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by Robert C. Lehrman | on January 24, 2019 Atlas Brew Works sued the United States on January 15, 2019 in the DC District Court. Atlas is a brewer based in Washington, DC and argued that the law does not allow the government to, at the same time, require a label approval for beer, when the shutdown makes it impossible to obtain such an approval. As of this writing, Google has 48,600 articles about the…
by Robert C. Lehrman | on January 12, 2019 TTB has been shut for 22 days now. This is the longest in anyone’s memory, or ever. Few things are more heavily regulated than booze in America, so the impacts are correspondingly severe. Labels. Anyone with a login can submit labels as per normal. But nobody is going to review or approve them until TTB reopens. This is hundreds of beer, wine and spirits labels normally…
by Robert C. Lehrman | on November 5, 2018 The Craft Beverage Modernization Act has been big, good and not so confusing news for U.S.-produced alcohol beverages for about a year already. But when it comes to imported products, there has been lots of confusion, anxiety, and waiting. A lot of this, however, is coming into focus in recent weeks. Last month Customs released this document, to explain how the reduced tax rates will…
by Robert C. Lehrman | on October 29, 2018 Politics is everywhere lately, and TTB labels are no exception. When I was out in Kentucky last week, somebody showed me the Impeach label. This prompted me to look around for other noteworthy Trump-related labels — pro and con. I was surprised to find not very many MAGA-related labels. I was also surprised to find the rather acerbic label at the right above. I…
by Robert C. Lehrman | on September 6, 2018 A few weeks ago Virginia Lawyers Weekly recognized our busy, growing beer law practice. The August 13th article, by Matthew Chaney, covered the rise of Virginia brewing in general, and featured our beer law practice. The article noted: “A big change happened in 2012 when Virginia changed their rules to allow brewery tasting rooms to serve full pours of beer for on-premise consumption,” said Daniel J.…
by Robert C. Lehrman | on August 6, 2018 In 10 years and 579 posts we’ve covered so many things approved by TTB. Today, and in the near future, we will mix it up and try to cover “basic” things not approved by TTB. First up, the Non-GMO butterfly seal, as above. LabelVision shows precisely zero label approvals, with this seal. This is the sort of thing LabelVision would pick up right away, because it’s…
by Robert C. Lehrman | on July 9, 2018 A few months ago, an industry newsletter brought news of Baby Mouse Wine and other delicacies oddities from around the world. Since then, the email has been clogging up my inbox, as I attempt to track down this libation. The article was originally in Forbes and had this to say about the mouse wine: Like the name suggests, this is a rice wine containing baby mice.…
by Daniel Christopherson | on June 27, 2018 Several wineries in the Commonwealth of Virginia are not federally registering their wine brands as trademarks. We compared the number of wineries in all 50 states (and the District of Columbia) to the number of federal wine trademark applications/registrations, and here are the results. As you will see, while Virginia comes in eighth place among all states regarding the total number of wineries (360 wineries according
by John D. Messinger | on June 22, 2018 In late 2017, Congress passed the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA) as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The CBMTRA cut the Federal Excise Tax (FET) on distilled spirits from $13.50 a proof gallon to $2.70 a proof gallon for the first 100,000 proof gallons (approximately 52,631 9-liter cases of 80 proof spirits) removed from bond for consumption…