Theodore J. Zeller III

Member | Pennsylvania

Theodore J. Zeller III has extensive experience in liquor law, regulatory licensing, commercial transactions, real estate transactions, and litigation.

Chair of the firm’s Liquor Law Practice Group, Ted was lead counsel in a beer rights case brought against the world’s largest brewers and is now General Counsel to D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc.

Ted’s lobbying efforts helped change various laws under the Pennsylvania Liquor Code. In 2010, Ted testified before the Senate Law and Justice Committee on behalf of Yuengling Brewery concerning House Bill 291, which addresses the distribution of brewed beverages in Pennsylvania.

In 2011, Ted authored portions of two different bills that were enacted into law.  The bills helped small brewers by allowing more efficient and cost effective brand registration, as well as altered the package laws for brewery licenses.  He also appeared before the House Liquor Committee with the Brewers of Pennsylvania in the Privatization Hearings. Most recently, his efforts helped change brewery regulations to allow for taprooms and he authored the Malt Beverage Tax Excise Credit legislation. Further, he has written extensively about Acts 39 and 166.

Ted counsels clients on the acquisition of liquor licenses and coordinates liquor license transactions with other practice areas, such as real estate, business law, financing, tax law, intellectual property, and litigation.  Known throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, he also represents beer interests on a national level and advises breweries and wholesalers on state regulatory matters involving beer distribution and franchise laws. He regularly prepares distribution agreements for his clients and coordinates state and federal licensing for manufacturing and national distribution.

Ted has tried multiple cases in county and federal court, including jury trials, and hundreds of cases before arbitration panels, district justices, and administrative law judges. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Cider Guild and is General Counsel to the Brewers of Pennsylvania and represents alcohol interests in every category. Ted has helped numerous start-up breweries, wineries, distilleries, and retailers.

Ted was named a 2019 Pennsylvania Trailblazer by The Legal Intelligencer and made a cameo appearance in “Undercover Billionaire,” Episode 1 -2, as himself giving advice on how to build a brewery.



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Philly Special Restaurant Reopening Rules

Impacts of COVID-19 Violations on Liquor Licenses in Pennsylvania

USDA Certified Organic Seltzers: One of a Kind?

Pennsylvania’s COVID Christmas Closure 2020

Promising Court Opinions in First Wave of COVID Insurance Loss Claims for Restaurants

New Jersey Restrictions Return for Bars and Restaurants as COVID-19 Cases Increase

Pennsylvania COVID-19 Restaurant Restrictions Remain Fluid

One Step Forward, One Step Back: PA Gov Dances Around COVID Rules for Restaurants

COVID-19 Brings Consumer Convenience to Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Governor Issues Additional Updated Guidance for Hospitality Businesses Conducting In-Person Service (Second Update)

Critical Compliance Tips from Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s Guidance for On-Premise Sales During COVID-19 Crisis

Pennsylvania Taproom and Restaurant Guide to Reopening

Your State Store Won’t but Your Local Breweries Will

TTB Steps Up Amid Crisis—Postpones Excise Tax Filing and Payment Dates

Brewery Operations Can Remain Open: A Coronavirus Update

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Shuts Down Special Orders of Wine and Spirits: A Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Grocery and Convenience Stores’ Beer and Wine Sales: A Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Coronavirus Survival Kit for Breweries and Restaurants

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Delays Brewery Renewals for Malt or Brewed Beverage Reporting Errors

TTB Ramping Up Enforcement Through Internet and Social Media Investigations

Breaking News: New Tax on Pennsylvania Brewery Sales Goes into Effect October 1, 2019

Raise a Glass: Pennsylvania Breweries Avoid Excessive Sales Tax Under New Law

Pennsylvania New Distributor Packages, Slushies, and Food Health Safety Considerations

Important Brewery Sales Tax Update

Pennsylvania Beers Triumph at Great American Beer Festival

Surprise – Your Liquor License Can Be Suspended

Pennsylvania’s Sales Tax Money Grab on Breweries

Silly Dilly, Drink up Philly: How ABI can buy Eagles’ fans a Bud Light

Brewery Keg Purchases Exempt from Sales Tax

Wine Expanded Permit Renewal

Auction Over: The Results are in for the Third Zombie License Auction

Pennsylvania’s Malt Beverage Tax Credit to Take Effect in July

Ted Zeller quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer

Direct Brewery Sales Exempt from Franchise Laws

Direct Sales to Consumers Exempt From Beer Franchise Laws?  Pa.L.C.B. Opines on Contract Brewing Arrangement Providing Beer to Couplet

What Do You Need to Know? A Checklist for Restaurants and Breweries

The Force Strikes Back: Pa.L.C.B. Now Approves of the Planogram

PLCB+ and 2017 License Renewals

Pa.L.C.B. Releases Summary of Act 166 of 2016

The Planogram – The Future of Bad Beer

Off Premises Catering Permits Updated Under Act 39

Pennsylvania Tap Marker Requirements Pulled Under Act 166

House and Senate Pass HB-1196 – More Than Just a Fix-It Bill to Act 39

2nd Annual Mid Atlantic Brewers’ Symposium

Morning Call Reports on Act 39 in “Sell just beer, or wine and liquor too?”

Ted Zeller quoted in “6 ways PA’s new liquor law affects brewers”

New Pennsylvania HB 1690: The Cidery Dilemma

New Pennsylvania Liquor Code Changes (HB 1690) About Choices

The Prisoner: The Pennsylvania Six Pack

Temporary Alcohol Permit Options in Pennsylvania

How To Build A Brewery

Is there a such thing as too much craft beer?

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Press Coverage, Quotes, and Interviews

  • “Pennsylvania Liquor Law Legal Update,” State College, PA, September 6, 2019
  • “The Brewers of Pennsylvania 4th Annual Mid Atlantic Brewer’s Symposium,” State College, PA, October 12, 2018
  • Webinar, Philadelphia’s office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), September 21, 2017
  • Liquor and the Law: Dram Shop Liability, Liquor Licensing and DUI,” Northampton County Bar Association of Pennsylvania, 2012 Lunch Lecture Series, March 24, 2012

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