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Legislative Updates: Michigan Considers ‘Social Districts’ for Public Consumption

Legislative Updates: Michigan Considers ‘Social Districts’ for Public Consumption

Michigan legislators are considering a bill that would extend indefinitely delivery sales of alcoholic beverages for bars and restaurants and create “social districts” in which consumers would be able to drink beer, wine or spirits in a common area outside the walls or designated patio spaces of licensed establishments, according to MLive.com.

Press Clips: Dr. Fauci Cautions on Reopening Too Quickly; California ABC Warns Licensees Over 3rd Party Alcohol Deliveries to Minors

Press Clips: Dr. Fauci Cautions on Reopening Too Quickly; California ABC Warns Licensees Over 3rd Party Alcohol Deliveries to Minors

Dr. Anthony Fauci today cautioned against reopening businesses and other public gathering spaces before states meet guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An investigation by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) found that third-party delivery services are “routinely delivering alcoholic beverages to minors,” according to an industry advisory posted by the regulatory agency.

On-Premise Shutdowns Could Cost Beer Industry $8 Billion

On-Premise Shutdowns Could Cost Beer Industry $8 Billion

The near-nationwide shutdown of the on-premise channel will result in a loss of $8 billion for the beer industry if it continues into June, National Beer Wholesalers Association chief economist Lester Jones said during a State of the Industry webinar hosted by the NBWA and the Beer Institute (BI).

Massachusetts Franchise Law Reform Among New Guild President’s Priorities in 2020

Massachusetts Franchise Law Reform Among New Guild President’s Priorities in 2020

Newly named Massachusetts Brewers Guild’s president Sam Hendler wants to finally resolve the contentious franchise reform debate with the state’s wholesalers. Hendler, a co-founder and co-owner of Framingham, Massachusetts-based craft breweries Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers and the Springdale Beer Company, acknowledged that the franchise law reform effort has been dragging on long before he was of legal drinking age. “I was a high school senior when it started,” he told Brewbound.

Michigan Bill Would Grant Self-Distribution Rights to More Small Breweries

Michigan Bill Would Grant Self-Distribution Rights to More Small Breweries

A bill introduced in the Michigan Legislature earlier this month would allow breweries producing up to 2,000 barrels annually to self-distribute their products in the state. Currently, Michigan breweries producing up to 1,000 barrels can self-distribute. According to national trade group the Brewers Association, the majority of Michgian’s craft breweries produced fewer than 1,400 barrels in 2018, the last year in which data was available.

President Trump Signs 1-Year Excise Tax Relief Extension into Law

President Trump Signs 1-Year Excise Tax Relief Extension into Law

Federal excise tax (FET) relief for makers of beer, wine and spirits is locked in place through the end of 2020. President Donald Trump today signed into law a tax extender package that includes the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA), which passed both chambers of Congress this week.