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If You Pay-to-Play, You Could Really….Well….PAY!

“According to the offer, the distributor “allegedly paid ‘slotting fees’ by furnishing things of value to various retailers in order to obtain favorable product placement and shelf space in violation of the tied house and/or exclusive outlet provisions of the Federal Alcohol Administration Act.”  To add insult to injury, the distributor was recently sued by […]

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Here’s why Oklahoma’s liquor law changes won’t be in effect for nearly 2 years

“The new alcohol laws don’t take effect until Oct. 1, 2018. With the passage of State Question 792, an accompanying measure, Senate Bill 383, goes into effect. The nearly two-year lag is intentional. The plan, legislators who wrote the bill said, was to allow time to work out unforeseen issues and allow dry Oklahoma counties […]

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Utah stands virtually alone in rule banning sales of full-strength beer at grocery stores

“Utah is part of an ever-shrinking slice of the country that bans full-strength beer at grocery stores, and as another state abandons those limits some in the beer industry worry that Utah could be left in the cold as big breweries limit or even halt production of low-alcohol beers. Making the lighter booze requires extra […]

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Oklahoma beer vote passes and it could have an impact on 3.2 beer in Utah

“Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly voted in favor of State Question 792, which allows for wine and full-strength beer to be sold in grocery and convenience stores. The measure goes into effect in 2018, FOX 13 sister-station KFOR in Oklahoma City reported.  “DABC is aware of the Oklahoma passage of the initiative to allow heavy beer and […]

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Voters approve State Question 792 to modernize Oklahoma liquor laws

“Under Question 792, grocery stores will be able to sell wine and strong beer beginning in 2018. The constitutional amendment approved Tuesday also gives the state permission to sell drinks in state lodges. Many grocery stores, wineries, breweries and chambers of commerce supported the measure. Liquor store operators warned that hundreds of package stores could […]

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Florida, Craft Beer and Presidential Politics

“Florida’s vote matters. With this in mind, I thought it would be fun to learn a little more about the state and its growing craft brewing scene prior to the election. BA chief economist Bart “Doc” Watson kindly provided this interactive map of all the breweries in Florida coded with the political affiliation of their representative […]

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Florida Guild Helps Pass Law Allowing Brewery Directional Signs

“Due to the recent growth in the number of Florida breweries and the associated expense of the signs, however, the Florida Department of Transportation did require the new law provide some base qualifications breweries must meet in order to request this new signage. In order to qualify, a brewery must product a minimum of 2,500 […]

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State Question 792 proposes major alcohol law changes (OK)

“If State Question 792 passes, then grocery and convenience stores would be able to sell wine, which has a maximum of 15 percent alcohol content, and strong beer. Selling hours would be adjusted slightly, with sales starting at 7 a.m. rather than 6 a.m. Although liquor stores would still be open for only six days […]

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Steeple skirmish? SW Mich. brewery locked in trademark dispute with Pittsburgh company

“Infante predicts that Beer Church Brewing and The Church Brew Works will reach some type of agreement outside of court, especially given that both are licensed as brewpubs and cannot distribute or sell their products outside of their respective states.  Ultimately, the trademark dispute marks another example of how crucial it is for new brewers […]

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Employment Law – Election Day Reminders (CA)

“Political discussions can often turn into heated shouting matches, and also can lead to concerns about workplace bullying, retaliation, or discrimination. Many workplaces have chosen to adopt “no political activity” policies as a result. These are generally permitted, so long as you include appropriate carve-outs for protected rights. You can ban the following: 1) Solicitations […]

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Massachusetts Treasurer’s Office Readies Task Force to Examine Alcohol Laws

““According to the treasurer’s office, it will be an autonomous body, free of all control, including the long reach of Bill Kelley and the wholesalers and the brewers,” John Connell, a Boston-based alcohol attorney who represents clients across all three tiers of the industry, told a room of more than 150 beer industry professionals attending […]

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Municipal Association calls for changes in craft brewing laws (GA)

“During the legislative delegation meeting with commissioners the Georgia Municipal Association said it’s time to reconsider state laws on micro-breweries. Riverwatch Brewery opened  this year in Augusta  but faces state restrictions on how it operates. The law doesn’t allow the brewery to sell beer on site or serve food. The G-M-A says that hurts the […]

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