Bevlog (Beverage Law Blog)

Latest from Bevlog (Beverage Law Blog)

At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many in the alcohol beverage industry recognized a significant problem facing our communities and pivoted their production to alcohol-based hand sanitizer. These products were donated to first responders and provided to the public-at-large to provide a resource that quickly became a scarce commodity in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. In response to this desire to help, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued several temporary policies…
  COVID has brought us masks, cabin fever — and plenty of renewed talk about direct to consumer shipping for alcohol beverages. In the July 2020 issue of Craft Spirits magazine, Art DeCelle lays out a path forward, to expand opportunities for direct to consumer shipments of distilled spirits. The article appears at page 42. Art explains: The current legal structure has been completely undermined by the advent of digital commerce. Any consumer can…
  TTB has closed its lab, according to a TTB Newsletter of yesterday. This further fallout from the pandemic could have a strong and negative impact on saké and flavored vodka imports. Saké and flavored vodka are among the small number of alcohol beverage categories that have been stuck with a lab analysis requirement, during the formula and label review and approval process. TTB said: In response to state and local stay-at-home orders, and…
As an additional response to the burdens that COVID-19 is placing on alcohol beverage industry members, TTB has issued Industry Circular 2020-2. The Circular postpones several filing and due dates where the original date falls on or after March 1, 2020 through July 1, 2020. TTB published the Circular on March 31. Per the Industry Circular TTB is, among other considerations: Postponing tax payment due dates for wine, beer, and distilled spirits excise taxes.…
As an additional response to the burdens that COVID-19 is placing on alcohol beverage industry members, TTB has issued Industry Circular 2020-2. The Circular postpones several filing and due dates where the original date falls on or after March 1, 2020 through July 1, 2020. TTB published the Circular on March 31. Per the Industry Circular TTB is, among other considerations: Postponing tax payment due dates for wine, beer, and distilled spirits excise taxes.…
While everyone in our industry struggles with the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic, distilled spirits plant (“DSP”) production of hand sanitizer or ethanol (whether denatured or not) for use in hand sanitizer is a particularly important topic. The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) and Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (“TTB”) are issuing guidance on a seemingly daily basis. To that end, TTB released Public Guidance 2020-1A on Thursday March 26, 2020, updating its…
While everyone in our industry struggles with the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic, distilled spirits plant (“DSP”) production of hand sanitizer or ethanol (whether denatured or not) for use in hand sanitizer is a particularly important topic. The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) and Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (“TTB”) are issuing guidance on a seemingly daily basis. To that end, TTB released Public Guidance 2020-1A on Thursday March 26, 2020, updating its…