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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 25, 2019

How to Prepare Your Brewery for an FDA Inspection

On October 12, 2018, I spoke at The Brewers of Pennsylvania 4th Annual Mid Atlantic Brewers’ Symposium about inspections of breweries by the United States Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”).  These inspections are still relatively new to breweries, but it is imperative that every brewery is prepared and compliant for the inevitable day the FDA comes to visit.  » 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

Nov 19, 2018

New Jersey Alcoholic Beverage Industry Should Take Advantage of The Tax Amnesty Program

As described in more detail by our colleagues, “New Jersey Tax Amnesty – A Timely Gift from the State of NJ,” this holiday season, the New Jersey Division of Taxation is affording New Jersey businesses the chance to pay back certain taxes with no penalty and only one-half of the interest. » Read More

Mar 13, 2018

New Jersey Alcoholic Beverage Bills to Watch 2018 – Part 2: Craft Breweries 

Tours Before Pours?

Under the current statute, craft breweries – those holding a limited brewery license – are required to give their customers a tour of the brewery before selling them drinks for on-site consumption (the same goes for craft distilleries).  » Read More

Feb 20, 2018

New Jersey Alcoholic Beverage Bills to Watch 2018 – Part 1: Craft Distillers

As the new legislative session started in New Jersey, a number of bills concerning alcoholic beverages were introduced (or re-introduced).   In this multi-part series, we highlight some of the bills to keep an eye on to see if they will make their way to the Governor’s desk.   » Read More

Jan 03, 2018

Making Craft Beer and Spirits Great Again

On Friday, December 22, just in time for Christmas, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Job Acts (TCJA).  Although many have been quick to criticize the new tax plan, craft brewers and distillers have something to celebrate.  The TJCA includes portions of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, which reduces the Federal Excise Tax for craft brewers, distillers, and wineries.  » Read More

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