Dear Craft Spirits Friends:
I was born in Johnstown, New York, the birthplace of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a pioneer in the early women’s rights movement in the U.S. Returning from the W9: Spirit of Collaboration Summit in Louisville, Kentucky last Friday, it occurred to me that Stanton’s lively spirit, passion, determination, diplomacy, ingenuity, and energy is what it will take to enable our craft spirits industry to operate within a truly healthy business climate.
Whether ACSA is tackling global trade issues or offering programs to upgrade safety at your DSP or walking the halls of Congress to help educate members on the importance of making permanent the reduction of the Federal Excise Tax, we cannot and will not yield to the challenges we face.
There continue to be many impediments. So, what are we doing?
Communications were streamlined with the relaunch of the ACSA website
. If you have yet to register your distillery with up to 5 members of your team
now able to be associated with your account, do so now
. And, take advantage of the member-only forums.
ACSA continues to fight for your FET reduction with this past month being no exception. We donated our first PAC [political action committee]
check to Representative Erik Paulsen, [R-MN] one of our biggest advocates with the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act. While there, we visited over five offices, meeting with Congressional staff to remind them how you are reinvesting your FET savings and asking (again and again) that they make the reduction permanent. It’s your turn to do your part. Keep reading to assume your assignment. Click here
for more information on our PAC.
The Kentucky Distillers Association was a gracious host to the global Spirit of Collaboration G-9 Summit, bringing together domestic and international trade groups in the whiskey trade. With more than 10% of our own craft spirits producers now exporting, I was able to personally share your stories on both the potential threat of and current tariffs placed on your whiskey. We left with the mantra: Raise glasses NOT tariffs!
We planned the next round of ACSA education, with a regional program in Long Beach, California featuring a robust curriculum to make safe your employees, equipment, and livelihood.
Your businesses grow because of the support and service of our suppliers. Although we just announced the opening of our trade show that will take place at the Hyatt Minneapolis February 10 th-12 th 2019 [during our annual convention], that show already sold 1/4 of its space. It promises to offer more of the products and services you need to help you flourish.
We continue to help elevate your craft spirits brands by providing more opportunities to showcase your products. Four craft distillers won the lottery to participate in BEVCON, the lively bar and beverage industry conference. It’s not too late for you to register to learn about beverage trends and network with those in the trade. And, as an ACSA member, you receive a 25% discount on the registration fee.
Who said July was a slow month?
Elizabeth Cady Stanton provided a framework to demonstrate how, when working together, challenges can be surmounted. Thank you for being a part of that ACSA team.
Margie A.S. Lehrman