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Jul 01, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Tennessee Residency Requirements and Potential Pennsylvania Liquor Code Impact

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

Jan 23, 2019

Pa.L.C.B. Announces Eighth Restaurant Liquor License Auction

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (Pa.L.C.B.) has announced the eighth restaurant liquor license auction, which is permitted under Act 39 of 2016.  These auctions are for “zombie licenses” that have been expired and in possession of the Pa.L.C.B. dating back to the year 2000.  » Read More

Jan 03, 2019

Drinks “Out of Season” – Seasonal Retail Licensees Can Obtain One-Day Off-Season Permits

Holders of Seasonal Retail Consumption licenses may sell alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption during either the summer season (May 1 – November 14) or the winter season (November 15 – April 30).  On December 17, 2018, Governor Murphy signed into law an amendment to the Seasonal Retail Consumption license statute that now allows licensees to obtain one-day permits during the off-season. » Read More

Nov 13, 2018

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

In Pennsylvania, consumers have enjoyed the benefits of new packaging opportunities offered by Pennsylvania Distributor Licenses under recent, dynamic changes to the Pennsylvania Liquor Code.  We have chronicled those changes previously in many different blogs including our slushy blog, which you can access here.  » Read More

Nov 06, 2018

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s Seventh Restaurant License Auction: Winners and Losers

As the top bidders were announced for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (Pa.L.C.B.) Seventh Restaurant License Auction, anybody who has paid attention to the results of the previous auctions can notice a trend.  The last few auctions have had more no-bids and the high-bids have gone down substantially.  » Read More

Oct 24, 2018

Proposed Bill in Response to NJ ABC’s Special Ruling

As discussed in our prior posts, the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Special Ruling Authorizing Certain Activities by Holders of Limited Brewery Licenses (which was rescinded) was a hot topic among New Jersey’s craft brewers and even New Jersey’s politicians.  » Read More

Oct 03, 2018

Beer Backlash: Pressure From New Jersey Legislators Leads to Special Ruling Being Placed on Hold

That was quick!  Last week’s Special Ruling Authorizing Certain Activities by Holders of Limited Brewery Licenses, which restricted New Jersey craft brewers’ business operations, has been temporarily suspended.

We knew there would be mixed emotions in response to the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s ruling, but the voices of New Jersey’s craft beer industry were loud, and they were heard. » Read More

Aug 22, 2018

Surprise – Your Liquor License Can Be Suspended

Since the passage of Act 44 of 2017, Pennsylvania establishments which serve alcohol are now in danger of being shut down by unannounced compliance checks performed by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. These checks can suspend a liquor license immediately at the time of the inspection.  » Read More

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