BevAlc Roundup | TTB’s Request for Comments Hard Cider Tax, Gluten Free Beer, and the First Woman in Moonshine

Today, our roundup includes TTB’s request for comments about changes to the hard cider tax rate, gluten free beer, and the first woman in the moonshine business. Enjoy!



TTB Newsletter – February 3, 2017 | Top news includes a guilty plea related to illegal importation of cigarettes, and the realignment of our Market Compliance Office into our Trade Investigations Division along with the selection of a new alcohol advertising and trade practices program manager. TTB

TTB Newsletter – February 7, 2017 | TTB announces a request for comments about a temporary rule implementing changes to criteria for TTB’s hard cider tax rate. TTB

Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act Reintroduced in 115th Congress | Seeking to support small brewers around the country, the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act was reintroduced in both chambers of Congress. Brewers Association

President Trump Issues Executive Order Aimed at Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs | Executive Order 13771 adds new directions for federal agencies drafting new regulations, which could greatly affect the regulatory environment, including for the beverage alcohol industry. Alcohol Law Advisor




Cans and Bottles: Craft Beer Packaging Trends | The Brewers Association’s Chief Economist Bart Watson analyzes craft beer packaging data and offers insight into the trends. Brewers Association

Wine War Hots Up With Canada | An ongoing trade dispute swirling around liquor sales in British Columbia reached new heights as the United States filed a formal complaint with the World Trade Organization last month. Wine-Searcher

Thinking outside the mash tun: Colorado’s gluten-free Grouse Malt House fueling a new wave of beer | Gluten-free beer drinkers are an expanding segment of the craft-beer market — and a small craft maltster in Wellington, CO is helping breweries quench their growing thirst. Denver Post

A Record-Breaking Year for Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipments: Top Trends from 2016 | The DtC channel’s value has increased 75% percent since 2011, with a 70 percent increase in the volume of shipments. ShipCompliant




The 9 Top Trends in Wine Consumption to Watch Right Now | The Wine Market Council, together with Nielsen and expert panelists, sound off on what, where and why Americans are drinking, with a few surprises revealed. Wine Enthusiast

The ‘Pure Heart’ Of The First Woman Legally In The Moonshine Business | Troy Ball is the first woman to be granted a legal whiskey distilling license in the U.S. Forbes

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with punch bowls for one, two or more | A punch bowl is a lot more fun than two flutes of Champagne or a bottle of wine. Los Angeles Times

Traveling? Don’t Drink the Water, Drink Wine | Research has shown that the alcohol and acidity in wine can kill foodborne pathogens before they ruin your trip. Wine Spectator

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