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Below is a portion of the press release from the New York State Liquor Authority. For the full release and a Q&A, click here.   Pursuant to the Governor’s order, effective Monday, March 16, 2020 at 8:00PM, all licensed on-premises establishments (e.g. restaurants, bars, taverns, clubs, arenas, catering establishments, etc.) must cease on-premises sales of alcoholic beverages and/or food.  Additionally, all licensed manufacturers with on-premises privileges must also cease on-premises sales of alcoholic beverages and/or food; however, a licensed manufacturer may continue all manufacturing operations.  This restriction shall continue until April 15, 2020 but may be extended or reduced depending upon the circumstances. To aid in prevention of the spread of the coronavirus and assist businesses impacted by the current state of emergency, the Governor has ordered the State Liquor Authority (SLA) to promulgate guidance on new off-premises privileges for licensed businesses with on-premises privileges. The State Liquor Authority offers the following guidance: Any on-premises licensee and any manufacturing licensee with on-premises retail privileges may sell for off-premises consumption any alcoholic beverages that it is able to sell for on premises consumption under the law. For example, a tavern wine licensee may sell beer, wine, cider, mead, and wine product, but not liquor, and a farm winery may sell any New York State labeled wine, beer, cider, mead, or liquor, but not non-New York State products unless it has an on-premises license as well. Alcoholic beverage sold for off-premises consumption pursuant to this guidance may be sold in any closed…

With the help of the Kentucky Distillers Association, a Kentucky bill allowing direct-to-consumer distilled spirits and wine shipments was signed into law on April 13th, 2018. HB 400 permits tourists visiting state distilleries and wineries to purchase a souvenir bottle and have it shipped directly to the purchaser’s home. HB 400 amended KRS 243.0305 to allow distilleries to ship product directly to consumers and allows for consumer participation in monthly club memberships or subscriptions. Now, consumers visiting Kentucky distilleries may purchase 4.5 liters of whiskey per person, per day and elect to have the whiskey shipped directly to their homes. Sales made after January 1, 2021 will allow for consumers to purchase and ship 9 liters of whiskey per person, per day. Additionally, whiskey fans may now participate in a subscription service or bottle of the month club and receive up to nine liters of distilled spirits delivered directly to their home annually. KRS 243.155 was also amended to allow small farm wineries to sell up to 4 cases of wine per person per day for shipment directly to the purchaser. Small farm wineries may also participate in monthly club memberships or wine subscription services where members may have up to 1 case of wine per month shipped directly to their residence. All Deliveries must be made by a licensed common carrier authorized to deliver or ship distilled spirits and wine to the destination state (remember to see individual state shipping laws on the permissibility of DTC shipping in that…

The Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) is meeting today to discuss next steps regarding illegal shipments of alcohol into the state from out-of-state retailers, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. This is follow-up from the December ILCC cease and desist letters sent to almost 1,000 liquor stores around the country.  “The illegal direct shipment of alcohol into the state of Illinois is something that the Illinois Liquor Control Commission takes very seriously,” noted a statement from the ILCC quoted in the Sun-Times. “The cease and desist letters are a continuation of enforcement efforts by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission as we look to halt the shipment of alcoholic liquor from unlicensed sources into Illinois.” The issue is not only direct shipments to consumers, but also Illinois liquor stores receiving alcohol from out-of-state. According to the Sun-Times, one store maintained a “front door register” for normal retail business and a “back door register” for sales to Illinois liquor stores. The result: lost tax revenue for the state.