling Co.
Michigan Craft Distillers Association
Minnesota Distillers Guild
Loon Liquor Company
Missouri Craft Distillers Guild
StilL 630 Distillery
Montana Distiller’s Guild
New Mexico Distillers Guild
Santa Fe Spirits
New York State Distillers Guild
Distillers Association of North Carolina
Southern Distilling Company
Ohio Distiller’s Guild
Middle West Spirits
Oregon Distillers Guild
Oregon Spirit Distillers
Pennsylvania Distillers Guild
Millstone Spirits Group
South Carolina Craft Distillers Guild
High Wire Distilling
Tennessee Distillers Guild
Old Forge Distillery
Texas Distilled Spirits Association
Distiller’s Guild of Utah
New World Distillery
Distilled Spirits Council of Vermont
Smugglers’ Notch Distillery
Virginia Distillers Association
Washington Distillers Guild
Wisconsin Distillers Guild
Twisted Path Distillery
Wyoming Distillers Guild
How to Start a Guild
These are for guidance and educational purposes only.
- Review requirements for forming a nonprofit trade organization in your state
- Review Articles of Incorporation (view sample) and file to form state nonprofit organization
- Determine whether you will file for IRS 501(c)(6) status and file appropriate paperwork as necessary. Please review the following to help in your determination:
- Apply for a Federal Employer Identification Number (http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Apply-for-an-Employer-Identification-Number-%28EIN%29-Online)
- Appoint interim Board to adopt Bylaws (view sample)
- Hold first meeting and vote for board members and officers
- Appoint committees
- Open bank account
- Inform ACSA!