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  June 19, 2018 What’s Brewing – 2018 Changes to North Carolina ABC Laws The North Carolina General Assembly ratified House Bill 500, ABC Omnibus Legislation, and the bill has been presented to the Governor for signature. The legislation makes various changes to North Carolina ABC laws, which affect suppliers, wholesalers and retailers, as summarized below.  These changes are effective upon signature by the Governor.   December 28, 2017 New Tax Bill Includes Significant Changes to Federal Alcohol Excise Taxes On Wednesday, December 20, 2017, Congress passed H.R. 1, commonly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) and President Trump signed the Act into law on Friday, December 22nd.  The Act makes significant changes to individual and business tax rules, and we invite you to read Williams Mullen’s update here.  Of interest and benefit to the alcoholic beverage industry, the Act includes the Federal excise tax reductions and certain other changes proposed in the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (the “CBA”) (H.R. 747 / S. 236).  It is important to note that these CBA tax reductions and changes are, at present, only effective for 2018 and 2019 and will “sunset” after December 31, 2019.       November 13, 2017 Financing Risk Assessment - NC Craft Brewers Guild Keith Kapp and Jennifer Morgan of Williams Mullen, along with Ken Jernigan of Hannover Square and Sebastian Wolfrum of Bull Durham Beer Co. and Epiphany Craft Malt, gave a presentation on November 9, 2017 at the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild annual conference on Financing Risk Assessment, which addressed financing for breweries in the evolving craft brewing industry.     April 06, 2017 North Carolina ABC Omnibus Legislation – House Bill 500 The North Carolina General Assembly is considering a number of alcohol-related bills in the 2017 long session.    April 06, 2017 Economic and Job Growth for NC Distilleries – House Bill 460 / Senate Bill 155 One of the significant alcohol bills being considered by the North Carolina General Assembly during the 2017 legislative session is the Economic and Job Growth for NC Distilleries bill.   April 05, 2017 Other North Carolina Alcohol Bills In addition to the ABC Omnibus Legislation, and the Economic Growth for NC Distilleries / “Brunch Bill,” other alcohol-related bills being considered by the North Carolina General Assembly during the 2017 long session are as follows:   April 19, 2016 North Carolina ABC Commission To Hold Meetings to Discuss Rule Revisions Beginning in May 2016, the North Carolina ABC Commission will hold a series of “informal chat sessions” to discuss needed revisions to the ABC regulations.   May 26, 2016 Jennifer Morgan Participates on Panel at ABC Town Hall On May 24, I participated as a panelist at an ABC Town Hall organized by Raleigh Works Here and the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA) on May 24th. In addition to myself, speakers on the panel included North Carolina ABC Commission Executive Director Bob Hamilton and General Counsel for LM Restaurants, Chris Moutos.  Lynn Minges, President of the NCRLA, moderated the event.   June 08, 2016 Proposed New North Carolina Law Would Modify Annual Permit Registration Fees for Beer and Wine North Carolina Senate Bill 833 proposes to reduce the annual registration fees paid by persons holding malt beverage, fortified wine, and unfortified wine permits in North Carolina. Currently, these beer and wine permit holders pay an annual registration fee of $400 for each beer or wine permit held.   June 09, 2016 Proposed New North Carolina Law Would Allow Distilleries to Sell Direct to Consumers Outside the State at the Distiller’s Price North Carolina House Bill 169, the Regulatory Reduction Act of 2016, proposes to authorize North Carolina distilleries to “better complete nationally and internationally” by allowing distilleries to sell direct to consumers for delivery outside of North Carolina, subject to the laws of the other states, and for these retail sales, at the distiller’s price, rather than the North Carolina uniform State price. A previous version of the bill included a provision that would have increased the cap on bottle sales at the distillery from one bottle per person per year to one bottle of each product per person per year, but that provision was removed from the current version of the bill on 8 June 2016.