Monthly Archives: March 2014

When “Pub Poker”

Poker games or tournaments do not constitute prohibited gambling for liquor licensees. Several bars in the area are participating in “Pub Poker.” A client recently asked if the vendor’s representation that it was sanctioned by the Liquor Authority was true. … Continue reading

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New Minimum Inventory Standards for Grocery Stores Selling Beer- Slightly Eases the Restrictions for Small Convenience Stores

The Liquor Authority interprets the definition of “grocery store” to mean a business that devotes at least 50% of its public floor space exclusively to the display of “consumer commodities.” To qualify for a grocery license, the retailer must have … Continue reading

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What exactly is a malt beverage?

There is not a separate definition for malt beverages in the New York Alcohol Beverage Control Law. Malt beverages are included within the definition of “Beer”: any fermented beverages of any name or description manufactured from malt, wholly or in … Continue reading

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Aid to Wineries with Cold-weather Damage

The polar vortex has brought record-low temperatures. This winter will be the worst for grapes since 2004. The cold snap and rapid temperature variations could result in major damage to the buds of the 2014 grape crop in New York … Continue reading

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Two Views on the Impact of the Minimum Wage Increase

There is merit on both sides of the minimum wage issue. Supporters of raising the federal minimum wage to $10.20 per hour argue it will increase productivity, lower employee turnover and increase wages for 28 million workers. Critics contend that … Continue reading

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President Obama to sign an order to reduce wait time for exporting goods.

President Obama will sign an executive order that will significantly reduce the wait time for businesses exporting goods and services outside the USA. This will help New York winery efforts to enter foreign markets. New York wines are gaining international … Continue reading

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Major Domestic Brewery Exhibits Innovation in Packaging

BUD LITE has introduced a re-closable 16 ounce aluminum bottle branded the “Cool Twist.” The packaging cost Budweiser $150 million in development costs. The international powerhouse invested a significant amount of money on the innovative and trendy packaging to position … Continue reading

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Who can manufacture and sell hard cider in New York State?

Hard cider can be manufactured in New York State by licensed cider producers, farm wineries, and farm brewers. All retail licensees (bars, restaurants, grocery, liquor stores, etc) have the right, without the need for any additional permit or license, to … Continue reading

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Affordable New York Wines

At a New York Restaurant Association fundraiser, I discovered a tasting table for Bellangelo and FLX wines by Bellangelo. These are quality New York table wine products. I am a red wine lover and Finger Lakes wineries primarily excel at … Continue reading

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