Author Archives: William Adams

About William Adams

Attorney at Norton, Moore, & Adams, LLP.

New law allows fruity brewing

A new California law signed by Gov. Newsom on July 9, 2019 expands the definition of beer under California, which carries with it certain tax benefits and other advantages. Using fruit in the fermentation process or aging in wine barrels … Continue reading

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Cannabis beverage boundaries in the news

Cannabis products in alcoholic beverages is prohibited under both federal law and California law. That includes even non-narcotic industrial hemp or CBD. However, some businesses are moving forward dealcoholized wine and beer products, replacing the alcohol effect on mood and … Continue reading

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Blood alcohol content bill would make California only state to match Utah’s law.

In California, a bill (AB-1723) is pending that would lower the legal driving blood alcohol content (BAC) limit from 0.8% to 0.5%.  Only Utah currently has a blood alcohol law with a limit that low, although similar bills have been … Continue reading

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Does “Sober Curious” identify a new drink trend?

Vox recently published an article that was part book review and part trend spotting.  The book is Sober Curious: The Blissful Sleep, Greater Focus, Limitless Presence, and Deep Connection Awaiting Us All on the Other Side of Alcohol by Ruby Warrington … Continue reading

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Distilled spirits maker ABC license types

On the heels of the craft brewing explosion came a smaller craft beverage revolution: Craft distillers.  Suddenly, the California Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control (“ABC”) saw applications for license types that rarely see new applications.  For those unfamiliar with alcoholic … Continue reading

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Updates to ABC brewery license descriptions:

I wrote about the three basic types of brewery licenses in California.  However, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control updates it’s descriptions periodically.  These licenses are known as “non-retail” licenses (except for the type 75).  In other words, they are … Continue reading

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Cannabis infused beer?

At least two manufacturers are infusing Cannabis (including THC) into beer.  Combining alcohol and cannabis product – even those without cannabis – is illegal in California.  I wrote about the new law in October last year.  So how are these … Continue reading

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Label approvals backed-up and uncertain.

According to news reports, obtaining approval for labels for new alcoholic beverage products from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is still problematic even though the government shutdown has ended (at least for three weeks).

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New Beer and Alcoholic Beverage Label Applications Shutdown during Government Shutdown

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB), a division of the the U.S. Department of the Treasury, has furloughed much of its work force because of President Trump’s refusal to pass a budget without southern border wall funding.

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Never the twain shall meet? – alcoholic beverages and cannabis topic of new law

A new law in California prohibits the sale or manufacture of beverages that mix cannabis (aka marijuana, weed, pot, etc.) and “cannabis products” with alcohol.  Assembly Bill No. 2914 was signed into law by Gov. Brown on Sept. 27, 2018.  It … Continue reading

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