Craft distillators in Maine are seeing their business grow faster than ever.
But not all are happy about the situation.
The Craft Distilling Association of Maine is working to find a solution.
Its board members are hoping to form a coalition to work on a compromise that would protect craft distilleries.
The plan would require that distillerists not be required to take money from their customers for a year after they have closed.
But the distilleria in Maine, including Maine Craft Distillers, aren’t interested in that.
Instead, they want to get rid of the current rule, which allows for them to keep taking money from customers for three years after the distillery is shut down.
And so, for the first time, the distillates board is considering a plan to make the rules less restrictive.
“It’s about having a conversation about what we do as a community,” said Tom Mancini, president and CEO of the Maine Craft Distributors Association.
“We’re a craft distillery and it’s an investment.
We’re making money every day, and we’re not going to be able to keep doing that forever.”
Mancini says that if the board decides to remove the requirement, it’s only a matter of time before Maine’s craft distiliers start seeing their profits increase.
But, he says, they’re still working to make sure they can continue to provide quality products to customers.
The board also is considering whether to set up a new licensing and inspection process for the distills.
Mancinis says he thinks it’s a reasonable way to handle things, but it would be a good start.
The Maine Craft distillerias board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday.