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Nashville Mayor eats crow over downtown bar closures

We have heard a stream of queries from bar owners about potential lawsuits over the city’s handling of COVID-19.

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Waller liquor team welcomes Emme Craig

We are pleased to announce that Waller Liquor Team Member Jan Margaret Craig is the proud mother of Emmeline “Emme” Temple Craig, born at 7:47 a.m. September 14 at 9...

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Tennessee extends alcohol carryout and delivery through September 30

Governor Lee extends to go and delivery privileges through the end of September.

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How to expand your restaurant to include additional exterior space

During COVID-19, outdoor seating at restaurants is a popular option among diners.

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10 P.M. closing time for all Nashville bars and restaurants

Mayor Cooper announced the new closing time earlier in the week, citing crowding on Lower Broad.

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How does the sales tax holiday work for restaurants and bars?

In early August, consumers statewide can enjoy tax-free dining at Tennessee restaurants.

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Nashville bars shuttered, restaurants reduced to 50% capacity and bar seating closed

Metro has issued clarifying guidance for re-entering revised Phase Two, which begins July 3.

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Bending COVID-19 rules until they break

We are seeing significant upticks in state responses to violations of COVID-19 safety orders.

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Nashville enters Phase 3 beginning Monday June 22

Good news for Nashville restaurants and bars. Starting Monday June 22, Nashville is entering Phase 3.

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Will Metro Nashville Beer Board enforce health violations for COVID?

Folks are all abuzz about the June 18, 2020 “Emergency Meeting” of the Metro Nashville Beer Board.

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Pennies from Heaven for Tennessee small business?

The Tennessee Business Relief Program focuses on small businesses that were closed by the Governor's order in April.

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Tennessee restaurants reopening: What can we do besides eat?

Reopening of restaurants in Tennessee has raised a number of new questions.

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Tennessee Pledge to Reopen Restaurants

The Pledge is the playbook for how to operate your restaurant, bar or tasting room

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TTB rolls out new rules for distilleries, wineries and breweries

Federal regulators issued final rules that contain a few game-changers for the alcoholic beverage manufacturing industry.

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Starting May 11! Nashville's Roadmap for Reopening Restaurants and Bars

Bars and restaurants aren't planning on immediate openings in Nashville.

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When will Tennessee's bars, restaurants re-open? An educated guess

Given current modeling and new federal guidelines, we look at the possibilities for Tennessee.

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No COVID-19 tax holiday for sales and liquor by the drink taxes

An update on paying sales and liquor by the drink taxes in Tennessee.

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My bar or restaurant has closed for coronavirus. Now what?

Some tips for dealing with government agencies amid your closure.

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How to deliver beer in Tenn. cities during the corona closure

Nashville has enacted an emergency regulation allowing the delivery and sale of beer curbside and to-go.

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Latest updates for alcohol delivery by restaurants in Tennessee

The last few weeks have brought dramatic changes for restaurant operators in Tennessee.

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Hunker down update for Nashville, other Tennessee cities

Gov. Lee is limiting restaurants, bars and others to drive-through, carry-out and delivery service only.

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Tennessee distilleries do their part for hand sanitizer shortage

The Tennessee Distiller’s Guild has 15 distilleries producing hand sanitizer.

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Tennessee orders bars, restaurants closed except for delivery, takeout

Nashville is expected to allow delivery, curbside and “to-go” sales of sealed containers of beer.

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No hospitality industry tax holiday in Tennessee

With the industry devastated from the coronavirus, the question is: Do I have to pay my LBD and sales tax this month?

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How to support your local watering hole in Nashville

We have been hearing the same question from tons of bar owners: What do we do?

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Coronavirus interrupts beer board licensing in Tennessee

The coronavirus is slowing down the sale of beer, or at least the issuance of beer permits.

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New version of RLPS goes live in Tennessee

The Tennessee ABC unveiled its new version of the Regulatory Licensing and Permitting System on February 3.

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Wet your whistle while you work

Here’s a question with a surprising answer. Can I drink while working as a bartender, server or clerk at a liquor store?

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Who do I have to card when selling alcohol in Tennessee?

Universal carding requires staff to card everyone.

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Metro Nashville Beer Board rachets up enforcement

Beer board staff expects a continued uptick over the indefinite future.

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Distillers showcase finest at Grains & Grits preview

More than 30 distillers gathered for the invitation-only preview party.

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How to pay your Nashville beer privilege tax online

The Metro Nashville Beer Permit Board has greatly simplified payment of the $100 annual privilege tax for beer permits.

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Panic at the Disco: Where is my liquor license renewal?

Callers share a common refrain: “My license expires in a few days. I’m worried that I will have to stop selling liquor and the wholesalers won’t deliver.”

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How to ban firearms in Tennessee businesses

Following recent high-profile announcements about carrying guns at Walmart and Kroger, we thought folks might like to know how to legally ban weapons on their property. ...

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Tennessee passes plethora of new liquor laws in 2019

Here are this year’s highlights from the legislative session when it comes to liquor laws.

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Are Certificates of Compliance headed for extinction?

Tennessee recently eliminated the requirement for the renewal of wine in grocery store licenses.

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Spirits & Soul Fest puts the whiskey back into Memphis

Old Dominick Distillery and the Tennessee Whiskey Trail hosted the first Tennessee whiskey festival in Memphis since at least Prohibition.On Friday, April 26, more than 20...

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Alexa: Play Tennessee server permit training

With next to no ado, the Tennessee ABC has been quietly approving online courses for server permit training. A list of approved courses is provided here.Although not quite...

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Is there an ABC citation in your future for that cute can of cabernet?

Single-serve cans of champagne and wine are popping up everywhere. We see them being served at trendy restaurants, bars, hotels, nightclubs and even movie theatres.They’re...

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Second-in-command selected for Tennessee ABC

Tabitha Blackwell was named Assistant Director by the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission at its regular meeting on March 28.She was interviewed and hired on the spot....

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Manager questionnaires: Did the dreaded pink slips get a 'pink slip'?

It’s official: manager questionnaires are dead.Well, not quite official, but according to reliable sources at the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission, there are no plans...

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Tennessee’s carding conundrum: A simple fix for our obsession with carding...

Why do we have to show our IDs every time we purchase alcohol at bars, restaurants, grocery stores, convenience markets, retail liquor stores and seemingly every other place...

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Tennessee ABC simplifies corporate changes

As the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s online licensing system known as RLPS nears its first anniversary, the ABC continues to refine and enhance the system. This...

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Hail to the chief: Tennessee ABC names new top dog

Drumroll please  . . . cue the trumpets for the fanfare . . .Russell F. Thomas was named Director for the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission at today’s regular TABC...

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New TABC Director?

The Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission agenda has officially been published, but all eyes for this Thursday’s meeting at 10 a.m. will be focused on an item...

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How does the federal shutdown affect my liquor license application?

As of today, January 2, 2019, the continued closure of the federal government should have very little impact on pending liquor license applications. If the federal shutdown...

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Catering conundrum created by Tennessee RLPS

The Tennessee ABC’s fancy new online filing system known as RLPS has changed the landscape for liquor licensing in Tennessee.  The system generally works well.Notices...

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Starwood data breach serves as wakeup call to Tennessee bars, hotels and...

We suspect that thousands of Tennessee restaurants, hotels, bars and other hospitality businesses gather personal information from their customers for marketing purposes.  It...

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Never gonna keep the Tennessee Distiller's Guild down

A look back at the inaugural whiskey festival in 2014. Twenty-nine of the licensed distillers in Tennessee poured their finest at the third annual Grains & Grits...

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The future is now at the Metro Nashville Beer Board

Today, the Metro Nashville Beer Board makes history, becoming the first Tennessee beer board to officially enter cyberspace.On Monday, Beer Board Executive Director Benton...

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Supreme Court to determine if Tennessee can require residency for retail...

The U.S. Supreme Court granted permission to appeal a Tennessee case involving the constitutionality of the Tennessee residency requirement for retail liquor stores. The...

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Tennessee ABC Director Clay Byrd resigning

Updated 09.28.18Tennessee ABC Director Clay Byrd is resigning to pursue a career with a local Nashville law firm, starting October 15.  Director Byrd publicly announced...

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Metro Nashville Beer Board announced temporary beer permit charge

At its regular meeting last week, the Metro Nashville Beer Board announced it will charge $8.33 per month for temporary beer permits. The new charge became effective Monday...

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Metro Nashville Beer Board toasts new Tennessee open carry law

We believe that the Metro Nashville Beer Board has become the first local board in the State of Tennessee to officially approve “open carry” of beer between two different...

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Tennessee legislature serves up a host of new alcohol laws in 2018

Sunday sales of alcohol at retail liquor stores and grocery stores stole the spotlight in the 2018 Tennessee legislative session.

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The biggest problem with Tennessee's new vertical under-21 license

With much media fanfare, Tennessee introduced a new silver bullet for carding – a vertical driver’s license that is mandatory for anyone under the age of 21. Problem is,...

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Can I buy alcohol on Thanksgiving in Tennessee?

It’s that time of year again when relatives arrive en masse for a few days of turkey, football and conversation. No better time than to stock up on booze.Tennessee state law...

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Restaurants and hotels get the green light to give away alcohol

Generations of restauranteurs and hoteliers have been told they cannot give away liquor. Since liquor by the drink was originally adopted in Tennessee in the late 1960s, it...

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New Tennessee open carry law is gamechanger for many restaurants, hotels

Among the many liquor laws passed this legislative session by the Tennessee General Assembly, one of the biggest changes, in our humble opinion, is the new Open Carry law.&...

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Tennessee Sunday alcohol sales: What you need to know

The Sunday sale of wine and liquor is now legal in stores across Tennessee.With this new law, however, there are some new restrictions imposed on...

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The tax man cometh -- and he's thirsty

Lots of folks have been asking of late, “Do I have to show taxes in drink prices?”The Tennessee Department of Revenue recently clarified that including taxes in drink...

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Gov. Haslam taps newest ABC Commissioner

This week's Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission meeting featured a new face up front. Ashleigh Harb Roberts is the new Commissioner for the Middle District of...

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Can I bring my own wine into a restaurant in Tennessee?

Here's an oft-repeated question: can I "brown bag" — bring my own wine —  in a restaurant, hotel or bar that holds a liquor license in Tennessee?Surprise,...

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Dead again: Court strikes down Tennessee residency requirement for liquor...

Source: Miosotis Jade The verdict is in.  The two-year residency requirement for Tennessee liquor stores is officially dead.  Again.This week, the U.S....

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Tennessee ABC puts the smack down on Jell-O shots

Source: TMAB2003 on FlikrLate last year, we began hearing from restaurants and bars that were being cited for unlabeled Jell-O shots. It seems the Tennessee ...

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Craft distillers, brewers are big winners with Trump tax cuts

Craft distillers, vintners and brewers generally don’t boast about being in the profession for the money. Their passion and love of the artisan trade inspire long hours in...

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Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage chairman Bryan Kaegi resigns

Source: State of TennesseeWe bid farewell to Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Chairman and Commissioner Bryan Kaegi.Commissioner Kaegi announced his resignation at the December...

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Can I Sell Sake in My Grocery Store in Tennessee?

Tennessee liquor laws are hopelessly complicated, and the rules for sake are among the most byzantine. Sake is rice wine.  Is it wine under Tennessee law? No.  Wine...

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Online Applications Going Live With the Tennessee ABC

The Tennessee ABC will be launching its new online system, RLPS, starting January 22, 2018.  Zack Blair, Assistant Director for the Tennessee ABC, lead an informative session...

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Leadership at Nashville Beer Board Takes Charge

The Metro Beer Board officially coronated Benton McDonough as Executive Director at its November 2, 2017 meeting.  Could Sainthood be next? Director McDonough and Board...

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When is Happy Hour Not so Happy In Tennessee?

The rules on Happy Hour in Tennessee can drive you to drink.  Make that a double. Nothing good seems to happens after 10 pm, or at least so thinks the Tennessee state...

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Landlords with Percent Rent from Liquor Get Some Love from Tennessee ABC

Landlords know this problem all too well. The Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission calls a landlord an "indirect owner" if the landlord that receives 5% or more in...

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Roll Out the Red Tape for Tennessee Retail Liquor and Grocery Stores:...

Anyone that has applied for a liquor license for a grocery or retail liquor store in Tennessee understands red tape. We purchase the stuff by the truckload around here. We...

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Metro Nashville Beer Board Shakes it Off

Major change is afoot at the Metro Nashville Beer Board. After several years of dedicated service, longtime Beer Board Chair Anne Arney "retired." Like most Tennessee beer...

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Goliath Enters Moonshine Market: Jack Daniel's Unaged Rye Whiskey

Recent changes in Tennessee distillery laws have paved the path for several new whiskey distilleries. New brands like Popcorn Sutton, Ole Smokey and Short Mountain Shine have...

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What's On Your Wall?

Restaurant, hospitality and grocery insiders call it the wall.  You know, the place where you have to publicly display your liquor license and other stuff the State of...

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Drink, Drank, Drunk. Drinking 23 Hours 7 Days a Week Headed to Two Tennessee...

For the first time ever, revelers can legally belly up to the bar after last call at two Nashville restaurants  - The Diner and The Scoreboard. Thanks to legislation inked...

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Tennessee Liquor Team Welcomes Baby Girl

Many of our loyal readers know Beth Frasch, who is charged with the near impossible task of keeping yours truly, as well as managing the workflow for the Bone McAllester...

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Early Bird Gets The WIGS?

Maybe so, if you are a food store looking to renew your wine in grocery store license, which we affectionately call WIGS. What gives? Picture this.  Several hundred...

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Tennessee ABC Names New Commissioner

Richard Skiles was named the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commissioner for the Western Section of Tennessee at the April 6, 2017 TABC meeting. Commissioner Skiles replaces...

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Tennessee Restaurants and Bars Celebrate Larger ABC Fines for Sales to Minors

We rarely hear business owners excited to pay more money to government.  But many Tennessee restaurants, bars and venues are eagerly supporting pending legislation to allow...

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How Do I Transfer a Liquor License When I Purchase a Restaurant or Bar in...

We hear it all the time.  A top of the charts question is how do I transfer the liquor license when I purchase a restaurant or bar in Tennessee? Here is a simple guide...

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Tennessee Grocery Stores, Restaurants, Bars and Hotels Be on the Alert for...

Just today, March 3, 2017, we heard from a restaurant that was "inspected" by agents looking for illegal immigrants and asking about proper documentation.  Scary stuff.  We...

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And the Envelope Please...Oscars Not Alone in Accounting Problems: Tennessee...

Bone McAllester paralegal extraordinaire, Jennifer Maxey, tells us that the Tennessee Department of Revenue will not process new registrations for sales tax numbers, known as...

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Survey Says: Tennesseans Want to Buy Wine in Groceries on Sundays

We figured that following passage of Wine in Grocery Store legislation, which we affectionately call WIGS, popular demand among consumers would lead to more changes in...

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Tennessee Considers More Wine in Grocery Stores with Legislation

Wine in Grocery Store legislation, which we affectionately call WIGS, allowed Tennessee grocery stores to sell wine beginning July 1, 2016, with a food store license issued...

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Tennessee Legislature Looks to Legion of Liquor Laws

The Tennessee state legislature is in session again and several changes are proposed for alcoholic beverages.  Our friends at Nashville law firm Gullet Sanford have done such...

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Tennessee State Legislature Proposes to Sidestep Metro Nashville Beer Board...

As we read it, a bill pending before the Tennessee State Legislature would essentially bypass the Metro Nashville beer application process for restaurants, hotels and other...

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Which Employees Can My Restaurant or Bar Legally Tip?

We hear lots of questions about tipping.  Can I include kitchen staff in tips?  Can food runners share tips?  What about my sushi chef? Restaurants, bars, caterers and...

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Carding Sting for Tennessee Retail Liquor Stores Delivering Alcoholic...

We recently learned of a new downside for Tennessee retail liquor stores delivering bottles of alcohol to customers.  The Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission cited at...

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Don't Expect Tennessee ABC Commissioner McDaniel to Stop Rockin'

Turnover among Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commissioners is inevitable.  Although the alcoholic beverage industry is relatively glamorous, as compared with morticians and...

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Tennessee ABC Updated Citation List Shows Seriousness of Sales to Minors

We love that the new Tennessee ABC under Clay Byrd is committed to transparency.  A huge new development under Director Byrd's leadership is compiling and releasing...

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Photos from Liquor Conferences

We have been remiss in not posting photos from liquor conferences.  Sorry. Reminds us of Nirvana's All Apologies: What else should I write I don't have the right What...

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Tennessee Department of Revenue Revamps Liquor-by-the-Drink Bond Process

The Department of Revenue recently announced major changes to liquor bonds for Tennessee restaurants, bars, venues and other liquor license holders.  Read more here. We...

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Ring in the New Year by Forgetting About Tennessee's Crazy High Gravity Beer...

On January 1, 2017, the legal definition of beer in Tennessee changes from 5% to 8% alcohol by weight.  Meaning that beers with less than roughly 10% alcohol by volume no...

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High Grav Beer Law Change Has Hidden Consequences for Tennessee Breweries

We follow up our Tennessee high gravity beer news with minutia that only a serious industry member like a Brewery could appreciate.  The info in this post is compliments of...

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Wine is Probably a Bad Idea for a Holiday Present from a Tennessee Restaurant

We often get this question during the holidays?  Can my restaurant or bar give a bottle of wine or spirits to a vendor or good customer for Christmas in Tennessee? We...

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Tentative 2017 Legislative Wish List for Tennessee ABC

We love the transparency of the new Tennessee ABC regime under relatively new Director Clay Byrd.  For example, at the regular December ABC meeting, Assistant Director Zach...

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TTB Establishes Waiver Process for Late Excise Tax Filings for Gatlinburg and...

A small but important silver lining for moonshiners in Sevier County.  After the tragic fire, we asked the TTB to consider easing the deadlines on reporting and paying excise...

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New Rules for Tennessee Wholesalers & Restaurants and Bars

The new leadership at the Tennessee ABC has been issuing informal guidelines on a variety of subjects.  We love the informal rules and hope they keep coming. At the links...

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