Weekly Roundup | Colorado Grocery Store Liquor Sales, Michigan’s DtC Crackdown, and Wineries Targeting Pennsylvania

This is an exciting week, with our DIRECT conference just three days away! If you haven’t registered yet, there are just a few spots left! Today, we’ve once again brought you the latest beverage alcohol industry news. This includes Colorado’s liquor sales in grocery stores, Michigan cracking down on DtC sales, and the wine industry eyeing their sights on Pennsylvania. As always, if you read something I missed, let me know. 

LegislativeUpdate

Hickenlooper Signs into Law Biggest Change to Alcohol Sales In Colorado Since Prohibition | Senate Bill 197, passed and was signed into law last Friday, representing the biggest change to Colorado liquor laws since prohibition. Denver Post

Michigan Cracking Down on Direct-to-Consumer Sales | The Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) is continuing to issue complaints, and even citations, involving failures in DtC compliance. ShipCompliant

New York Liquor Law Would Allow Sunday Boozing With Brunch | The new “brunch bill,” will allow New Yorkers to start their Sunday morning drinking at 10am. CNBC

TTB Weekly Newsletter | This week’s TTB newsletter covers information regarding Permits Online passwords, an announcement about the latest Unified Agenda, and a list of the past week’s top Pay.gov pages. TTB

IndustryUp

Metrics Show Strong Wine Industry Growth |  Direct-to-consumer shipments jump 30% in May and off-premises sales increase 5%. Wines&Vines

Craft Beer Keeps Booming | The number of operating breweries rose 15% in 2015 alone, not to mention the 6,000+ jobs the industry created for Americans last year. Daily Independent

Wineries Eye Direct Shipments to Pennsylvania | With legislation now signed, Pennsylvania has the green light for direct-to-consumer sales, and out-of-state wineries have got Pennsylvania in their sights. Wines&Vines

DontMissOut

Infographic: Craft Beer Drinkers Consult Their Phones Before Opening Their Wallets | A New York-based strategic marketing study found that most craft beer drinkers use their mobile phones at the shelves to do research before purchasing new brews. Adweek

Blue Wine Coming for Millennials | In light of millennials growing taste for wine, six men from Spain have set out to launch a blue colored wine targeted to millennials. WBT

Why We’re Excited for DIRECT! | We are incredibly excited for our DIRECT Conference, which is now just days away! ShipCompliant

JustFun

Colorado Company Releases Wine for Cats | Who doesn’t want to share a glass of wine with their pets (non-alcoholic, of course!), well now you can! UPI

10 Business Lessons Learned From the Founders of America’s Biggest Wine Brand | From the founders of Barefoot Wine, here are 10 business lessons to know before diving into a business venture. Entrepreneur

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