TTB Circular 2013-1 applies winery, distilled spirit, and malt beverage advertising rules to every form of social media

The U.S. Tax and Trade Bureau released TTB Circular 2013-1, on May 13, 2013.  The circular is a welcome clarification that the TTB considers social media to be advertising and that the advertising is governed by already existing FAA Act rules and implementing regulations in the CFR. Addressed to the “Proprietors of Bonded Wineries, Bonded […]

Is Contaminated Alcohol Sincerely A Reason to Regulate?

We’re interrupting this Beer Industry Fair Dealing Act Thursday to bring you something better. Some recent comments about homebrewing, alcohol regulation and the notion that one of the justifications for alcoholic beverage oversight is the danger posed by potentially contaminated products have little support.  The standard thought about this industry’s regulation is that it’s the […]

Brewing or Distilling Internationally Could Make More Sense Than Exporting – But You Still Need A Good Contract

The international market for beer, wine and liquor is impressive and worth looking into.  If you’re really planning on exporting larger quantities internationally for a considerable profit, why not save on the transportation costs, increase the shelf life, and not worry about how your glass bottles or crushable aluminum cans are going to hold up […]