Elaine Albrich

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Elaine Albrich assists clients with state and federal liquor license approvals and frequently works with winery and vineyard owners on land use, natural resource, permitting, and development issues. She assists clients in obtaining permits for both urban and rural development and helping clients permit conditional uses such as institutional uses in urban environments and winery operations on agricultural land. Elaine is an associate in our Portland, Oregon office.

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EPA Hits Brewery Hard: Is Your Brewery In Compliance With CWA Standards?

This post was guest authored by Stoel Rives summer associate Olivier Jamin. Last week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that D.G. Yuengling and Son, Inc., a Pennsylvania brewery, settled Clean Water Act (CWA) violations involving wastewater discharge into public treatment facilities for $2.8 million and a commitment to spend … Continue Reading

Oregon Now Accepting Applications for Recreational Marijuana Licenses

Yesterday, January 4th, 2016 marked the start of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) accepting online applications for recreational marijuana licenses. Producers, laboratories, processors, wholesalers, retailers, and handlers are now lining up to receive OLCC licenses under Oregon’s new regulatory framework. Many cities and counties, however, are not enthusiastic with the new regulatory framework and … Continue Reading

Congress Passes the CIDER Act

Good news for the cider industry with today’s passage of the CIDER Act.  The CIDER Act provides a much needed update to the tax and regulatory framework cider.  To date, the regulatory framework and tax structure for cider has been known to cause cider makers angst given how cider is characterized under the law.  Now, … Continue Reading

Implementation of Measure 91: the OLCC is Picking up the Pace

The OLCC announced on May 1st its approach for addressing the implementation of recreational marijuana in Oregon. The OLCC appointed a Rules Advisory Committee (“RAC”) made up of 15 members. The RAC will meet once a month starting June 19, and represents the marijuana industry, local government, law enforcement and the general public. In addition … Continue Reading

Raising water conservation awareness by drinking beer

Clean Water Services (CWS), a water resources management utility in the Tualatin River Watershed, has been creatively exploring a new opportunity for the brewery industry. CWS is taking beneficial reuse of water to a new level by proposing the reuse of recycled water in the brewing process, a proposal first approved by the Oregon Health … Continue Reading

Hidden Land Use Issues with Urban Winery Properties

The interest in urban wineries is on the rise, with companies looking to take advantage of close proximity to customers, empty warehouse and industrial space, and access to city water and sewer.  However, hidden land use issues can present significant problems when pursuing this type of urban property, particularly within the City of Portland (City). … Continue Reading

Oregon Liquor Control Commission Given Job of Regulating Recreational Marijuana

Following in the steps of Washington and Colorado, Oregon voters passed Ballot Measure 91 (PDF) on November 4, opening the door to legalized recreational marijuana in the state. Beginning July 1, 2015, the Control, Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act allows Oregonians 21 years and older to possess up to eight ounces of dried … Continue Reading

OLCC Proposes New Rules for Food Carts

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) is undertaking rulemaking that would impose new regulations on the service of alcohol at food carts and other outdoor areas throughout the state. The rules would distinguish between outdoor areas not abutting a licensed building (e.g., areas associated with food carts and food cart pods) and outdoor areas connected … Continue Reading

Another Great Year at Unified Wine & Grape Symposium

Stoel Rives LLP lawyers from the firm’s Beverage & Hospitality Group attended the 2014 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium last week in Sacramento, where they connected with new contacts, old friends, and current clients. On Tuesday, Colin Hunter, Chris Hermann and Elaine Albrich visited winegrape growers, industry contacts and production facilities in Clarksburg, Lodi and … Continue Reading

Oregon Liquor Control Commission Rulemaking Updates

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (“OLCC”) is initiating rulemaking that would amend licensing requirements for outdoor areas and distilled liquor tasting. Outdoor Areas The OLCC has proposed two new rules to address the licensing qualifications and operating requirements for “exclusively outdoor areas,” or areas that do not abut a licensed building. The rule would apply … Continue Reading

Oregon Senate Bill 841 Provides Some Certainty for Wineries but Leaves Some Wanting

Oregon Senate Bill 841 brings finality to the ongoing debate about the appropriate intensity of agri-tourism and other commercial events held at wineries on agricultural land. Looking forward, wineries permitted under ORS 215.452 are allowed to engage in activities that are directly related to the sale and marketing of wine without local review. These types … Continue Reading

Grab your growlers!

Governor Kitzhaber signed the “Growler Bill” into law Thursday. The new law amends ORS chapter 471 and allows wineries, local groceries, and other retail licensees to sell wine to consumers in growlers. Wineries are increasing the use of kegs and the bill is touted by proponents as responding to changing trends and promoting sustainable packaging. … Continue Reading

Stoel Rives Summer Associates Mingle with Winery Clients

Stoel Rives summer associates and attorneys from the firm’s alcohol beverage group adventured into the Willamette Valley on a Saturday to visit Domaine Drouhin Oregon, Argyle, and Grand Cru Estate. At Domaine Drouhin, the group was treated to a side-by-side tasting of Oregon and French wines on the property’s newly expanded deck space, which was … Continue Reading

Upcoming Comment Deadline and Public Hearing on Washington State Liquor Control Board’s Administrative Code Amendments to Implement Initiative 1183

Stephanie Meier and Elaine Albrich The Washington State Liquor Control Board is proposing additional code amendments to further implement Ballot Initiative 1183. The WSLCB encourages public input and requests that initial comments be received by June 27, 2012. A public hearing will be held on the draft code amendments Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 10 am. … Continue Reading

Site Visit to Heater Allen

On February 16th, Stoel Rives LLP held its 5th Annual Law of Wine Seminar at The Allison in Newberg. The seminar focused on the trends and developments in the wine industry as well as touched on issues facing the distilled spirits and brewery industries. After presenting at the seminar, three Stoel attorneys Jeremy Sacks, Reilley … Continue Reading

Oregon HB 4121: Another Round of Legislation Related to Wineries on Agricultural Lands

Oregon House Bill (“HB”) 4121 expands the basis for allowing wineries to be sited on land zoned Exclusive Farm Use (“EFU”). The bill, in addition to vineyards, would allow wineries to qualify as permitted uses under ORS 215.452 if 15 or 40 acres of land was used to cultivate or produce agricultural products other than … Continue Reading

5th Annual Oregon Wine Law Seminar – February 16, 2012

Please join us for our 5th Annual Oregon Wine Law Seminar at the Allison Inn and Spa in Newberg, Oregon on Thursday, February 16. Topics and panels include start-ups, trademark registration, employment, privatization of OLCC liquor sales, land use and a panel discussion on alternating premises (wine/beer/spirits). This seminar is complimentary to all industry members. … Continue Reading

A Check-In with the Idaho Wine Industry

An update from our colleagues Allison Blackman and Nicole Hancock: The State of Idaho is most infamously know for the potato but the recently reenergized Idaho Wine Commission, vintners, and wineries across the state hope to soon add Idaho Wines to the Gem State’s reputation. Idaho wines regularly net honors in regional and national competitions, and the … 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

Stoel Winery Lawyers Attend Salud!

Last weekend, Stoel winery lawyers attended Salud! and enjoyed visiting with clients and friends at Domaine Drouhin on Friday afternoon and the Governor Hotel on Saturday evening.  Proceeds from this year’s Oregon Pinot Noir Auction topped $650,000, a reported 7 percent increase from 2009.  Donations help support the Salud! mission of providing Oregon’s seasonal vineyard works … Continue Reading

Variations of Organic Labeling

Figuring out what information must be on your wine label can be tedious.  Adding terms like "organic" or "sustainably-grown" can be even more challenging.  Extra steps are required for adding organic certifications or claims to a wine label, although the regulation of such claims under the TTB COLA process has been made more clear with the Memorandum … Continue Reading
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