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Craft Beer Wholesaler to Pay $2 M Fine to Settle Trade Practice Violations

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Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control announced a settlement with a Hunterdon county craft beer wholesaler, resulting in a record $2 million fine for alleged trade practice violations. The Division alleged that Hunterdon Brewing Company LLC sold draft beer tap systems below fair market prices and mislabeled the charges… Continue Reading

Small and Independent Brewers Saw Growth in 2016

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The Brewers Association, the trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers, recently released 2016 data on U.S. craft brewing. Small and independent craft brewers represent 12.3 percent market share by volume of the overall beer industry, with more than 5,300 breweries operating during the year. In 2016, craft brewers produced 24.6 million barrels…. Continue Reading

Legislation to Expand Lending for NJ Vineyards and Wineries

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Legislation geared towards establishing a loan program for vineyard and winery capital expenses was released by the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development last month. The bill (A-4274) would direct the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (“EDA”), in consultation with the Department of Agriculture (“Department”), to create a loan program and application process for the purpose… Continue Reading

The Eight & Sand Beer Co. Opening in New Jersey

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Congratulations to The Eight & Sand Beer Co., which opened this month in Woodbury, New Jersey. The Eight & Sand Beer Co. was started by two friends to “build a more sustainable brewery” by using “environmentally friendly steam rather than direct fire burners to heat [their] 10 barrel brewhouse.” Eight & Sand plans to feature… Continue Reading

Shareholder & Associate Contributed to Published Book Moonshiner to Craft Distillery, Leading Lawyers on the Business of Distilling

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Stark & Stark Shareholder Dolores R. Kelley, Esq., with contributions from Associate Marshall T. Kizner, Esq., authored a chapter in the book Moonshiner to Craft Distillery, Leading Lawyers on the Business of Distilling (Inside the Minds™)[1], which was published by Thomson Reuters. The chapter they authored, entitled “Ensuring Distillery Compliance Requires an Interdisciplinary Approach,” explains… Continue Reading

Beer & Spirits Group Provides Presentation on Legal Considerations for Start-Up Distillers

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On October 25, 2014, Stark & Stark’s Beer & Spirits Group presented to local entrepreneurs “Legal Considerations for Start-Up Distillers in New Jersey” at Cooper River Distillers in Camden, New Jersey. Enacted in December of 2013, N.J.S.A. 33:1-10.3d allows for Craft Distillery Licenses to be issued in New Jersey. Marshall Kizner, co-chair of Stark &… Continue Reading

Federal Government’s Restrictions on Production, Location, and Use of Plants for the Production of Distilled Spirits

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If you are considering venturing into the distillery business, in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or any other state, it is important to know what the Federal Government’s rules, regulated through the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (“TTB”), provide for the location, use of plants and production of distilled spirits. The following article highlight’s the TTB’s rules and regulations: