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Elimination of Bond Requirement for Breweries/Brewpubs, Distilled Spirit Plants, Wineries

Written by Paul Leone

Starting January 1, 2017, if you are a TTB-permitted entity owing less than $50,000 in excise taxes in the previous year and expect to owe less than $50,000 in the current year on beer, distilled spirits, or wine, you will no longer be required to hold a bond. Because the bond exemption does not go […]

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Brewery Safety: Top Hazards and How to Reduce Risk

Written by Rob Dettman

The cheapest claim for a brewery is the one that never happens. The best way to keep your insurance premiums low over the long term is to minimize the impact of claims on your business. While risk cannot be 100% removed from operating a brewery, there are a variety of ways a brewer or owner, […]

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Brewer Event: Beer Quality Seminar at Newburgh Brewing

Written by Peter Trabold

NYSBA members and non-members alike are invited to attend this complimentary seminar.  Why Attend This Quality Seminar? The recent growth in the craft brewing business in the past several years has been tremendous. New breweries are popping up every day and the US is on pace to have 5,000 breweries by the end of the […]

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Mimosa Law About More Than Sunday Brunch: Part 1 – No More Solicitor Permits

Written by Chip Grieco

Autumn: the season of crunchy leaves, sweater weather, and crisp, cool beverages. Great fanfare followed enactment of the so-called “Mimosa Law” in New York State that now allows us to brunch unfettered on Sundays mornings. However, other, perhaps less sexy, changes to New York’s antiquated Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Law will also bring welcome relief […]

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Employment Law Developments for New York Brewers

Written by Christopher Gegwich

Needless to say, it is tough to be an employer in New York. The laws and legal requirements relating to the employer-employee relationship are constantly changing and it takes a lot to be compliant and up to date. Let’s see if we can help just a bit. The following is a list of recent amendments […]

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6 Insurance Concerns Every Brewer Needs to Address

Written by Matt Rowsell

by Matt Rowsell  There are many insurance companies that will entertain breweries large and small, but that does not mean that all policies are equal. In many cases, brewery insurance is a “square peg in a round hole”. Although insurance carriers will try to provide an all encompassing policy, all brewers should make sure that they […]

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Pint to Farm — Sustainable Tips for Craft Breweries

Written by Jesse Hiney

by Jesse Hiney My last blog focused on legislation aimed at reducing the hurdles to developing craft breweries and the “Farm to Pint” movement. This blog flips the script focusing on sustainability initiatives—Pint to Farm and other environmental means to reduce environmental impact. Sustainability is a theme often linked to craft breweries. Sourcing local ingredients […]

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Quality should be first and foremost in the brewer’s mind

Written by Peter Trabold

By Peter Trabold Have you ever had a spoiled beer? Luckily, I haven’t but I have had a spoiler cider. It was two years ago at a 4th of July party and I haven’t purchased another bottle of cider from them. With all of the other choices out there, I don’t need to purchase another […]

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Are you prepared for an increase in the salary requirements for exempt employees?

Written by Joe Carello

By Joseph A. Carello Like most employers, you likely employ a mix of employees who are overtime-eligible (non-exempt) and employees who are paid a salary regardless of the number of hours they work per week (exempt). In a move that has been estimated to make an additional 4.2 million employees eligible to receive overtime, the United States […]

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New York State: One Step Closer to ABC Reform

Written by Jackie Sudano

Governor Cuomo’s proposed bill to reform the New York State Alcoholic Beverage Code has officially passed the assembly as of Friday, June 17. The Senate previously passed the bill on Thursday, June 16, and it was delivered to the Assembly for approval. There it was substituted for Bill a10728 and passed by the Assembly. Since […]

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