Monthly Archives: March 2015

Ask a Craft Alcoholic Beverage Attorney: Brewery Record-Keeping Requirements, Common Recordkeeping Mistakes and Best Practices

By Tracy Jong, Craft Beverage Attorney Ryan is in his second year at Slapshot Brewing. Since the first day he opened, he has barely had time to rest. His beers were popular with friends and family, but he could not … Continue reading

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Scottish Ales are Worth Exploring – -visit Knucklehead Brewery

Wondering about Scottish ales? They are worth exploring! Scottish ales are generally heavier than IPAs and lighter than Guinness. They carry a higher ABV than session beers, generally having 8-10% ABV content. Critics report that they have a surprisingly light … Continue reading

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Vermouth Sales by Farm Distilleries

Another lawyer described some confusion in the New York law as to whether a farm distillery could offer tastings and sell NYS labelled Vermouth by the glass. The Authority has clarified that they can, and that any farm manufacturer can … Continue reading

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Contrary to What You May Have Heard, Farm Breweries Need an On-Premise License to Sell NY Wine by the Glass

In speaking with farm brewers, I have learned that the Authority has given inconsistent answers on whether they can serve wine by the glass at the brewery without an additional on-premise license. I understand some local distributors will sell wine … Continue reading

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Farm Breweries Can Buy NY Wine Directly From NY Wineries

At a seminar I recently attended, a farm brewery said that he had been told that if a winery uses a distributor, it could not also sell wine to other wholesalers or retailers. This is not true: Farm wineries can … Continue reading

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Brewery + Distillery = YES!

Another lawyer speaking at a seminar described some confusion in the New York farm manufacturer laws on the issue of whether a farm brewery and a farm distillery can be co-located. The Authority has clarified that they can be located … Continue reading

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Craft (farm) Alcoholic Beverage Producer Off-Site Tastings

You need a marketing permit to do tastings away from your brewery, winery or cidery. You may apply for a one time or a three year permit. It is an online application and you can probably do it without using … Continue reading

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Tax Fraud Is More Common Than You’d Think

An area furniture store owner accused of pocketing sales tax that should have been turned over to the state was charged with tax evasion. In the restaurant and bar industry, the narrow margins often lead to financial distress and the … Continue reading

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New Chain Mexican Restaurant Opens In Rochester Area, Showing Strength Of Rochester Market For Casual Restaurants

Mesa Grande Taqueria opened at the Perinton Square Mall offering an alternative to Chipotle by offering Mexican inspired freshly prepared entrees. “Rochester is a thriving city with tremendous potential, and we’re excited about the opportunity to bring something new and … Continue reading

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Anheuser-Busch partnering with Smirnoff and Barcardi for new malt beverages!

Anheuser-Busch will join Smirnoff and Bacardi by launching Bud Light Mixx Tail, a cocktail flavored malt beverage. These “Mixx Tails” will expand its Lime-A-Rita line of beer alternatives. These higher alcohol (8%) sweeter drinks appeal to Millennials and younger drinkers … Continue reading

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