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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.

Vermont Franchise Bill Signed by Governor

Signed by the Governor, H.B. 710 creates 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 barrels of malt …More

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U.S. Ends Exemptions on Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

The Trump administration announced that the temporary exemptions that were in place for Canada, Mexico and the European Union have been rescinded making the 25% steel and 10% aluminum tariffs on unmanufactured materials effective June …More

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TTB Releases Guidance on Beer Storage

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has issued Industry Circular 2018-3 providing guidance for proprietors who wish to “alternate” their premises in a way that varies from TTB requirements for the purpose …More

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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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