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What the Bottled in Bond Act of 1897 Means Today

“Bottled in bond” is a phrase coined more than 100 years ago in the whiskey business to assure the purchaser that he was buying the real deal. Prior to Prohibition, counterfeit whiskey flooded the unregulated market, at best swindling...

TTB vs FDA

When it comes to understanding the authority differences between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), there is a great deal of confusion among craft distillers. What role does the FDA have on...

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...

A Tale of Two Distilleries: Exploring Two Paths to Building a Code-Compliant Distillery

As the craft-spirits industry expands and gains prominence nationwide, there has been an accompanying increase in scrutiny by building and fire officials. The applicable codes are often not well understood, not only by members of the distilling community, but...

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...

A Surge in Craft Bottled-in-Bond Whiskey

Bartenders and bargain hunters have rejoiced in recent years with the return to prominence for bottled-in-bond, or bonded, whiskeys. I’ve long said the best $20 you could spend in a liquor store was on bottom-shelf bonded bourbon. Now, though,...

Defending Yourself from Trademark Infringement

What should you do when someone accuses you of “trademark infringement,” often in a certified letter written by a lawyer? This article contains some suggestions on how to handle the situation. What is Trademark Infringement? Trademark infringement occurs when consumers are...

Craft Distilleries Around the US Step Up to Help Fill Hand-Sanitizer Shortages

by Brad Plummer, Editor, Distiller Magazine As urgency around the global coronavirus pandemic has intensified, consumers across the country shopping for one of the most basic personal hygiene products — hand sanitizer — have been met with empty shelves. In response...

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...

The Rise of the B Corporation

One of the greatest consumer shifts in America over the last thirty years has been back toward buying from local producers, away from larger corporations. We like to know who grew our food, distilled our spirits and brewed our...