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Privatization Bill Amended in Pennsylvania Senate

Stripped of its privatization provisions in the Senate after passing the House, House Bill 1690 now provides for, among many provisions, expanded wine and liquor permits for restaurant-hotel licensees, the creation of the Pennsylvania Malt …More

Brewers Association

TTB Ingredient Exemption Petition Approved

In response to a second Brewers Association request to the Tax and Trade Bureau regarding formula exemption for commonly used ingredients in the brewing process, TTB issued Ruling 2015-1, Ingredients and Processes Used in the …More

Brewers Association

Alcohol Included in Updated Dietary Guidelines

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture have released the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The guidelines include a section devoted to alcohol, specifically addressing, among other issues, moderate consumption with an …More

Brewers Association

Hard Cider Definition Altered

A provision included in the tax extenders legislation passed by Congress broadened the definition of hard cider, increasing the allowable alcohol content to 8.5% abv (from 7% abv), increasing the allowable carbonation level to 6.4 …More

Brewers Association

Federal Highway Bill Funds Impaired Driving Initiatives

The recently passed federal highway funding measure includes over $21 million for the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) program for development of in-car alcohol detection sensors/ignition interlocks and about $3 million for 24/7 …More

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Cold Beer Sales Restriction Upheld in Indiana

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has denied the appeal of a district court decision which upheld a state law denying grocery and convenience stores the ability to sell cold packaged beer. …More

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