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We have also submitted our application to the TTB (Feds), which will allow us to legally sell and distribute our beer. Aside from the State Liquor License, this is one of the major hurdles on the licensing path. I tell folks who are interested that it is like filling out a request for a security clearance (x4) combined with applying for a mortgage. The TTB has made the process a bit easier by providing a fairly user-friendly online application, but it is still painful. It will be good to have that in the rear-view mirror!
Initial Floorpan Design
This is the initial design we came up with. It’s a small as we could make it and still meet all our requirements (or so we thought). We want to keep it simple and cost-effective to build, since Roscoe and I will likely be doing the majority of the work ourselves.
Initial Cut at Front and Rear Elevations
We have hired a professional draftsman (and former county inspector) to guide us through the design and permitting process. I’m sure things will change as he educates us on the requirements for compliance with the county in order to get our building permit and our conditional use permit. We’ll update this blog when we decide on the final design.
It's official, at least in the eyes of the Federal Government!
Shire Station, LLC is born as an official business entity and has received its Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN). For those not familiar with the business start-up process, this is step one of many. Our business type (LLC formulated in the state of California) is now registered with the Feds and the number will be used for tax purposes. Because we have to pay federal excise tax of $7 per barrel of beer produced, our EIN will be used to let them know who we are. The tax man cometh!
We have also requested our State EIN but that process is a bit more lengthy. We should see that in the mail in a week or two. Once we are armed and recognized by both the Feds and the State, we can then start the long regulatory road to opening. It's too early to predict the exact month yet, but we are hoping for this year.
The process was actually very easy and took about 10 minutes. The form can be completed online at https://sa1.www4.irs.gov/modiein/individual/index.jsp. They allow you to select an option at the end of the form to deliver the EIN approval via electronic link. It's probably the easiest time I've ever had with any governmental process. Cheers!