Category Archives: Hot Topics: Liquor Law & Licensing

Negligence With The Retail Sale Of Alcohol

When you think about the responsibility that comes with serving alcohol, you would expect there to be laws in place that allow injured people to sue an establishment that serves alcohol if that establishment was irresponsible with its sales. Thankfully, … Continue reading

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Beware of Employee Agreements

  Many employees sign confidentiality and non-compete agreements when accepting a new job. While the stack of on-boarding paperwork for a new job seems routine, the obligations included in these non-compete agreements are anything but routine. Employees must carefully understand … Continue reading

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Profit Tip For Breweries

Profit Tip to breweries: Hops infused oil adds a depth of flavor to sandwiches, salads and other foods to perfectly complement craft beer. Farm breweries are permitted to sell agriculture and tourism related products. Hops infused oils offer a perfect … Continue reading

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New York Soft Pouch Beer & Wine

There are many options for packaging craft beverages these days. The use of soft pouches is attractive from a cost perspective and it provides a great branding opportunity. Visually distinctive product packaging is key for prospective customers to find your … Continue reading

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Is Your Craft Beverage Production Facility In Compliance With the Clean Water Act?

D.G. Yuengling and Son Inc. settled with the EPA relating to 141 alleged Clean Water Act (CWA) violations where it will pay $2.8 million in fines. The Pennsylvania brewery will pay $2.8 million penalty, plus approximately $7 million in promised … Continue reading

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What to do if your building has more than one legal address

The Authority is now requiring that the address appearing on the license, bond and lease match the 911 system and the deed for the property. This can be confusing when it differs from the mailing address for the leased premises. … Continue reading

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Alternating Proprietorship and Participation of Host in Tenant’s Operations

If I have an alternating proprietorship, Can I use the host’s staff as independent contractors to assist me in alcoholic beverage production? Yes, as long as the written agreement between the Host and Tenant provides for this situation and it … Continue reading

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Good Summer Read

   Leane Itale introduced Susan Cheever’s Drinking In America: Our Secret History. I will be reading it this summer and hope you will join me. I love the tidbits about the role of alcohol in historical events. Her researched factual … Continue reading

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3 Ways Restaurants Can Use Technology to Combat the $15 Minimum Wage Increase

Beer walls like Ruins Pub in Kansas City Automated cocktail dispensing machines like Tended Bar Tableside or kiosk automated ordering and payment systems These touch screen technologies appeal to customers because they don’t have to wait for servers to place … Continue reading

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Money Making Idea

Working with a lot of craft and microbreweries, I am often asked about adding event space, additional bar space and outdoor seating. The good news is that business is brisk enough to justifying adding more functional space to service more … Continue reading

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