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September 28, 2015

The TTB Issued New Guidance on Kombucha The TTB continues to be interested in kombucha.  The federal agency recently published new guidance.  The term “kombucha” refers to a fermented beverage produced from a mixture of steeped tea and sugar, combined with a culture of yeast strains and bacteria.  Some kombucha products also have fruit juice

September 26, 2015

NCSLA — Central/Western Regional Conference in Seattle Had a great time in Seattle, Washington–meeting great people, learning about new trends, and connecting with state and federal regulators. We learned about the history of why alcohol is treated differently; technology trends and implications for alcohol; craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries; millennials and alcohol; social responsibility and

July 23, 2015

The OLCC Rulemaking Process You can propose changes to the regulations that govern the OLCC.  The regulations that govern the OLCC are found here: OAR 845.  The process of developing or modifying regulations is called rulemaking.  Although rulemaking is often initiated by OLCC staff, individuals or groups may also petition the agency to develop, change, or

July 13, 2015

Liquor Liability Insurance: Proposed Rulemaking On April 25, 2014, The OLCC voted to initiate action to amend OAR 845-005-0400.  The rule governs the OLCC’s requirements for certain on-premises licensees to maintain liquor liability insurance.  The existing rule is excerpted below. The primary changes proposed by the initial rulemaking include the following: Revised Penalty Schedule for

June 25, 2015

The Oregon Distillery License Privileges Have Been Changed House Bill 2567 passed the Oregon Legislature earlier this year and became effective June 25, 2015. Inter-distillery Sales Allowed.  Oregon distillery licensees may purchase from, and sell distilled liquor to, another distillery licensee in containers having a capacity greater than one gallon for blending and manufacturing purposes.