BevAlc Roundup | TTB’s Cancellation of ITDS Pilot Program, DTC Wine Shipments Reach $2.3 Billion in 2016, and Shower Beer

 

Today, our roundup includes TTB’s cancellation of ITDS pilot program, DTC wine shipments reach $2.3 billion in 2016, and shower beer. I hope you enjoy!

 

LegislativeUpdate

 

TTB Newsletter for 1/13/17 | Top Stories include cancellation of the ITDS pilot program, notification of increase of the maximum civil penalty for violations of the Alcohol Beverage Labeling Act, and assistance to industry members affected by recent storms, flooding, and other events in California. TTB

Legislator, in Liquor Biz, Files 6 Booze Bills | Rookie State Rep. C. Wesley Morgan, the owner of four liquor stores, went right to work during his first week as a state legislator, filing six bills that would help liquor store owners.  Courier Journal

Liquor stores call Brownback’s proposed tax increase ‘devastating’ | On Wednesday, Gov. Sam Brownback’s [Kansas] administration proposed doubling a tax on liquor from 8 percent to 16 percent. Kansas City Star

Wine without hassle: Washington state eyes store refills | A proposed measure in Washington state would allow wine lovers to fill reusable containers known as growlers from taps at grocery stores, wine boutiques and other places licensed to sell wine in the state. The News Tribune

DC Council Passes Amendments to Alcohol Beverage Code | In December, 2016, the DC Council amended its Beverage Code, with many provisions acting to support local licensees, including adding growler rules for wine products.  National Law Review

California BPA Update: Register Your Beers Now | If you sell bottled or canned beer in California in which any part of the package contains bisphenol A (BPA), such as a can liner or crown liner, there is a new reporting requirement that provides a greater level of safe harbor. Brewers Association

 

IndustryUp

 

Falcons, Drones, Data: A Winery Battles Climate Change | Winemakers are employing both high-tech and old-school techniques to adapt to hotter, drier conditions. NY Times

Parker Beam, Master Distiller of Kentucky Bourbon, Dies | Beam’s career as a whiskey maker spanned more than a half century at Bardstown, Kentucky-based Heaven Hill, a family owned and operated distilled spirits company and maker of the popular Evan Williams brand. ABC

As Rains Soak California, Farmers Test How To Store Water Underground | “This is going to be the future for California. If we don’t store the water during flood periods, we’re not going to make it through the droughts.” NPR

Beer sales don’t take a hit from marijuana legalisation, study finds | Research suggests cannabis legalisation linked to rise in drinking rather than users substituting Budweiser for bud-smoking. The Guardian

DtC Wine Shipments Reach $2.33 Billion | Volume up 17% as large wineries tap into DtC market. Wines & Vines

 

JustFun

 

Liquor Laws Around the World | Alcohol works the same way in every country (it gets you drunk), but it’s sold a different way in almost every place on earth. Neatorama

Pernod Ricard announces ‘world’s first connected cocktail library’ | Pernod Ricard is seeking to transform the way people enjoy premium spirits and mixology in the home. Beverage Daily

Feature Film Puts Napa Winemaking in Spotlight | A feature-length US documentary film looking at what it takes to become successful as a winemaker in the Napa Valley is due to launch in February. The Drinks Business

Entrepreneur creates wine bottle that fits through a letterbox | A London entrepreneur has designed a wine bottle that can fit through a letterbox. Beverage Daily

‘Shower Beer,’ A Dedicated Beer for the Bathroom, is Marketing Genius | Shower beer has all the alcohol of a normal beer in half the size, allowing drinkers to get the buzz of a full beer in a shower-length amount of time. FWx

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