Get Paid to Get Drunk?

By Matthew Milner, on Wednesday, May 25, 2016

There are plenty of ways to make a buck in this world:

Hard work. Smart investing. Or even just good luck.

But here’s an alternative I bet you haven’t considered:

Drinking moonshine.

Let me show you how it’s done.

Forget Going “High Tech”

Last week, Title III of the JOBS Act went live.

This brings the excitement and profit potential of start-up investing to all investors.

Maybe you’ll invest in a company that’s creating the next Google or Microsoft, or aiming to cure cancer.

But for many new start-up investors, understanding the nuts-and-bolts of tech or bio-tech companies can be challenging—and that makes it tough to invest in them.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could make money investing in start-ups that focused on simple products? Products we use in our everyday life?

Actually, we can…

And as it turns out, investments in these products can be very lucrative.

Everyday Products, Everyday Profits

Once upon a time, for example, Snapple was a tiny company based in Long Island, New York.

It was started by three guys who knew nothing about beverages—in fact, two of its founders had previously run a window-washing business.

But eventually, the company was acquired by Quaker Oats—for $1.7 billion.

And just five years ago, Chobani was a young start-up that made Greek-style yogurt. Now it’s worth an estimated $3 billion.

If you’d gotten in early on either of those deals, you could have made millions.

And again, those companies make everyday products—there’s nothing high tech about iced tea or yogurt!

Today, I’ll introduce you to another of these “low tech” companies:

Not only is it operating in one of the hottest sectors in the food & beverage industry...

But it’s also accepting investments from investors like you.

Takeovers Galore

Forget Silicon Valley high-tech start-ups...

From an M&A perspective, one of the hottest sectors in the market today is craft beers and liqueurs.

Just last year, for example, there were at least twenty-four craft beer takeovers—from Constellation’s nearly $1 billion acquisition of Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits, to the three craft breweries bought by Anheuser-Busch in five days.

And this M&A activity goes well beyond beer—now it’s spilled over into spirits and liqueurs, too:

Liqueur brand Drambuie, after nearly a century under family ownership, was acquired by William Grant & Sons for an estimated $145 million…

Campari spent €120 million (about $135 million) to pick up Forty Creek Distillery and its liqueur brands…

And Quintessential Brands bought Lafragette & Legier’s Alizé liqueurs.

You might be wondering why there’s so much activity in this market. Let me explain…

Acquiring Loyalty

Major companies like Campari or Anheuser-Busch appreciate the profits these acquisitions can bring to their bottom lines.

But they also appreciate the loyalty that these smaller brands instill in their customers.

As Danielle Teagarden, a prominent alcohol beverage attorney said: “[Major companies] get to tap into this amazing loyalty to that product that’s been established.” She says that the “attitude and personality” of these smaller brands is “nothing short of tremendous.”

Loyal customers can mean lower marketing costs and stable sales.

Larger liqueur companies value that type of stability—which is why they always keep an eye out for new acquisition targets...

And we may have found the next company on their list:

Bloomery Plantation Distillery.

Moonshine for Sale—or for Investment

Based in Charles Town, West Virginia, where the Blue Ridge Mountains meet the Shenandoah River, Bloomery makes a line of moonshine-­based liqueurs.

Its handcrafted and award-winning “SweetShine” liqueurs use organic ingredients grown from its own farm. In fact, Bloomery is the only craft distillery in the U.S. that focuses solely on producing liqueurs made with ingredients that are grown on-site.

This process increases the quality of its product, and it increases the loyalty of its customers, too.

You see, Bloomery doesn’t just make good hooch… it also runs a good business:

Last year, for example, Entrepreneur Magazine named Bloomery one of the “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America.”

In 2015, the company generated $790,000 in sales. But now it’s ready to grow…

Which is where you come in.

Vote With Your Wallet

Bloomery is currently raising $300,000 on a funding platform called StartEngine. It’s taking advantage of the new laws under Title III of The JOBS Act.

These laws mean that anyone—regardless of their income or net worth—can invest in Bloomery right now. The minimum investment is just $300.

So if you’re interested in start-up investing, but you’ve been put off by complicated technology companies, have yourself some moonshine…

As you learned today, Bloomery may not be a high-flying tech start-up, but it still offers the upside potential of an early-stage investment.

To learn more about it, check out the details on StartEngine »

Please note: Crowdability has no relationship with Bloomery, StartEngine, or with any of the companies or platforms we write about. Crowdability is an independent provider of education, information and research on start-ups and alternative investments.

Best Regards,
Matthew Milner
Matthew Milner


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