The SLA recently conducted a sting operation for underage drinking and a few breweries were cited with violations. The violations are often accompanied with fines from $10,000 to $30,000 and can result in the loss of your liquor license for repeat offenses. Of the six breweries visited by the SLA, all were considered in violation and slapped with a fine. Given the success of the operation, it is expected that more breweries will be visited.
Here are some strategies to ensure that your brewery does not inadvertently serve to someone who is under the 21 year old drinking age in NY.
Post updated 8/13/19 by Paul Leone, NYSBA Executive Director: The SLA has informed the NYSBA that they will be conducting undercover operations throughout the state and fining all breweries that are serving to minors (they are also covering wineries and retail establishments). So far a surprising number of breweries have already been hit with stiff fines for serving to under age drinkers. They instructed us to pass along a link to information on ATAP (Alcohol Training Awareness Program) and what you need to know when it comes to your responsibility when it comes to ID’ing patrons. Fines can be reduced if you and your employees go through ATAP or Tips training.