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Wayne Curtis, “Whiskey Business,” The Atlantic, January/February 2013

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The subtitle says it all: “the regulatory dilemma of the American microdistiller.” The red tape afflicting small, start-up distillers is considerable. Consider:

Transporting the liquor—which in Scarano’s case involves moving the whiskey from this stall to a retail counter about 50 feet away—triggers a minor avalanche of additional notifications and paperwork, exacerbated by the fact that Ohio, as a “control state,” holds a monopoly on the sale of liquor. This means Scarano has to “buy” the liquor he’s made himself from the state before he can resell it to customers.




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