Extending our Lead: Advanced Distilling Conquers the World!

Nine years ago I started iStill. The mission? To make distilling easy. To make craft distilling viable. To empower craft distillers around the world via hands-on and theoretical education. To bring technology to the market that slashed energy, labor, and investment costs, and is able to reliably create high-quality spirits in a reproducible manner.

Today celebrates a milestone. We have over 1,000 customers! Over 1,000 craft distillers, from all over the world, use our amazing technology to make a living, to produce better spirits more consistently, and to provide for their loved ones. Over 1,000 families, master distillers, businesses that connect, that share, that nib away at Big Alcohol’s market share, one glass at a time. Over 1,000 craft distillers that own the future of our industry …

On behalf of the iStill Team, I want to express our feelings of both gratitude and pride. Thank you for choosing iStill, thank you for making this happen.

At your service,

Drs. H.E.J. (Odin) van Eijk MScBA, etc.

Founder & CEO of iStill.

Today’s map of the world looks kinda iStilly …

Our Solution to Component Shortages!

Introduction

As we informed you last week, the global shortages of electronic components is creating longer lead times. But iStill wouldn’t be iStill if we hadn’t come up with a solution for those on a short timeline.

Solution

Instead of ordering – as an example – a fully automated iStill 2000 Hybrid, we’ll advise you to order the semi-automated iStill 2000 Hybrid with the full automation suite as an addition. This way, you’ll receive your semi-automated iStill 2000 in about four to five months.

As we wait out the electronic component shortages, you can go ahead and start distilling. Once the full automation suite is ready, probably about nine months after you placed the order, we’ll ship it to you and you can upgrade.

At your service,

The iStill Team.

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The iStill Blog Statistics 2021!

The iStill Blog is the word’s biggest free library of distilling information. How big? VERY BIG! In 2021 we published 218 articles. 118,374 people consulted the iStill Blog. That’s a huge 214% increase from 2020, when already 55,409 people visited the iStill Blog.

The number of post reads increased from 118,033 to a staggering 195,822. Advanced distillation knowledge is definitely en vogue!

The best read post? “Today Eight Years ago, we started iStill: https://istillblog.com/2021/04/17/we-started-istill-eight-years-ago/

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iStill Customer Satisfaction Rating!

Matchory, the smart supplier database, after researching 23 customers and 48 purchases, ranked iStill with the maximum 5 out of 5 stars! They also established that 52.1% of the customers had already placed previous reorders. As founder and CEO of this amazing company, I want to congratulate my teams on doing an amazing job, each and every day!

Best stills, support, and education result in highest customer satisfaction …

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100th Edition of “Distillers Weekly”!

We are proud to inform you that our eNewsletter “Distillers Weekly” has been published 100 times. Wow, that’s almost two years of weekly newsletters by iStill on the distilling world at large, and advanced and automated distilling specifically.

Around 2,750 people from the craft distilling industry signed-up for “Distillers Weekly”. Do you want to help us share our newsletter to more people? You can now subscribe via a link on our homepage. Help spread the word: with iStill technology craft distilling becomes fun as well as profitable!

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iStill Internship!

Introduction

When Aris from Aristides Distilling calls us, we know we are in for a treat. New ideas, great feedback, an initiative he thought about and that we – as a community – should maybe embrace. Here’s the digest of his latest idea.

Not all that want to distill want to own an iStill distillery. Not all that own an iStill want to do the day-to-day distilling. Why do we only focus on owners-operators from countries that can afford to open a craft distillery? Why don’t we also focus – as iStillers – on people from countries that offer less opportunities for distillery ownership, but for sure are interested in distilling and want to learn the trade?

And – if we can find and train people in the noble art of (i)distilling – wouldn’t there be a market out there, among the iStill community primarily, of craft distillers looking for a trained and motivated distiller? A job offer? A win-win-win situation, where people get a chance at education and a job, where iStillers get access to well-trained staffers, and where iStill and iStill customers can do a good deed in the process?

We thought this would be an amazing idea to execute on. We are not yet sure on the approach, but underneath are some guidelines, stepping-stones, or maybe just concept baby steps. Please look at the proposal and give us your feedback. If we are to do this, we need to do this together. If we are to do this successfully, it takes more eyes than just ours!

Step 1: Distillery Selection

For one iStill Internship, we’d ask for two distilleries from one and the same continent. Say that we take Europe as an example. Maybe Aristides Distillery would participate. They are based out of Cyprus. Maybe Kapela Distillery fro Croatia would be another participating distillery. Okay, great, now let the games begin!

Step 2: Candidate Selection

Via an application form an initial selection of three candidates is performed. These candidates are interviewed by each of the participating distilleries as well as someone at iStill HQ. Based on the interviews a candidate is invited to join the program. Priority is given to countries that are relatively close by and do not offer distilling opportunities. Lebanon could be a great example for European distillers.

Step 3: Training at iStill HQ

The intern is trained at iStill HQ in the theories of mashing, fermenting, and distilling. He (or she) makes whiskey, rum, gin, brandy and vodka, under the guidance of the iStill University Team. This training lasts one month.

iStill buys the plane ticket and takes care of visa, housing, food, and drinks. When the student has successfully finished his training, it is time for the next step. If he qualifies according to his mentors, that is.

Step 4: Training at Aristides Distillery

The intern is trained on Cyprus on the products Aristides Distillery makes. This part of the internship takes two months.

The distillery buys the plane ticket and takes care of visa, housing, food, and drinks. When the intern has successfully finished his training, it is time for the next step. If he qualifies according to his mentors, that is.

Stap 5: Training at Kapela Distillery

The intern is trained in Croatia on the products Kapela Distillery makes. This part of the internship takes two months.

The distillery buys the plane ticket and takes care of visa, housing, food, and drinks. When the intern has successfully finished his training, it is time for the next step. If he qualifies according to his mentors, that is.

Step 6: Off you go!

After completing the three-stage internship successfully, the intern either goes home or (preferably) gets a job offer from one of the participating distilleries or another craft distillery. If it is a new job, the terms and conditions will be negotiated between the (former) intern and his new employer. If he flies home, iStill will purchase him the return airplane ticket.

Your feedback, please

This is the concept. We are sure we are still missing some points. Please, give us your feedback. What is missing? What would make this program work or what would make it stronger? Would you be a participating distillery? Why yes or why not?

Please email your feedback directly to Odin@iStillmail.com

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