Category Archives: Liquor Stores

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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Sensory Tasting-Learning in a glass

Producing craft beverages is an art. Brew masters, cider masters, wine makers and distillers can modify the production process conditions and add ingredients to produce unique flavor profiles. Like a chef, they experiment to create that perfect recipe and taste … Continue reading

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Liquor Stores Take Note

 Liquor Stores Take Note Counsel for the New York State Liquor Authority, advised me in writing that there is no restriction against selling wine or liquor below wholesale prices nor is there a restriction on use of the word “free” … Continue reading

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What the Liquor Authority Looks For When Reviewing Liquor Store Applications

What the Liquor Authority Looks for When Reviewing Liquor Store Applications A license to sell liquor and wine at retail for off-premises consumption is commonly referred to as a “package store license”. Section 63 of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law … Continue reading

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Aluminum Bottles Can Be a Great Asset for Brand Differentiation, Trade Dress and Bottom Line Cost Savings

Glass bottles are the legacy of the alcoholic beverage industry but they have well known drawbacks: Heavy Fragile Space inefficient Lower recycle rates, especially for colored glass Higher transportation costs Making a splash in the product packaging world is the … Continue reading

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New York Continues to Change It’s Laws to Promote NY Craft Beverage Manufacturers and Retailers

New York continues to change its laws to promote NY craft beverage manufacturers and retailers. New laws are on the horizon. Let’s look at what to expect in 2016: A new law will allow restaurants and bars to sell alcoholic … Continue reading

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Latest Revisions to Liquor Store Applications

The Authority has revised the Liquor Store and Wine Store application to assist applicants in providing more complete and accurate information and complying with all mandatory requirements. The primary changes include: a revision to the application checklist to verify compliance … 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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ABC’s of Celebrity Booze Endorsements

Endorsements from celebrities can boost sales of craft beverage products.  This success rate has prompted several celebrities to create their own booze brands.  Just to name a few: Justin Timberlake- Co-founded 901 Tequila. Dan Aykroyd – Crystal Head Vodka Dave … Continue reading

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