Category Archives: TTB

May 11

Dissent In Texas Three-Tier Case Contains Powerful Indictment Of Strict Enforcement Of Cross-Tier Ownership

As you all probably have heard, in Cadena Commercial v. Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, the Texas Supreme Court recently weighed in on the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s decision to deny a license for retail sales to a group of convenience stores that wanted to sell alcohol because through a chain of ownership, one of the […]

April 28

Will Lee v. Tam End The TTB’s Censorship of Beer Wine and Spirits Labels Found Obscene or Indecent?

As the US awaits a verdict in Lee v. Tam – a trademark dispute challenging a section of the trademark act (15 U.S.C. 1052(a)) refusing trademark registration for marks that are deemed immoral or scandalous, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s implementation and application of those restrictions – it would benefit us to be […]

February 02

Use Tequila in Your Drink Name? You May Need to Use Another Name. U.S. Trademark Office Makes Tequila the Champagne of Agaves

Marie Gaytán’s “¡Tequila!: Distilling the Spirit of Mexico” is a grand exercise in contextualizing tequila historically, economically, and politically.  If you don’t start the book with an appreciation (and hankering) for tequila or mezcal as something that isn’t served with salt and lime, you will by the time you finish it.  The treatise renewed my […]

January 18

Is it really a “tied-house” if your alcoholic beverage category isn’t sold by the retailer?

In a recent and interesting challenge to the three-tiered system’s prohibition on “tied-houses” a winery owner looking to maintain an interest in some Iowa convenience stores made an interesting argument:  since the convenience stores only sold beer and not wine, the mutual ownership didn’t violate the Iowa prohibition on tied-houses. Iowa, like most states has […]

January 16

Brewers, Vintners, and Distillers Get Your Money Back! (or hold on to it longer) – Federal Bond Requirements and Tax Payment Timing Changed for Small Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries

The TTB’s new temporary rule, T.D. TTB-146 removes the bond requirements for breweries, wineries and distilleries that don’t pay more than $50,000 in excise taxes within the calendar year and that didn’t pay more than $50,000 in the prior calendar year.  If your winery, distillery, or brewery fits, the bill, you can amend your notice/registration […]

January 11

TTB Finalizes Rule For Brewers, Vintners, Distillers, and Others Regarding Import / Export Procedures

Get ready to use a single interface for all your import/export filing requirements. The rule, entitled Amendments To Streamline Importation of Distilled Spirits, Wine, Beer, Malt Beverages, Tobacco Products, Processed Tobacco, and Cigarette Papers and Tubes and Facilitate Use of the International Trade Data System (linked), governs use and implementation of the International Trade Data […]

What should wineries, craft brewers, and distillers know about advertising and labeling involving athletes and sports?

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You Need an Approved COLA Before You Have a Valid Trademark?

I’d say it goes without saying, but the recent expansion of wineries, breweries and distilleries and the coinciding increase in trademark disputes is evincing a contrary trend, so I guess I’ll say it, you need label approval (or recognized exemption) to have lawful sales that can count as your first use in commerce. And a […]