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Idaho District Court finds beer and wine “sub-distributorships” should be afforded same protections for distribution rights as distributor

Beer and wine distributorships are protected under Idaho franchise laws, like the majority of other states, from having their distribution rights terminated unless the reason falls within one of those enumerated under Idaho franchise laws. Without one of the listed reasons, a distributor cannot involuntarily lose its distribution rights.  This franchise protection has increased the … Continue Reading

Licensed beer/wine Distributors also selling non-alcohol beverages in Washington state

Due to the explosive growth of craft beer sales in many states, including Washington, many distributors are combining non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverage sales into their distribution business.  A key point for Washington distributors is to be aware that the Washington Liquor Control Board (WLCB) contends that the so-called “Tied-House” rules governing the sale of alcoholic … Continue Reading

Washington State Liquor Control Board Kicks Off Youth Access Compliance Check Program

Attention Washington state retailers: the Washington State Liquor Control Board is kicking off a youth access compliance check program this month. Here’s a guidance the WSLCB recently issued about the program. The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) Enforcement and Education Division’s youth access compliance check program will be beginning in May 2015. The purpose … Continue Reading

Federal Officials Mull Changes to Alcohol Label Approval Process

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) official Susan Evans, the Executive Liaison for State and Industry Matters, talked about ways to streamline the federal label approval process at the June 2013 National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA) that I attended in Honolulu. Speaking on a panel, she said that the TTB has experienced … Continue Reading

Dinner and a Movie for the Whole Family!

Movie theaters with restaurant-style food service will reach a broader audience with the recent signing into law of a bill passed by the Washington State Legislature allowing service of food and alcoholic beverages to their patrons. The law as currently written allows some service of alcohol in movie theaters, but requires exclusion of minors from the … Continue Reading

Rick Garza to Lead Washington State Liquor Control Board

Stoel Rives LLP offers its congratulations to Rick Garza on his appointment as Director of the Washington State Liquor Control Board. Today the agency issued a press release announcing the appointment will be effective June 1, 2013.   Garza will be assuming leadership in a time of unprecedented change – the agency is on the tail end … Continue Reading

Utah Alcohol Legislation Update

S.B. 261 passed out of the Senate Business and Labor Committee this morning.  The amendments address many industry concerns we reported on earlier this week.  Notably, the requirement that a patron must be “seated” to be served or consume alcohol has been removed from the bill.  The amendments also clarify that the new enforcement provisions … Continue Reading

Utah Legislature Considers Amendments to Alcohol Beverage Control Act

Utah State Senator John Valentine (R) (Orem) has introduced a bill (S.B. 261) that may significantly affect alcohol operations if adopted.  S.B. 261 would require that all restaurant patrons must be “seated” to be served or consume a drink. Current law allows a patron to be served and consume a drink while standing at a counter, … Continue Reading

Utah DABC Changes Alcohol Enforcement Policy

Utah’s liquor control agency has started citing restaurants that serve alcoholic drinks to patrons before they order food.  The agency has shifted policy to now strictly interpret a key provision of Utah’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, which provides:             A full-service restaurant licensee may not sell, offer for sale, or furnish an alcoholic product except in … Continue Reading

TTB Updates and Changes

In anticipation of the retirement on 12/30/2010 of Ms. Nancy Sutton, TTB’s current American Viticultural Area (AVA) Program Manager, TTB is announcing that effective December 27, 2010, Ms. Elisabeth Kann of the Regulations and Rulings Division has been designated the coordinator of the AVA Program. Ms. Kann may be contacted directly on all AVA questions … Continue Reading

Exploring the Option of Liquor Licenses for Food Cart Owners

Portland-area food cart owners are innovative, creative, and continue to contribute to Portland’s food and beverage culture. The range of food options varies greatly, but it is easy to find what you are looking for, or get updated on the recent cart happenings, with the likes of Food Carts Portland. Portland’s food cart culture has … Continue Reading
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