We are receiving calls from a lot of people who are thinking of starting up a small scale spirits business; especially gin. As people who love to talk, these are a favourite type of call to receive.
Usually, our callers have had a look at our website, have taken a look at the small batch stills, and call with questions. Each conversation makes us think of things to change or add on the website, and the list grows day by day! (a comprehensive update is certainly on our ‘to do’ list). We are asked how much each still can make, how much labour is involved, preparation, cleaning, power, water usage, etc. etc.
However, we don’t just talk about stills, or fillers, or labelling. We are asked about recipe development, licensing, suitable premises, finance, sourcing other equipment, bottles, labels, ingredients…pretty much anything that new entrants to the industry come up against. We certainly don’t claim to be experts on all of these things, but we know plenty of people, companies and organisations who are, so we put callers in touch with them too.
We hope that by the time our call is finished, we have cleared the ‘mist’ a little, and given those people a good idea of what they need to think about, what they need to do, and who they need to speak to. We also hope that they finish the call a little more reassured that things aren’t necessarily as difficult as they thought. And then we like to follow things up in writing to summarise what they need to think about, with our increasingly used and growing list of great suppliers of all the things they need.
We don’t need to do this, but we like to. After all, our success is dependent on the success of our customers, and the success of the craft spirits industry as a whole. Anyway, we love to help, and we love to talk, so you’re doing us a favour!
Maybe you are thinking about starting out. Or maybe you have started out, enjoyed some success, and want to expand a little. It doesn’t matter if you want a still or not; whether you are buying anything from us or not; please feel free to call us for a chat. If we can help, we will. If we can’t, the chances are that we will know somebody who will.