BevAlc Roundup | Massachusetts Sales Tax, Wine Summit Recap, and The Next Big Beer Style

Kevin Diffily | June 19, 2017

Today’s roundup covers what’s next for Massachusetts sales tax, The ShipCompliant Wine Summit recap, and the next big beer style, according to brewers. Have a great week!


TTB Newsletter | Top news includes the appointment of Karen Welch as the new director of our International Affairs Division, an overview of TTB’s organizational structure, and a reminder to complete the TTB’s 2017 satisfaction survey. TTB

Alabama ABC Board Approves Increase in Liquor Markup | The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board approved an increase of 5 percentage points in the markup on liquo, a move that will add about a dollar to the price of a $30 bottle.

Illinois Court Scores One for Three-Tier System | A judge for the US DIstrict Court of Illinois sided with the state and its wholesalers in dismissing a case that challenged the state’s direct-to-consumer shipping laws. Dram Shop Expert

Leave Cookies? Pay Sales Tax, Says Massachusetts | Massachusetts just devised a fairly brilliant scheme for collecting sales tax from out-of-state sellers. Obsequium

Small Beer Makers Say Bill Creates “Extortion Fee” As They Seek Abbott’s Veto | Craft brewers want Gov. Greg Abbott to veto a bill that would put limits on some regulatory relief that benefits them. Texas Tribute


Most Consumers Judge a Craft Beer By Its Packaging, Nielsen Finds | The craft beer shelf is getting more crowded with 1,800 new product launches in the category last year, making packaging and labeling one of the primary purchase influencers for craft beer consumers, according to Nielsen.

Wine Summit Re-cap: Direct-to-Consumer State Updates and Industry Trends | Change was in the air last week at the 2017 GCS-Wine Summit (formerly known as DIRECT), and not merely because it was held for the first time in the Sonoma Valley. Among all of the presentations, there was a common thread that the Direct to Consumer (DtC) wine market is maturing and facing new risks — but is also presented with new rewards. ShipCompliant

Slow and Steady Wins the Direct Shipping Map | When it comes to direct-to-consumer (DtC) shipping news, opening Pennsylvania to wine deliveries is a tough act to follow. But a variety of speakers used ShipCompliant’s annual conference, held Thursday at the DoubleTree Sonoma in Rohnert Park, to update wine sales and compliance specialists on the progress of this and other DtC initiatives. Wines & Vines

Why Beer Taxes Are $1.29 in Tennessee but Just 2 Cents in Wyoming | Taxes are the single-largest component of beer’s cost, sometimes reaching up to 40%, according to the Beer Institute, a trade group. Money

DtC Sales Extend National Reach | Direct-to-consumer (DtC) shipments continue to rise on the back of steady growth in overall U.S. wine sales, with Napa Valley continuing to be a dominant player in the channel. Wines & Vines


Wine Labels are Tricking You Into Spending More on Wine | A new study from researchers at the University of Adelaide found that vivid, elaborate descriptions make us enjoy cracking into a bottle more than we do when they’re absent. ShortList

Scientists Use Glowing Dyes to Spot Fake Whiskey | This technique can even identify the drink’s origin, blend, age, and taste. Popular Science

We Asked 13 Brewers: What’s the Next Big Style? | When it comes to craft beer, there’s no getting around the fact that IPAs reign supreme. But what’s next? Vinepair