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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.

TTB Issues New FAQ Clarifying Hemp Policy

In a recently-posted Advertising, Labeling and Formulation FAQ A29, the Tax and Trade Bureau details its policy on the use of Federally-designated controlled substances, including marijuana.

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NC Craft Freedom Lawsuit Heads to Trial

A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of North Carolina’s self-distribution and franchise provisions has been allowed to proceed to trial following a Wake County Superior Court ruling against the state’s motion to dismiss. Following the …More

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Brewers Make Their Voice Heard in Washington, D.C.

On May 31, 120 brewers, brewery owners, employees and state guild representatives descended on Washington, D.C., to advocate on behalf of the country’s small and independent brewers.

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Vermont Passes Franchise Reform

Vermont has now joined the ranks of a select number of states that have actively considered and implemented changes to the franchise laws which govern the relationships between brewers and distributors, providing small brewer provisions …More

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Vermont Franchise Bill Sent to Governor

Sent to the Governor for action, H.B. 710 would create an exception to the beer franchise law for certificate of approval holders and manufacturers of malt beverages that manufacture or distribute not more than 50,000 …More

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Kansas Contract Brewing Bill Signed into Law

Signed by the Governor, H.B. 2470 allows microbreweries to contract with other microbreweries for production and packaging of beer and hard cider; provides for the sale of domestic beer in refillable containers; allows licensed microbrewers …More

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Under 21 Drinking Age Legislation Pulled

Withdrawn from committee consideration, S.B. 492 sought to allow those nineteen to twenty-one years of age to purchase alcohol under a certificate program that would require parental permission and the completion of educational course.

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MA Distributor Cleared in Trade Practice Case

The state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) has handed down a decision absolving wholesaler August A. Busch & Co. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of brewer Anheuser-Busch) from a charge of violating the prohibition on giving a …More

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