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On December 20, 2017, Congress passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act. Learn more about how this bill could affect your brewery.

New Jersey Tasting Room Regs on Hold

The state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) issued a ruling intended to clarify certain abilities of limited brewery licensees (up to 300,000 barrels annual production) and attempted to strike a balance between the interests …More

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PA Tasting Room Sales Tax Regs Delayed

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has extended the effective date of its Sales and Use Tax Bulletin 2018-02 concerning taxation on the sale of malt or brewed beverages by manufacturers until July 1, 2019. …More

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Alcohol-Cannabis Prohibitions Enacted in CA

Signed into law, A.B. 2914 prohibits an alcoholic beverage licensee from selling, offering, or providing cannabis or cannabis products, including the sale of an alcoholic beverage that contains cannabis, and clarifies existing law banning alcoholic …More

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TTB Issues Reduced Excise Tax Rate Guidance

The Tax and Trade Bureau issued Industry Circular 2018-5 addressing certain scenarios where two or more domestic industry members would be treated as a “single taxpayer” and how this affects their eligibility to claim the …More

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U.S. Supreme Court to Review State Residency Requirements

The U.S. Supreme Court has granted a petition filed by the Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association to review conflicting lower court decisions, the most recent of which invalidated Tennessee’s two-year residency requirement for retail …More

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U.S. Court Rules on Direct Shipping

A U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan decision has authorized out-of-state retailers to sell and ship wine directly to Michigan consumers, granting those retailers the same direct-to-consumer privileges extended to in-state retailers …More

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Changes to CA Brewpub License Become Law

Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 1283 would revise the definition of brewpub-restaurant license to require that the licensed premises have a minimum 7-barrel commercial brewing system located permanently onsite, that is capable of producing …More

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California Advertising Prohibitions Eased

Signed by the Governor, A.B. 2452 revises various advertising prohibitions for alcohol licensees when conducting instructional events at a retailer’s location, to, among other things, allow for pictures, illustrations, and depictions of the retailer’s premises …More

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