BevAlc Roundup | Total Wine Wins Challenge on Discount Pricing, Do Your Compliance Prep in Summer for a Productive Winter and Fall, and Craft Breweries Across the U.S. Unveil Their Beer Recipes in New Guide

Kevin Diffily | July 31, 2017

July is almost over, but the roundup is in full swing, covering Total Wine’s win on discount pricing in Massachusetts, compliance prep in summer creates a productive winter and fall, and craft breweries across the U.S. unveil their beer recipes in new guide. Cheers!




Total Wine Wins Challenge on Discount Pricing | A Boston judge has ruled that Massachusetts alcohol retailers can legally sell booze at deep discounts when they order it in bulk, rebutting state regulators who said the practice can violate a state law that prohibits selling alcohol at less than cost. Boston Globe

Lawmakers Say They’re In No Hurry To “Fix” .05% DUI Law | Utah lawmakers won’t take up the issue of amending the controversial DUI law before the 2018 general session; and might not even then.

NAFTA Renegotiations Boost Pressure on Wine Relations | Canada is No. 1 country for U.S. wine exports, but discriminatory practices remain. Wines & Vines




Beer Remains the Preferred Alcoholic Beverage in the U.S. | Americans who drink alcohol continue to say they most often choose beer (40%) over wine (30%) and liquor (26%). Gallup

Distillers Call For Greater Transparency in Vodka | Vodka has, however unfairly, a long-standing reputation for smoke-and-mirrors marketing. Is a lack of transparency in the category obscuring consumer educaiton? The Spirits Business

California Case Study: Sales Shift to Craft While Business Models Remain Consistent | Brewers Association Chief Economist Bart Watson reviews Califronia beer sales data to evaluate the U.S. small brewering market. Brewers Association

Do Your Compliance Prep in Summer for a Productive Winter and Fall | Compliance and regulatory concerns for December’s products should also be top of mind in July. Getting your labels and other registrations in order now can save you a lot of turmoil later. ShipCompliant

Drizly Unveils “Industry First” Data Hub | On-demand alcohol delivery service Drizly has created an online hub that provides “unprecedented intelligence” on emerging trends, pricing and product movement, called Drizly Data Distllery. The Spirits Business



Craft Breweries Across the U.S. Unveil Their Beer Recipes in New Guide | Celebrating local, independent breweries, the American Homebrewers Association (AHA)—the leading community for homebrewers—today unveiled its inaugural 50-State Commercial Beer Clone Recipes Guide. Brewers Association

A Better Way to Make Drinks and Drugs | Print me a brewery. The Economist

There Are Blends and There Are Blends | Under the U.S.’s unique rules, “blended whiskey” is mixture of at least 20 percent straight whiskey, the remainder being whiskey or neutral spirits. Chuck Cowdry Blog