Label approvals backed-up and uncertain.

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Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau website

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). Continue reading

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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. 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 can be found in Sections 25621.5 and 26070.2 of the Business and Professions Code. Continue reading

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Impacts of elimination of tip credit in DC debated

Only seven states and one territory require that tipped workers receive the same minimum wage as other workers: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington State, and Guam.  Other states allow what is called a “tip credit” against the minimum wage, i.e., their tips are considered part of their wage for purposes of minimum wage.  Needless to say, the District of Columbia has not been one of those states. However, in June 2018, DC voters passed an initiative raising the minimum wage of tipped workers to $15.  Continue reading

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Zoning and Breweries

Zoning is one of the stickiest issues I run into when it comes to new businesses, but particularly those businesses which fall into the “industrial use” category, as breweries often do.  Not only will zoning determine whether the business is an “allowed use” in a particular location, but even if it is an allowed use, zoning regulations may also specify the extent of activities that are allowed.   Moreover, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control will require a form that shows your use is allowed.   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, 2018, that bloodstream tolerance limit has been reduced to 0.04%. Continue reading

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D.C.’s War Over Restaurant Tips Will Soon Go National – CityLab

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