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The most recent changes to the liquor code will mostly impact the way distributors (including importing distributors) do business.  The new provisions will allow them to sell in smaller quantities, including individual bottles and even growler fills.  A more detailed summary is provided below: Cheers, Ken  

Another Round on the House!

Thursday, 27 October 2016 by

Well, well, well, another round of significant changes to the Liquor Code in less than a few months.  The Legislature passed HB 1196 last night, and we are now waiting for Governor Wolf to sign the law into effect, which is anticipated to happen very soon  (http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/10/viva_la_six-pack_gov_tom_wolf.html#incart_2box_politics). We were surprised by Act 39 and how

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Wine growlers to go?

Friday, 09 September 2016 by

We are starting to see businesses adjust to the recent changes to the liquor code.  Of course, the wine expanded permits, which allow certain retail licensees to sell wine to go, have received a lot of press.  I’ve also seen a number of brewpubs, distilleries, and wineries take advantage of the ability to cross-sell each

In early June, Pennsylvania went from having little to no chance of meaningful liquor law reform to having one of the most comprehensive updates to the Liquor Code in decades.  In about 24 hours, House Bill 1690 went from a complete stall to passage and signing by the Governor — not even gossip travels that

We have been fielding a lot of questions this week from breweries regarding the change in regulations allowing pints to be served on the brewery premises.  Many of the questions were related to breweries determining whether it is still beneficial to keep their brew pub licenses.  There are certainly pros and cons, and the LCB

We broke the news this past Friday that the regulation allowing Pennsylvania breweries to sell beer for consumption on-site without the need for a brew pub or other liquor license was going to become law on Saturday, May 30, 2015. We have been following this regulation closely since we first discovered it was being proposed

Pardon the Jay-Z reference. A few weeks ago, a Texas brewery made the craft brew news headlines by offering a 99-pack of beer.  Austin Beerworks released a limited supply of the 99-pack of  its “Anytime Ale” for those occasions where you and your friends need a few dozen more beers than the typical case provides. 

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It is hard to believe that it has already been nearly a year since the government shutdown prevented brewers and other alcohol manufacturers from receiving label approvals and permits, among other necessary documents.  In light of the backlog of Certificates of Label Approval (COLAs) created by the shutdown, questions arose as to whether certain breweries

For the past few weeks in the world of beer law, discussion of trademark infringement took a back seat to a fast-moving legislative battle brewing in Florida.  What started out as a bill aimed at allowing breweries to legally fill 64 oz. growlers (and I thought Pa.’s alcohol laws were odd), quickly morphed into a

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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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