Distilling is a very energy-intensive operation, especially for making whiskey, which includes processes such as malting, kilning, mashing, and effluent disposal. At Gulf Coast Distillers, the largest distillery in Texas, the company produces several varieties of whiskey, as well as vodka and gin, inside its 300,000-square-foot plant. The facility also houses a coffee processing operation, a storage warehouse, a bottling area, and a climate-controlled tasting room.
As with all manufacturing businesses, Gulf Coast Distillers’ revenue is directly tied to its ability to roll products off the line. Even brief outages can interrupt the carefully formulated distilling processes–some of which take place around the clock–and result in a different-tasting spirit.
Neither scenario is acceptable for the customer’s brand.