Regulation & Compliance

Legal Considerations for Leasing or Purchasing Real Estate for Distilleries

With the growth of the distilling business, landlords are paying more attention to potential tenants in this industry, which present a viable solution for spaces left vacant by traditional retailers. The number of active craft distilleries in the United...

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,...

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...

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...

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....

Crafting the American Single Malt Movement

The world’s newest single malts aren’t from Scotland, but from America. In July 2022, in response to petitions from distillers in the industry, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) finally proposed to give American single malt...

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 certificate of label approval, or “COLA,”...

Spirits Industry Launches “Ship My Spirits” Campaign in Support of Spirits Direct-to-Consumer Shipping in...

Spirits DTC would increase New York jobs and consumer convenience ALBANY, N.Y. – The American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA), American Distilling Institute (ADI) and Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), three of the nation’s leading trade associations representing distillers...

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...

Industry Growth Continues its Uphill Trend

Introduction Over the past several decades, waves of change have swept through U.S. consumer behavior and attitudes towards food and drink. The trend towards fresh, “handmade” products made with real, and less-processed, ingredients has affected all segments, as consumers increasingly...