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Make the best of your quarantine down-time and pick up the latest issue of Craft Spirits magazine. Therein you can read all about the most common legal issues that take distillers away from producing and marketing spirits. The above article appears in the April 2020 issue of ACSA’s new magazine, at page 62. The article is written by long-time beverage law veteran Art DeCelle. An excerpt is below and you can find the whole…
  TTB has closed its lab, according to a TTB Newsletter of yesterday. This further fallout from the pandemic could have a strong and negative impact on saké and flavored vodka imports. Saké and flavored vodka are among the small number of alcohol beverage categories that have been stuck with a lab analysis requirement, during the formula and label review and approval process. TTB said: In response to state and local stay-at-home orders, and…
TTB published a beast of a proposal, in late 2018, to radically transform the labeling and advertising rules for most alcohol beverages. On April 2, 2020, TTB published a substantially scaled back version of this proposal, as a final rule. The final rule makes quite a few important changes. The below list attempts to highlight some of the most important changes and observations. 1. The new rules take effect on May 4, 2020. 2.…
As an additional response to the burdens that COVID-19 is placing on alcohol beverage industry members, TTB has issued Industry Circular 2020-2. The Circular postpones several filing and due dates where the original date falls on or after March 1, 2020 through July 1, 2020. TTB published the Circular on March 31. Per the Industry Circular TTB is, among other considerations: Postponing tax payment due dates for wine, beer, and distilled spirits excise taxes.…
As an additional response to the burdens that COVID-19 is placing on alcohol beverage industry members, TTB has issued Industry Circular 2020-2. The Circular postpones several filing and due dates where the original date falls on or after March 1, 2020 through July 1, 2020. TTB published the Circular on March 31. Per the Industry Circular TTB is, among other considerations: Postponing tax payment due dates for wine, beer, and distilled spirits excise taxes.…
While everyone in our industry struggles with the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic, distilled spirits plant (“DSP”) production of hand sanitizer or ethanol (whether denatured or not) for use in hand sanitizer is a particularly important topic. The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) and Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (“TTB”) are issuing guidance on a seemingly daily basis. To that end, TTB released Public Guidance 2020-1A on Thursday March 26, 2020, updating its…
by Marshall Fawley on March 27, 2020 While everyone in our industry struggles with the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic, distilled spirits plant (“DSP”) production of hand sanitizer or ethanol (whether denatured or not) for use in hand sanitizer is a particularly important topic. The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) and Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (“TTB”) are issuing guidance on a seemingly daily basis. To that end, TTB released Public Guidance 2020-1A
Four New Lawyers, With Wide Alcohol Beverage Experience, Join Us Within the Past Three Months We are delighted to announce that we have added two more highly experienced alcohol beverage lawyers in recent days:  Art DeCelle and Marshall Fawley. They join us after many years handling beer, wine and spirits issues at one of the premier alcohol beverage law practices in the U.S. A few weeks earlier, we affiliated with two other of counsel lawyers.…
by Robert C. Lehrman on February 19, 2020 Four New Lawyers, With Wide Alcohol Beverage Experience, Join Us Within the Past Three Months We are delighted to announce that we have added two more highly experienced alcohol beverage lawyers in recent days:  Art DeCelle and Marshall Fawley. They join us after many years handling beer, wine and spirits issues at one of the premier alcohol beverage law practices in the U.S. A few weeks earlier,…
  You probably don’t want to miss John Messinger’s article in the December 2019 issue of Craft Spirits magazine. It’s at page 70 and provides an overview on TTB formula issues relating to distilled spirits. An excerpt is below and you can find the whole article at the link above. Most distillers understand that they must jump through a seemingly never-ending number of hoops to get their products to market. There are federal and…