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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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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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

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

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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