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Overcoming Physical Challenges and Natural Disasters in Building A Distillery

Keys to overcoming physical challenges and natural disasters while building a distillery. Learn how Loch & Union Distilling overcame the harsh challenges of natural disasters on the road to success.

At its core, building and running a distillery is a physical process. There are natural and man-made disasters to overcome, resource constraints, and facility planning complexities.  Discover how Loch & Union has persevered in the face of difficult physical challenges to become a thriving distillery.

Duration (25:25)

Podcast topics:

00:39 – Surviving Covid – pivoting to contract work and hand sanitizer

08:00 – Surviving natural disasters: fires and earthquakes

12:07 – Overcoming unexpected challenges with local permitting

14:44 – The importance of having good contractors to building a distillery for the right price

15:59 – Assembling the stills from scratch

18:30 – Using multiple stills for different purposes

19:45 – Pitfalls to watch out for when starting a distillery

21:02 – Design of the facility: upfront cost vs. operational efficiency

Evelyn Cook, CPA specializes in helping spirits companies scale their business. Through her Tools to Thrive business planning framework, she is able to identify financial obstacles to growth as well as to help owners make the best decisions for long term sustainable growth.  To learn more about how Evelyn can help you grow your spirits business, please call (916) 724-1665 or email

Cook CPA Group provides the following services tailored for distilleries:

  • Business Planning
  • Corporate and Personal Tax
  • Financial and Operational Accounting
  • Strategic Consulting
  • Part-time CFO Services