Category Archives: ABC

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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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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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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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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Uber and Lyft drivers allowed to drink alcoholic beverages but less under new law.

Ride share drivers like Uber and Lyft were allowed by California law to drive with the same amount of alcohol in their bloodstreams as non-commercial drivers, i.e., 0.08 percent.  Under a new law that went into effect on July 1, … Continue reading

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