Category Archives: breweries

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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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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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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California brewery license types

There are four basic brewery licenses in California.   The descriptions of brewery license types below are straight from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). 

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Does Selling Growlers Leave Customers Susceptible to Open Container Violation?

Growlers:  Branding them can make for great marketing.  Holding events around them can develop a loyal customer base.  For smaller breweries, they can be the only cost-effective way to allow your established customers to share your drink with others.  These … Continue reading

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