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Beverage Alcohol Tax News October 2021

State Beverage Alcohol Tax Update October 2021


Oct. 22, 2021 California: Certain Licensed Public Eating Places May Be Authorized for Off-Sales

Effective January 1, 2022, and until December 31, 2026, California licensees operating a bona fide public eating place may sell alcoholic beverages in specific containers for off-sale consumption. The beverages must be sold in conjunction with a bona fide meal and are limited to two drinks per meal. 

An alcoholic beverage sold for off-sale consumption must be:

  • Ordered by the consumer, electronically or in person.
  • Picked up by the consumer personally from the licensee.
  • May not be ordered or picked up for delivery.

Licensees must send written notification to the department before doing so in order to get approval and selling conditions.

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Aug. 20, 2021 New Hampshire: liquor manufacturers Authorized to Sell and Sample at Farmers’ Markets

Effective September 28, 2021, Liquor manufacturers may provide one 0.5-ounce liquor sample per-label to attendants of farmers’ markets with prior written authorization by the applicable town or city's governing body. The samples must be provided in clearly defined areas that are approved by the commission. In addition to offering samples, qualified liquor manufacturers may also sell their products at retail in the original sealed containers at a farmers’ market.

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Jul. 20, 2021 Connecticut: Tax Rate on Beer Reduced; Outdoor Service of Alcohol Allowed

Effective for sales occurring in Connecticut on or after July 1, 2023, the beer tax rate paid by distributors will be reduced to: 

  • $6 (currently, $7.20) per barrel
  • $3 (currently, $3.60) for each half barrel
  • $1.50 (currently, $1.80) for each quarter barrel
  • 20 cents (currently, 24 cents) per wine gallon or other proportional amount for quantities less than a quarter barrel.

These tax rates do not apply to beer sold for off premises consumption on a manufacturer's premises.

Effective April 1, 2022, each municipality in Connecticut must allow any licensee of a food establishment to serve food and beverages, including alcoholic beverages, outdoors as an accessory use of the food establishment's permitted use.

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Jul. 14, 2021 Colorado: Increased limits on the Production of Alcoholic Beverages Granted to Distillery Pubs and Vintner’s Restaurants

Effective September 7, 2021, production limits have increased as follows:

  • A distillery pub establishment in Colorado is allowed to ferment and distill up to 875,000 (formerly, 45,000) liters of spirituous liquor on its licensed premises each calendar year.
  • A vintner's restaurant that sells food for on-premises consumption is authorized to manufacture up to 925,000 (formerly, 250,000) gallons of wine on its licensed premises each calendar year.

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Jul. 9, 2021 Illinois: Sales for Off-premises Consumption may Continue if Requirements are Met

Effective until January 3, 2024, if specific requirements are met, a cocktail, mixed drink, or single serving of wine in a licensee sealed container or the manufacturer's original container, may be sold for off-premises consumption in Illinois if specified requirements are met.

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Jun. 24, 2021 Tennessee: Wineries that Direct Ship are Allowed to Increase Shipments to Individuals

Limits on the amount of wine that Direct Shipping Wineries in Tennessee may distribute have increased as follows:

  • A winery that produces or manufactures less than 270,000 liters of wine annually may ship up to 54 liters of wine to an individual per calendar year.
  • A winery that produces or manufactures more than 270,000 liters of wine annually may ship up to 27 liters of wine to an individual in a calendar year.

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