GHJ Beverage Practice Leader Publishes Book on Distillery Finance

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 5, 2022) – GHJ, a leading accounting and advisory firm, is pleased to announce that Beverage Practice Leader Maria Pearman has written a new book outlining the fundamentals of accounting and finance through the lens of craft distilleries.

Published by the American Distilling Institute and now available on Amazon, Distillery Finance explains how to structure a business, interpret financial statements and budget for the future. The book explains accounting theory and offers guidance for practical application, with advice for startups and established producers alike. It also includes interviews and commentary from experienced distillery executives, making it an essential addition to any distillery professional’s bookshelf.

Maria Pearman, CPA, CGMA, has more than 15 years of public accounting experience providing accounting and advisory services to clients. She is an expert in the beverage alcohol industry and specializes in internal accounting processes, financial reviews, budgeting, cash flow forecasting, financial strategy and succession planning.

A proven expert in the beverage alcohol space, Maria sits on the Finance Committee for the Brewers Association, the nation’s largest industry organization for craft brewers and is an Advisory Board member for The Bruery. She has taught courses on beverage alcohol business at the University of Vermont, Portland State University and the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Academy. Her previous book, Small Brewery Finance, was published by the Brewers Association.

About GHJ

GHJ is an accounting and advisory firm that specializes in nonprofit, food and beverage, entertainment and media and health and wellness companies. Ranked as Accounting Today’s “Firm to Watch” and “Top Regional Leader in the West”, an INSIDE Public Accounting Top 200 firm and a top-20 largest accounting firm on the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Book of Lists, GHJ is passionate about helping clients and its people #BeMore by focusing on building thriving businesses and creating a better future.

GHJ works as a business advocate for its clients — providing personalized service and building long-term relationships to help position our clients for growth. Through its affiliation with HLB International, a global network of independent professional accounting firms and business advisers, GHJ is able to partner with other top firms across major cities throughout the U.S. and the world. GHJ’s audit, tax and advisory teams leverage the HLB network to partner with its clients and give clients access to member firms in over 157 countries across the globe.

GHJ has 21 partners and approximately 200 staff members that serve thousands of clients. The Firm is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the AICPA Governmental Audit Quality Center (GAQC), the California Society of CPAs and the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofit).