Weekly Roundup | Hard Cider Defined, U.S. Wine Sales, and Craft Beer Marketing

Hope you had a great Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! To help you prepare for your short week, we’ve compiled the most important news for you to read. Today, we’ve brought you the TTB’s definition of hard cider, an update on U.S. wine sales, and a crash course in craft beer marketing. I hope you enjoy. As always, let me know if I missed something interesting!

LegislativeUpdate

Reminder | North Dakota Direct Shipper Annual Report | The deadline for filing your Direct Shipper’s Annual Liquor Tax Report with the Office of State Tax Commissioner and excise tax payment was Friday, January 15, 2016. ShipCompliant

The TTB’s Got the Formula for New Beer | On December 17, 2015, the TTB issued a new ruling greatly expanding the list of ingredients that can be added to a beer product without requiring formula approval from the agency. ShipCompliant

FedEx to Begin Shipping in South Dakota |South Dakota opened up to the direct-to-consumer market starting January 1. ShipCompliant

TTB Newsletter | This week, the TTB’s newsletter features information about statutory charges affecting tax due dates, the definition of hard cider, and more! TTB 

IndustryUp

The New, New Beer Business | A look at how in just the last few years the beer industry has changed. Beer Business Daily

U.S. Wine Sales Total $38 Billion | Key industry metrics stay positive through the end of 2015. Wines & Vines

Another Judge Chimes in on Tito’s | A federal district court in New Yok granted in part and denied in part Tito’s Handmade Vodka’s motion to dismiss several claims brought against it by a class of consumers. Bevlog

DontMissOut

Here’s a Crash Course in Craft Beer Marketing | These tips can help your brewery have its best year yet. MarketWatch

Coming Soon | 2016 DtC Report | Jeff Carroll, ShipCompliant’s VP of Compliance and Strategy, presented data from the highly anticipated 2016 Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Report. ShipCompliant

Big Beer’s Plan to Sell to Consumers Who Hate Them | America’s biggest beer companies want more millennials to buy their products, and here’s their plan how. Bloomberg Business

JustFun

Five Secrets for Avoiding Traffic Jams in Napa | Don’t let a traffic jam damper the beautiful Napa Valley. VinePair

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