Monday, June 27, 2016

Announcing Landmark Changes to New York’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Law

In a landmark judgment by various governors, New York’s almost century-old Alcoholic Beverage Control Law will be modernized to better suit retail sales, producers, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and cideries. With all that said, the new regulations will allow for three times the amount of new fully licensed liquor selling and the creation of new establishments. 
According to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, one of the many state representatives who helped to bring the new law into effect, the new Alcoholic Beverage Control Law will “overhaul this state's archaic blue laws and will build upon these ongoing efforts by knocking down artificial barriers for restaurants and small businesses and helping this industry grow even stronger.” In essence, much of the legal red tape that prohibited businesses from selling alcohol will be removed. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie hopes that the law will “encourage new business development, inspire tourism and open the door for new ventures.” The details of the new law are as follows:
- Liquor stores are now allowed to sell gift wrapping and bags to customers.
- Smaller resellers, whose position it is to make a profit from imported liquor, will now benefit from reduced fees. It will now cost $1,460 for a one-year beer license or $27,280 for a three-year liquor license. 
- Wines are now allowed to be removed from their original packaging and sold in growlers. Additionally, customers are now allowed to take a partially finished bottle of wine home.
- Small businesses no longer require multiple licenses to sell liquor. For instance, an establishment which sells liquor, craft beer, and wine was previously required to have a separate license for each. Now, it falls under one blanket liquor license.
- An extension on Sunday sales. Statewide, liquor can now be sold at 10am.
Both the consumers and producers of liquor will now benefit from these newly relaxed laws. Contact us today to discuss how these changing regulations impact your New York Restaurant Insurance.


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