2018 Craft Spirits Data Project - Distillers Survey

Dear Owners/Operators or Team Members of a Distilled Spirits Plant:

We launched the Craft Spirits Data Project (CSDP) in 2016, recognizing the industry lacked solid economic data behind the growth of the craft spirits movement.  We updated the report in 2017, reporting a continuous upward trend in the number of distilleries, market volume, market share and exports.  To date, it has been the single most impactful economic project we have spearheaded, as our findings drew a clear line between our industry and job development, agricultural growth, and increased tourism.  Our findings were a critical tool in moving forward the fight for a reduced FET.  Though we have made tremendous progress to reduce the FET, our fight for parity with wine and beer in the long-term remains of paramount importance.

As a valued member of the craft spirits community, we again need your input to update this structured analysis of the craft distilling industry. Once again, the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) is teaming up with our partners Park Street and International Wine and Spirits Research (IWSR) to analyze the market from your perspective, that is, the DSP community.

As in prior years, the data collected will be treated confidentially, with special care to only release information in the aggregate.  There will be no disclosure that would in any way be attributable to any one distillery.  Your response will be kept confidential and released only as a part of the larger survey results.

This year the study is all the more important as ACSA continues to work through reauthorization of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, the legislation that reduced your Federal Excise Tax from $13.50 to $2.70 per gallon in years 2018 and 2019. This research will be hand-delivered to members of Congress to illustrate how your businesses impact the economy.  Furthermore, the CSDP is used to educate the media, and is routinely cited in national business and trade journals.  Finally, it provides a foundation for financial institutions to determine risk when loaning monies to new or existing DSPs.

While our overarching goal is to represent the growing craft spirits industry and its impact on our economy, the state distillery guilds will also benefit from this study as it helps with state regulatory initiatives.

Please answer the questions to the best of your ability. If you feel others in your DSP are better prepared to answer, please share it.  It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete if your key economic data from 2017 is at hand. 

ACSA has hand selected our partners for this initiative. Park Street specializes in providing back end office and financial solutions for the alcohol beverage industry.  The IWSR is the world’s leading wine and spirits data source, having established itself over 40 years ago and now operates in over 150 markets worldwide

We need your help more than ever to produce economic data to share with Congress and the TTB, so we can best assist you in advocating on your behalf.  Please complete your survey as soon as possible but no later than the end of March as it will close at that time.

Thank you for your anticipated participation.

Cheers –

ACSA, Park Street & IWSR

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* 1. Please state the name of your business