Tag Archives: craft beer

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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The Top Fifty Craft Breweries of 2016

The Brewers Association released its annual lists of breweries – two lists: Craft breweries and overall breweries. The lists can be found here:  Top Fifty

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Starting a Craft Brewery- Part 4 – business structure and distribution

Part 1 of this series discussed state licensing for establishing a brewery.  Part 2 discussed municipal and county regulations for a new brewery.  Part 3 discussed the process to receive federal permits, labeling requirements, and brewer’s bonds.  Part 4 will … Continue reading

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Tasty food at brewery tasting rooms

  Brewery tasting rooms without kitchens have given rise to symbiotic relationships with nearby restaurants and other types of food vendors. This mobile BBQ vendor next to Mission Brewery in downtown San Diego served up some mighty fine BBQ. 

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Duplicate Licenses for Breweries

Prior to Sept. 29, 2014, California breweries had the ability to open “branch” locations on an expedited basis.  These branch locations could sell the brewery’s beer to the public but could not make beer.  A brewery with a type 1 … Continue reading

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What is Deemed Approved?

A 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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Beer Tasting Room Bill Now Law

The California legislature has passed a bill by San Diego Assemblyman (and Mayoral candidate) Nathan Fletcher that would allow beer brewers to have beer tasting rooms without satisfying onerous regulations applicable to restaurants, much of which pertain to food service.

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