Legislative Update – 6/19/24

By Published On: June 19, 2024

Legislative measures across the nation may impact the craft beverage industry, either positively or negatively. Here are some of the bills the Craft Wine Association is tracking related to direct shipping regulations for craft distillers, wineries, and breweries across key states.

California (AB457): This bill would instead specify that a beverage container that is a box, bladder, or pouch, or similar container, containing wine or distilled spirits has a redemption payment and refund value of $0.10 for a beverage container with a capacity of less than 24 fluid ounces and $0.25 for a beverage container with a capacity of 24 fluid ounces or more. This bill is currently with the Senate Committee as of 18th June 2024.

Rhode Island (S2127): This bill authorizes manufacturer-wineries to sell three (3) drinks of wine for consumption on premises per visitor per day, where a drink is defined as five ounces (5 oz.) of wine. Additionally, this bill authorizes a manufacturer-winery to sell up to three (3) seven hundred fifty milliliter (750 ml) bottles of wine produced on the premises to be sold, for off premises consumption. The act takes effect upon passage. This bill was signed by the governor 17th June 2024.

New York (S02852): This bill amends the alcoholic beverage control law, in relation to authorizing the direct intrastate and interstate shipment of liquor, cider, mead, and braggot and relates to direct shipments of wine. This bill allows producers to ship within the same packaging any and all alcoholic beverages it lawfully produces and which it sells in accordance with its shipping privileges and responsibilities. This bill is awaiting signature by the governor as of June 7th 2024.

About the Author: Taylor Harrison

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Taylor joined the alcohol industry directly out of college as an intern with Constellation Brands. Shortly after, he was awarded the ability to play lacrosse for Team England, so he moved to London, where he began working as a fine wine market analyst for the London International Vintners Exchange. During his summers, he would take time off to do vintage work at a nearby winery in Surrey. Taylor joined Vinoshipper, from London, in 2021 and started up the data analytics program, offering insight into the craft alcohol industry.