2019 Craft Spirits Data Project - Distillers Survey

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

The Craft Spirits Data Project (CSDP) launched in 2016, is now easily recognizable as the leading authority for economic craft spirits industry data.  To date, it has been the single most important economic project for craft spirits producers, as our findings draw a clear line between our industry and job development, agricultural growth, and increased tourism.  Our findings, including the number of distilleries, market volume, market share, and export data continue to be a critical tool in our steadfast push for a permanent FET reduction, as the report is provided to members of Congress. 

We relied heavily on CSDP as we pushed and earned a temporary but significant FET reduction, which is set to expire on December 31, 2019. Now more than ever, we once again need your input to update this structured analysis of the craft distilling industry. Together with our partners at Park Street and IWSR, the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) is working to analyze the market from your perspective, that is, the DSP community.

As always, 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.

As ACSA continues to work through reauthorization of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, the legislation that initially reduced your Federal Excise Tax from $13.50 to $2.70 per gallon, your participation is critical. 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, our annual report 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 legislative and 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 16 minutes to complete if your key economic data from 2018 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.  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 give to 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 April as the survey 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

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