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From Seltzer and State Laws to Pandemics: Legislative and Government Affairs Update for Small Brewers

CBC Online 2020
Speakers: Marc Sorini

Longtime Brewers Association counsel Marc Sorini provides his annual overview of the year’s developments at the intersection of law and craft beer. Topics this year will include:

  1. New federal resources under COVID-19 relief legislation
  2. The prospects for legal challenges to state alcohol laws following last year’s Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association Supreme Court decision
  3. What alcohol laws might be next for the U.S. Supreme Court?
  4. The legal underpinnings and policy implications of the “hard seltzer” phenomena
  5. Recent distribution law developments, including franchise law legislation and changes to direct-to-consumer shipping rules in light of the COVID-19 crisis 
  6. Updates on the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reduction Act (CBMTRA), trade practice investigations, and TTB’s changes and proposed changes to its labeling and advertising regulations

An engaging speaker, Marc takes seemingly-dry topics and brings them to life, making him one of CBC’s longest-tenured speakers, having spoken at the conference since 1998.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the resources offered to small brewers under recent COVID-19 relief legislation Recognize the implications of the Supreme Court’
  • s Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers decision, particularly on the future of direct-to-consumer sales and shipping Explore the potential for and implications of a hypothetical “
  • next”
  • Supreme Court case Understand that the success of “
  • hard seltzer”
  • derives partially from legal considerations, and how the category might affect future alcohol policy Get up-to-speed on the legal developments of most relevance to small and independent brewers

This seminar was sponsored by:

Blichmann Engineering - Pro Brewing