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Distilled Spirit Labeling — The COLA Process

Download 5 March 2002 Issue The primary regulator of distilled spirit labeling is the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & TFirearms (“ATF”), although other federal and state agencies also play limited roles. This article discusses the cer- tificate of label approval, or...

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...

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...

U.S. Distilled Spirits Industry Leaders Launch “Spirits United” Grassroots Platform to Mobilize Community of...

WASHINGTON, DC –  Spirits United (https://www.spiritsunited.org/), a new multifaceted grassroots tool aimed at bringing together a broad base of spirits advocates from industry professionals to consumers, was formally launched today by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS),...

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...

A Whiskey by Any Other Name

At the end of 2014, the TTB issued a clarifying “Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)” regarding age statements on whiskey labels. It was significant, as it reinforced the TTB’s firm stance on label compliance, especially for whiskey and bourbon labels....

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...

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...

California Distillers Go to D.C. to Support The Craft Spirits Modernization and Tax Reform...

On July 22-23 a small delegation of California distillers went to Washington D.C. to attend the Public Policy Conference hosted by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) and the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA). The primary...

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...