The short answer is that the Liquor Code requires it.  Alcoholic Cider is generally defined by the Liquor Code as a drink produced from the fermentation of any fruit or juice that does not exceed 5.5% ABV.  Any drink made from fruit containing more than 5.5% ABV is considered wine in Pennsylvania.  So what’s the

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Although craft beer generates a lot of buzz regarding its substantial growth, the hottest segment of the alcohol industry is probably cider.  Cider is still low man on the marketplace totem pole, but consider this:  for 2013, cider volume (as measured by restaurant and bar orders) grew by roughly 49%, while craft beer grew by

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Tavern Gaming Licenses Are Not a Winner

Thursday, 20 February 2014 by

A few weeks ago, we wrote an article about the new Tavern Gaming License that is available to certain liquor licensees.  As you could probably tell from the tone of our article, we were not enthusiastic about these licenses.  Apparently, we weren’t the only ones as the Patriot News is reporting today that since January

One of the big issues facing Pennsylvania breweries when they are creating their business plans or just starting out is how to promote their beer and get it into other places.   By virtue of its brewery license, a PA brewery can self-distribute its beer by selling to other licensed entities, including restaurants and distributors.  A

On November 27, 2013, Governor Corbett signed Act 90 of 2013 (“Act”) into law, which permits certain liquor licensees to obtain a Tavern Gaming License (“Gaming License”).  The Gaming License allows the licensee to conduct limited small games of chance on its premises.  While this creates an opportunity to increase revenue and provide additional entertainment

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board would probably never be voted “Most Popular” state agency.  Obviously, there are a lot of criticisms hurled its way; however, one thing I think it does better than most state agencies is it provides good access to its information, especially legal information.  For example, on its website it provides links

There are two bills currently being contemplated on Capital Hill that could cut taxes for brewers – the Small Brew Act and the BEER Act.   The reason there are two bills boils down to the simple fact that, while both aim to reduce the excise tax for brewers, the Small Brew Act would significantly decrease the federal excise

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Topsail Brewing Company out of Fairfax County, Virginia is the latest brewery that is re-branding itself after becoming aware of a potential trademark dispute.  Topsail has changed its name to Fair Winds Brewing.  According to its new website, apparently as it was proceeding with a potential trademark registration for Topsail, another brewery based in Oregon informed

Thanksgiving Beer Menu

Monday, 25 November 2013 by

Grabbing a cup of coffee and sitting down with the family to watch the Macy’s parade has been a long-standing family tradition for Thanksgiving morning.  This year, I’m starting a new tradition – instead of figuring out how to fit three plates of food on a single plate, I’m using one brewery’s line-up to combine

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“Location! Location! Location!”  For alcohol manufacturers, their location is often determined by resources – be it water, grapes, or grains.  Tradition, heritage, and a desired terroir (to get fancy) can also play a role in location.  One thing to never underestimate though in finding a location for your operation is the neighbors.  The Alchemist Brewery in Vermont

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