Brewer’s Blog

DTC and Associated Sales and Income Tax Issues for Breweries

December 3rd, 2020 • by David Oksenhorn

With the COVID crisis still in full swing, many breweries are hurting. Extended closures of tasting rooms and select re-openings with reduced capacity have led to dramatically decreased sales. Many breweries look to their tasting rooms as their primary revenue stream, with most sales coming in the form of draft sales, with some to-go sales […]

Expanding or Altering Your Brewery Premises During COVID

November 13th, 2020 • by Jennifer Tsyn

As all breweries know, changes to your licensed premises generally need to be approved by the Liquor Authority.  The Authority considers your initial application for a license to be a “snapshot in time” – and if you want to make changes later, the changes generally need to be reported and/or approved. If you are going […]

Why Breweries Need a Point of Service Not a Point of Sale

November 11th, 2020 • by Nicole Chamberlin

When you envision the ideal experience for your brewery guests, point of sale probably isn’t at the top of your list—it’s the impersonal, transactional finale to the craft adventure. What you want is a Point of Service, intuitive technology that connects the nuts and bolts of dining out with the hospitality craft drinkers have come […]

Maintaining Control Over Your Brewery During COVID-19

November 6th, 2020 • by Jennifer Tsyn

As all breweries know, the Liquor Authority requires that every holder of a liquor license maintain adequate control over its premises.  Under normal circumstances, that requires you to make sure that your patrons are not intoxicated, are not engaging in illegal conduct or fights, and are otherwise complying with the rules.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, […]

Paycheck Protection Program Loans to Brewers: Risks and False Claims Act Liability

May 14th, 2020 • by Jennifer Tsyn

One of the key programs under the CARES Act is the forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan fund. Many brewers may have applied for and received a PPP loan. Since the inception of the program, the PPP loan application has required businesses to certify that the “current economic uncertainty makes [the] loan request necessary to […]

Breweries Should Submit Business Interruption Claims

April 24th, 2020 • by David Wallace

Covid-19 and the related fallout opens questions many of us have never encountered. Updates continue to change rapidly and the “answers” are often unique to your business.  Striking a balance between information overlord and following high-level recommendations may serve you well.  Do standard commercial policies provide coverage for Covid-19?    The answer is most likely […]

Keeping Beer Lovers Engaged While Your Taproom is Closed

April 14th, 2020 • by Colleen Onuffer

It’s no secret that times are tough right now, but while your doors are closed, you can continue to engage with your customers. We’ve compiled a few ways you can stay connected with your customers, gain new ones, and be ready to welcome them back in once the pandemic is over. Regularly post on social […]

Due Dates for Taxes and Operational Reports Postponed for Breweries

April 6th, 2020 • by Chip Grieco

In recognition that the brewing (and other alcohol manufacturing) industry is being “severely impacted” by COVID-19, the United States Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) issued a new Industry Circular (No. 2020-2) on March 31, 2020. This Circular postpones several filing and payment due dates by 90 days, providing welcome relief to brewers […]

Safety Guidance Amid The COVID-19 Outbreak

March 30th, 2020 • by Jennifer Meyers

In such uncertain times, we find ourselves questioning some basic day to day practices. The NYSBA safety committee along with the BA safety committee has been working on providing you with practical and safe practices for both your employees and consumers during this unfortunate time. See below for some useful tips: Growler and Crowler recommended […]

Marketing Your Brewery During the Pandemic

March 26th, 2020 • by Chloe Kay

Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers still want to drink your beer, and you can still sell it! As a New York State brewery, you are legally allowed to sell beer for carryout, curbside pickup, and home delivery. Though your taproom isn’t open for on-premise consumption, you still need to let your customers know you’re […]