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Showing posts with label Liquor License. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Liquor License. Show all posts

Monday, December 27, 2021

NYS Liquor Authority Updates License Application Rules

The Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Law in NYS is being updated. 

new law provides for payment receipts for applications, which is effective 2/20/2022. It also provides that the status of all licenses / permits should be posted on its website by 12/22/2022. This website will also provide the anticipated application process length of time as well as notifying applicants when estimates change.   


Another new law modifies penalties for violations. 1st time administrative / paperwork violators will now be given opportunities to fix errors (15 to 20 days) if the violation is considered minor instead of facing misdemeanor penalties. 

Friday, April 24, 2020

New Brewery Law: Increased Limits for On-Premises Sale

On April 17, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed Senate Bill S7186, which relates to allowing restaurant-brewers to sell up to 250 barrels of product without a wholesaler, but what does the new law really mean for breweries?

Historically, breweries which sold beer on-premises were limited to making and selling only 250 barrels. To incentivize breweries to invest in their own product, the NYS Legislature increased the limit to 2,000 barrels through Senate Bill S5427. However, they inadvertently removed the language allowing a brewery to sell limited quantities without the use of a wholesaler or a person licensed to sell any beverage for purposes of resale.

Through Senate Bill S7186, Section 64-c of the ABC law was recently amended to clarify that breweries are allowed to sell 2000 barrels per year and up to 250 of those barrels may be sold on-premises without any additional licenses. Any number of barrels over 250, however, must be sold and distributed to other retailers through a wholesaler.

Thus, the new brewery law clarifies that breweries are allowed to sell limited quantities of their product in their own premises and they are also allowed to sell and distribute the rest of their product into other bars, restaurants, and retailers through a wholesaler, and thus allowing them to invest in and grow their businesses.