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DTC is Craft Distilling’s
 Pro-Choice Moment

Since the repeal of Prohibition in 1933 federal and state governments have held a tight rein over the US liquor market. Only in limited circumstances has a consumer been able to purchase a bottle of liquor from the person...

FET Follow-up: How Distilleries are Capitalizing on Permanent FET Reduction

When the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act was initially passed at the end of 2017 (with an effective date of January 1, 2018), it marked both the culmination of years of effort and also the beginning of...

Craft Distilling’s Next Big Thing: Direct-to-Consumer Liquor Sales

Since the repeal of Prohibition in 1933 federal and state governments have held a tight rein over the US liquor market. Only in limited circumstances has a consumer been able to purchase a bottle of liquor from the person...

US Congress Approves Major FET Reduction for Craft Distillers

After years of uncertainty, the US Congress today voted to finally pass into law the long-awaited Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CMBTRA), making permanent the reduction in the federal excise tax (FET) rate paid by distillers. The...
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Congress Punts on FET Legislation for One Week

The US Congress today voted to extend by one week their deadline to approve a 2021 spending bill, avoiding in the short term a government shut down, but prolonging further the years-long anxiety felt by craft distillers facing a...
Last Call Day of Action

Last Call Day of Action a Big Success

Thanks to the tremendous support from ADI members and the distilling community as a whole, the LAST CALL Day of Action, hosted by the Distilled Spirits Council of the US (DISCUS) on Tuesday, December 1st, resulted in more than...

FET and a Call to Action

American distillers are bracing for an uncertain future as the expiration of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA) fast approaches. Unless the US congress grants another one-year extension, as they did at the end of 2019,...

The Low Down on Shipping Hand Sanitizer

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, supplies of hand sanitizer have been running low at health care facilities for weeks, and the demand is only getting higher. In response, most distillers of alcoholic beverages have switched over some of...

Facing the COVID-19 Crisis with Action

It’s been an unusually busy few weeks during an unprecedented historical period for US craft distillers. Here is a roundup of how some state guilds and distillers have taken action. California The leadership of California Artisanal Distillers Guild (CADG, https://www.cadistillers.org) are...
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TTB Releases Final Document on Labeling Modernization

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) today released the final document outlining changes to alcoholic beverage labeling regulations. The labeling modernization ruling, called "Notice 176: Modernization of the Labeling and Advertising Regulations" comes after a year...