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Stark & Stark Attorney Published in the Philadelphia Business Journal

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Bianca A. Roberto, member of the Business & Corporate and Beer & Spirits Groups, authored the article Raise a Glass: Pennsylvania’s Archaic Liquor Laws are Finally Changing, which was published in the Philadelphia Business Journal on October 27, 2015. The article describes the impact that local brewers, distributors and retailers of beer have had on… Continue Reading

Amendment to Pennsylvania Liquor Code Allowing Direct Shipment of Wine

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Recently, the Pennsylvania Senate passed House Bill 189, which amends the Pennsylvania Liquor Code to permit wine producers to ship wine directly to Commonwealth residents and reduces the special liquor order markup for licensees. Before wine-makers can start shipping their wine, they will need to obtain a direct wine shippers license, which must be renewed on an annual… Continue Reading

Proposed FDA Rule Could be Troublesome for Brewers

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For many years, farmers have purchased brewers’ leftover grains to use as animal feed. This relationship is beneficial for both the environment and the parties – it allows the farmers to feed their animals at a reasonable low cost, and it gives breweries a way to dispose of their used grain. It’s a win-win for everyone.

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s Nuisance Bar Program

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If you’re liquor licensee in Pennsylvania, you’re likely subject to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s (PLCB) Nuisance Bar Program (“NBP”). The NBP was established in 1990 and is run by the PLCB. The NBP provides a method for the PLCB to manage licensed establishments that may have “abused” their licensing privilege. The program’s objective is to help licensees avoid being labeled as a “nuisance bar” by changing their business practices and to close establishments that are determined to be a “nuisance.”

Licensing Issues for Event Venues

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Sports stadiums and other event venues are there, predominantly, to hold events for the entertainment of their patrons. Many of these venues hold various liquor licenses and permits for the sale of alcoholic beverages on the premises.

Pennsylvania Offers New Tavern Gaming License

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On November 27, 2013, Governor Corbett signed Act 90 of 2013 into law, which permits most retail liquor licensees to apply for a brand new license, the Tavern Gaming License. The new license application was created by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) and the Gaming Control Board (GCB).