Starting a Craft Brewery – The Regulatory Process, Part 2

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Part 1 of this series discussed the State licensing process for establishing a brewery.  However, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (“ABC”) will not issue a license until the applicant can show municipal or County zoning allows a brewery at the chosen location. Continue reading

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Starting a Craft Brewery – The Regulatory Process, Part 1

Huge craft beer selection at Krisp in downtown San DiegoMaking beer in California is regulated by local, state, and federal government agencies. This first of a series of articles examines the state licenses applicable to making and selling beers. The key word here is “making” since there are several additional licenses for persons who simply want to sell beer (or other alcoholic beverages) such as those applicable to restaurants, bars, or distributors.  Additionally,
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What is Deemed Approved?

deemed approvedA number of California cities and counties are adopting “deemed approved” ordinances.  These ordinances target existing grocery stores, liquor stores, and specialty stores, which sell alcoholic beverages to take home (or elsewhere).

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No Fault License Revocation

ABC Penalty Guidelines - narcoticsPerhaps the most insidious way in which a restaurant, bar, or other business with an alcoholic beverage can get its license revoked is when an employee sells illegal drugs.   Continue reading

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The Triple Threat of Applying for the Right to Sell Alcoholic Beverages

The permitting process for any business, but especially those selling alcoholic beverages, can be extremely confusing, expensive, time consuming, different in each locality, and often makes little sense.   Continue reading

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Case Study: How a Bad Regulation is Passed

City of El Cajon Ordinance Alcoholic Beverage SalesOn August 28, 2013, the Mayor and City Council of the City of El Cajon passed a new alcoholic beverage ordinance.  The room was packed.  The various non-profit groups that have popped up with alcohol and tobacco tax funding made sure there was a good turn out to support the ordinance.  Though greatly outnumbered, there were also a number of neighborhood grocery store and liquor store owners and their allies. Continue reading

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Allowable Changes to Approved Wine Labels

wine labelsThis link will take you to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) website page describing the changes you can make to wine labels without getting a new Certificate of Label Approval (COLA)


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