BevAlc Roundup | TTB reminder that 2017 excise taxes are due this week, new marketplace Casemates looks to take over from Amazon Wine, and understanding the provenance of whisky gives perspective on time itself.

The Roundup took a quick break over the holidays, but we’re back with a longer edition for the beginning of 2018! We’ve got top stories on the recent tax bill and its effects on beverage alcohol producers, gender equality in the wine industry, and a look at what will fill the place of Amazon Wine for the DtC market. All of us at ShipCompliant by Sovos hope you had a wonderful holiday season, and offer our best wishes for 2018!

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TTB Newsletter | Top stories include a reminder that 2017 excise tax returns must be filed by January 12 and a request for comments on information collections by the TTB. TTB

GOP Tax Overhaul Includes Big Reductions For Alcohol Producers | Congress gifted major federal tax cuts for alcohol producers and importers by incorporating the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act into the Tax Reform and Jobs Act. ShipCompliant

TTB Updates To The Semi-Annual Regulatory Schedule | Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) announced updates to the Fall edition of the semi-annual Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (Regulatory Agenda). Alcohol Law Advisor

Republicans Say They’ve Slashed Taxes On Small Breweries. But Big Alcohol May Be The Biggest Winners. | Experts and industry advocates disagree on whether the tax cuts are set up as a boost to independent brewers that will provide economic stimulus, or whether it’s primarily a giveaway for the biggest alcohol firms that already have all the extra cash they need. Washington Post

Wineries Decry Rule-Making Slowdown | Those awaiting AVA approval hope new year will clear way for decisions. Wines & Vines

Mass. Alcohol Laws Need Massive Rewrite, Task Force Concludes | The price of beer, wine, and liquor in Massachusetts would increase, but unpopular restrictions on the sale of alcohol would go away, under a radical proposed overhaul of the state’s byzantine booze laws. Boston Globe

Two Sides In Beer Battle Renew Efforts To Settle How Nebraska’s Craft Brews Are Distributed | Last year, craft brewers and liquor distributors conducted a contentious tug of war, both in the Nebraska Legislature and within the State Liquor Control Commission, over how, exactly, brews produced by the state’s expanding breweries could be distributed. Omaha Herald

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The State Of Gender Bias On The Floor | A look at how female somms, wine directors, and restaurateurs are treated differently from their male counterparts–and how to change the paradigm. SevenFifty Daily

Whole Foods’ Wine Biz Replaced Amazon’s, Leading Dallas Founder Of Woot.com To Create Casemates | As 2017 ended, Amazon shut down Wine.Woot and its own wine marketplace in favor of Whole Foods’ expansive wine operation. As a result, Dallas entrepreneur Matt Rutledge sees an opening in the market. Dallas News

The Future Of Oregon Wine: It Ain’t Pinot | It’s time we make room for more grape variety, experts say. Portland Mercury

Building an Online Wine Marketplace | After integrating Vin65, Wine Direct now sets sights on online wine sales. Wines & Vines

The Bourbon Secondary Market Is Now Legal In Kentucky, Sort Of | On January 1, Kentucky’s new “Vintage Spirits Law” took effect, permitting licensed retailers to sell certain vintage spirits purchased from nonlicensed persons — but many details remain unsettled. Chuck Cowdry Blog

JustFun

Millennials consume almost half of all wine in the U.S. | Men are more likely to drink a full bottle by themselves than women, too. Daily Dot

A Glass Of Whisky Could Help You Get Your Head Around Deep Time | Appreciating the deep geological timescales that shape rock, water, and the taste of the whisky gave rise to stories about the past. The Conversation

Next Gen Shall Be Served | Gen Z’ers, Millennials Transform Merchant Realities & Practices. Beverage Media

Understanding Operations In One Liquor Control State | For people who don’t do business in a liquor control state, the rules can seem confounding — here, professionals in Vermont discuss how it works. SevenFifty Daily

 

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