Monthly Archives: October 2014

Is Your Craft Spirit Truly A Craft Product? Here’s How to Tell

Some products advertised as small batch whiskeys have actually been manufactured by contract at a large distillery serving many different brand owners. Midwest Grain Products makes whiskey that is bottled by more than 50 brand owners: same products in different … Continue reading

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Craft Brew Is Your Ticket To Higher Per Table Revenues and Happier Servers

According to Nielson and the Brewer’s Association, a food only check averages $26; food and beer $73; food and craft beer $86.  This is not only higher revenue for the restaurant, but also higher tip income for bartenders and servers. … Continue reading

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Protecting Against Counterfeiting

Counterfeiting is at an all-time high with the internet as a major global retail hub.  The problem with counterfeit goods is that they are usually inferior quality and dilute the brand and its reputation with the consumer as a source … Continue reading

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6 Tips to Make More Money with Premium Spirits

Top shelf or premium brand spirits earn you more money.  But how do you get customers to order these premium spirits? Here are six tips to make more money with premium spirits: Locate your premium spirits at eye level in … Continue reading

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The Advantages of Wines on Tap

Consumers are warming up to wines on tap.  The quality is excellent and it enables them to buy more varieties by the glass.  As an added benefit, the price to the retailer is lower because the high cost of bottling … Continue reading

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Branding is essential for success of craft beverage producers

Drinking craft alcohol is a lifestyle choice for consumers.  Think about customers who drink Starbucks and those who drink Dunkin Donuts or other brands.  Consumer research shows that brand identity motivates purchases, especially in the beverage market.  The beverage brand … Continue reading

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The Controversial Practice of Buy-Backs by Bartenders

Bartenders work for tips, and pleasing customers is a critical skill.  Many bartenders will “buy” customers a drink (“one on the house” or “buy backs”) after three or more drink purchases.  Some industry consultants have a controversial position on this … Continue reading

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Sale of Malt Beverages as Part of Farm Winery License

Farm wineries do not need to apply for an additional license to sell beer at retail for consumption on the premises of a restaurant, B & B, inn, hotel or conference center on or adjacent to the licensed premise. Farm … Continue reading

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New York State Labelled Spirits

Pursuant to Alcoholic Beverage Control Law (“ABCL”) Section 3(20-c), a liquor can be designated as a “New York state labelled liquor” if 75%, by volume, of the fruits, vegetables, grain and grain products, honey, maple sap or other agricultural products … Continue reading

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Record Keeping Requirement for New York Labelled Beer

Section 3 (20-d) of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law (“ABCL”) defines “New York State labelled beer.” Until December 31, 2018, at least 20% (by weight) of the hops, and at least 20% (by weight) of all other ingredients excluding water, … Continue reading

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