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Feb 11, 2019

Seeding the Vines: New Jersey to Provide Assistance to Wineries

New Jersey’s alcoholic beverage manufacturers have been looking for more support from the state government, and this month, wineries and vineyards received some good news.  Recognizing the rise of agrotourism and increased interest for locally-made alcoholic beverages, New Jersey has enacted a new law requiring the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) to provide a loan program for wineries and vineyards. » Read More

Jan 15, 2019

Norris McLaughlin Liquor Lawyers Address Government Shutdown’s Impact on Alcohol Manufacturers and Proposed Pennsylvania Sales Tax on Breweries

Liquor law attorneys Matthew B. Andersen, Esquire, and Theodore J. Zeller III, Esquire were quoted in a number of publications discussing the impact the government shutdown is having on breweries, wineries, and distilleries as well as Pennsylvania’s proposed sales tax on brewery sales. » Read More

Dec 27, 2018

In the News: Why Craft Beer Is About to Get More Expensive in Pennsylvania Taprooms

Theodore J. Zeller III, Esquire, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Liquor Law Practice Group, was quoted in The Morning Call as general counsel to the Brewers of Pennsylvania regarding the new brewery sales tax bulletin from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue that it is pushing to take effect on July 1, 2019.  » Read More

Oct 25, 2018

In the News: Pennsylvania Is Trying to Tack 6 Percent Sales Tax onto Brewery Sales

Theodore J. Zeller III, Esquire, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Liquor Law Practice Group, was quoted in Craft Brewing Business regarding the impact of the recent changes in Pennsylvania’s sales tax laws.  “Oof: Pennsylvania is trying to tack 6 percent sales tax onto brewery sales” discusses the state’s Department of Revenue push for Pennsylvania breweries to charge a 6% sales tax on all taproom products, but the Brewers of Pennsylvania, which Ted is general counsel for, have been fighting and have pushed back. » Read More

Sep 26, 2018

New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control Issues Special Ruling Clarifying Privileges for Craft Brewers – Part 2: Permitted Activities

In Part 1 of this blog series, we provided an overview of the craft beer landscape in New Jersey, which led to the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s (“ABC”) issuance of the Special Ruling Authorizing Certain Activities by Holders of Limited Brewery Licenses (“Special Ruling”).  » Read More

Sep 25, 2018

New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control Issues Special Ruling Clarifying Privileges for Craft Brewers – Part 1: Overview

Since the creation of the limited brewery license in New Jersey back in 2012, craft brewers have been waiting for guidance regarding what activities are permitted in their taprooms.  With no regulations enacted, many brewers felt they were operating in a “gray” area, and that enforcement of what conduct was, and was not, permissible was inconsistent and subjective.  » Read More

Aug 17, 2018

Beer and Marijuana Don’t Mix

In light of New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal’s recent announcement that all marijuana cases in municipal courts be adjourned through at least September, many are hopeful that New Jersey will be legalizing medical and recreational marijuana in the near future.  » Read More

Feb 09, 2018

More Time For Travelers to Get a Drink at Some NJ Airports

Although this change admittedly will impact few industry members, we do our best to keep you up to date on any and all changes to New Jersey’s alcoholic beverage laws.  In early January 2018, the New Jersey Legislature amended N.J.S.A. 33:1-40.3 to provide that a retail license operated in an international airport may sell alcohol anytime between 6:00 a.m. » Read More

Oct 26, 2017

Pa. law: Truck your own beer or sign a contract for life. He chooses to truck his beer.

Theodore J. Zeller III, Esq., a Member with Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Liquor Law Practice, was quoted in York Daily Record in regards to breweries distribution laws in Pennsylvania.  Read the article, “Pa. law: Truck your own beer or sign a contract for life. » Read More