Archive for the ‘Booze Rules’ Category

AB 1252: Sanitation Overkill?

by Erin Kelleher 01.28.14

New legislation effective January 1 in California banning food employees from touching “ready-to-eat” food with their bare hands is causing an uproar in the bartender community. Ready-to-eat food must now be handled with “suitable utensils,” effectively requiring bartenders to wear gloves when making drinks that contain something edible, including cocktail basics such as lime and mint. As of January 28, over 9,000 people have signed the petition on to exempt bartenders from this requirement. However, limiting the exemption to bartenders does not go far enough. Wine and beer tasting room employees will also be required to wear gloves if they serve food in addition to drinks at the tasting room, which is common practice at many locations. While larger brewpubs and wineries often have commercial kitchens with staff that prepare food for guests, many smaller operations do not. For example, under this law leanly staffed establishments may now have… Read more

Growlers: Not Just for Beer Anymore

by Sara Mann 01.21.14

In the past few years, wine packaging and dispensing in the U.S. has taken on new forms, going beyond the now-ubiquitous screw caps on bottles.  These include the various permutations of wine “in a box,” Tetra Paks, and single servings of sparkling and still wine in cans.  On-premise retailers are also increasingly offering wines on tap by the glass or carafe, which retain their freshness better than wines from open bottles. These new technologies offer a range of benefits, from environmental (reduction in the use of glass and the supplier’s carbon footprint) to economic (cheaper packaging and lighter, more efficient freight loads), to widening wine’s appeal to new consumers—particularly the younger set, who are more likely to welcome innovation and are less bound to tradition. Enter the concept of growlers for wine.  A “growler” is a container that most commonly is filled with beer from a tap at a brewery… Read more

California Legislative Roundup 2014

by Rebecca Stamey-White 01.14.14

A new year brings new California laws regulating the alcoholic beverage industry and in our first Booze Rules post of 2014, we’re highlighting some of the biggest changes. AB 1116: Supplier Entertainment of Consumers Events An issue near and dear to many of our clients engaging in consumer tasting events, Assemblymember Hall’s AB 1116 extends and slightly opens up B&P Code § 25600.5, which provides a mechanism for suppliers to entertain consumers off their premises and without charge.  Previously, these events were restricted to in-state licensees (distilled spirits manufacturers, winegrowers, rectifier, distillers or their authorized agents) and could only be conducted at premises not licensed for retail sale with the supplier purchasing the alcohol for the event from a licensed caterer.  Under the new law: – Events may now be conducted by out-of-state distilled spirits shipper’s certificate holders. Note that wholesalers, beer manufacturers, out-of-state wineries and beer manufacturers are still… Read more