On June 28, 2019, Governor Wolf signed into law HB262, which amends the Tax Code for various reasons, but most importantly to the brewing industry, clarifies sales tax assessment for a brewery’s taproom sales to its consumers.
This journey for breweries in Pennsylvania began approximately five years ago when yours truly re-wrote a portion of the Liquor Code. » Read More
Last week, the United States Supreme Court (“SCOTUS”) issued the long-awaited decision in Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association v. Thomas (“Tennessee Wine”). The Tennessee Wine case was watched closely by liquor attorneys, businesses, consultants and others, as it was the first case that SCOTUS has heard since 2005 regarding constitutionality of state liquor laws. » Read More
With the recent closing of the purchase of the Sands Casino in Bethlehem by Wind Creek Hospitality for $1.3 billion, the question of the legality of video “games of skill” remains a focus and a hot topic within the Commonwealth. Many of these games are a significant source of income for many businesses, including liquor license establishments, which have been allowing them on their licensed premises since a 2014 decision in Beaver County that ruled that a video game machine manufactured by Pace-O-Matic was not a “gambling device per se.”
Since that controversial decision, the legality of these games has been an unknown gray area. » Read More
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