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Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) Sting OP

On April 4, 2019, a Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) Sting operation took place in Brentwood, Tennessee, resulting in citations to eight businesses that were caught selling beer to minors.  The article below is one small example of how active the TABC enforcement measures are this year.  Please see our blog post of March 30, …

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Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Trade Bureau Issues Guidance Regarding Production of Alcohol With Cannabis

The Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Trade Bureau (TTB) has issued a long-awaited statement pertaining to the producing of alcoholic beverages containing CBD and other cannabis derived substances.  The alcohol and cannabis industries have been on the edges of their seats, awaiting guidance from both the TTB and FDA following the signing of the Agriculture Improvement …

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE TENNESSEE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE COMMISSION REGARDING LICENSE RENEWALS

On April 5, 2019, the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (“TABC”) issued an important notice to all holders of a TABC-issued liquor license.  The copy of the message is included below.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions pertaining to the licensing of your alcoholic beverage business or a renewal or …

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At the March 28, 2019 meeting of the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (“TABC”), a new Assistant Director was appointed and the public got a summary of what TABC enforcement agents have been focusing on over the last 30 days.  Assistant Director Tabitha Blackwell The TABC appointed Ms. Tabitha Blackwell to its Assistant Director position during …

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Nashville Beer Board Now Requiring….

In 2018, Director McDonough and the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County Beer Board (“Beer Board”) rolled out its online, electronic system for the filing of applications and the payment of annual privilege tax.  As part of Nashville’s “ePermits” system, the database provides for integration into other Metro departments and is proving to be …

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE FEDERAL ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO TAX AND TRADE BUREAU TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE INDUSTRY MEMBERS

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE FEDERAL ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO TAX AND TRADE BUREAU TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE INDUSTRY MEMBERS RE: FEDERAL SHUTDOWN AND REOPENING As many know, the federal government reopened on Monday of last week.  To say that we have been busy communicating with the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (“TTB”) on behalf …

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Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission Announces New Director

During its January 31, 2019 meeting, the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission announced that local attorney Russell F. Thomas will be serving as the agency’s new director.  Director Thomas’s first day on the job will be Monday, February 4, 2019.  I had the pleasure of visiting with Director Thomas after yesterday’s meeting and very much look …

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Government shutdown delays local brewpub opening

I enjoyed being interviewed by the Nashville Post last week and contributing to their story about the impact of the federal shutdown on local businesses.  Please see the full article copy below. The effort to open a brewpub just east of downtown has hit a snag — the result, in large part, of the federal …

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Hemp Legalization Nears Finish Line With Congress Approving 2018 Farm Bill

On December 12th, 2018, the U.S. House and Senate approved the 2018 Farm Bill, which includes provisions that legalize on a federal level the production of hemp (and all cannabinoids derived from it, such as CBD).  The next and final required step is the signature of POTUS. Below is a fantastic summary of the news …

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Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission Searches for New Director

At the September 27, 2018, meeting of the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (“TABC”), Director Clay Byrd announced that he would be stepping down as Director, effective October 10, 2018.  Director Byrd shared with the Commission and all present his very mixed feelings about his departure.  With the implementation of wine in grocery stores, the rollout …

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