Category Archives: On-premises licenses

Brewery Compensation

As you build your brewing business, you will ultimately hire employees to help you with the daily operations workload. There will be employees working on the brewing side, helping in making the beer. Then there will be sales employees who … Continue reading

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Can Event Space Add New Revenue Streams to Your Bottom Line?

Craft breweries are popping up everywhere. As competition increases, breweries will need ways to differentiate themselves in their market. They will also need to identify new revenue sources with new and different products and services, especially ones that utilize the … Continue reading

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The Legal Issues with Distillery Barrel Programs

Craft distilleries are often interested in introducing barrel programs. These can be a regulatory quagmire because distilleries generally can’t sell at retail to the public in the three-tier system. Distillery owners see others doing it but just don’t know how … Continue reading

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New York Farm Distilleries Have Advantage in Barrel Programs

Craft distilleries are often interested in introducing barrel programs. These can be a regulatory quagmire because distilleries generally can’t sell at retail to the public in the three-tier system. Distillery owners see others doing it but just don’t know how … Continue reading

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Lessons from the State Liquor Authority (SLA)

The new Liquor Authority administration has started strong. There are 5 lessons licensees, practitioners, and applicants should learn from the recent activity: Applications are more likely to be disapproved if incomplete or unclear on any issues. The goal to decrease … Continue reading

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Extensions of Premises

Extensions of Premises At establishments with an on-premises license, the sale and consumption of alcohol must be confined to the area that has been licensed by the Authority. The licensee needs to be aware of whether outside areas such as … Continue reading

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Food Availability for On-Premises Consumption

 I see a lot of craft beverage producers don’t have food in the tasting room but they sell by the glass to drink at the tasting room. Are you sure food is required? For on-premises consumption at any craft beverage … Continue reading

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How do I know if I should apply for a tavern or restaurant license?

How do I know if I should apply for a tavern or restaurant license? The same application is filed for both tavern and restaurant licenses. Selecting the wrong license type and code on page 1 of the retail application can … Continue reading

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One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to contracts

Many employers download “standard” employment agreements from internet resources to use in their employee on-boarding process.  In fact, some payroll service providers provide subscriptions to online forms collections as a value add to their payroll services. These agreements can lead … Continue reading

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Bottle trade dress

Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head Vodka sued Elements Spirits for making a similar skull shaped tequila bottle with the KAH Day of the Dead Tequila brand.  The bottle design is a protected trade dress since it serves as an indicator of … Continue reading

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