5 06, 2017

TABC Clarifies Definition of “Wine” in Tennessee

There can be no doubt that our Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (“TABC”) and staff have been hard at work since the 2016 rollout of Tennessee’s Wine in Grocery Stores (“WIGS”) legislation which was Tennessee’s largest revision of state alcoholic beverage laws since Prohibition.  TABC Director Clay Byrd, Assistant Director Zach Blair, and the rest of

20 02, 2017

The Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (“TABC”) Publishes “Frequently Asked Questions”

The Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission has published a Frequently Asked Questions document on its website which is helpful for industry members and licensees of all industry types. Director Clayton Byrd, Assistant Director Zack Blair, Staff Attorneys Josh Stepp and Keith Hollingshead-Cook, and the rest of the staff have been working hard to update the TABC’s

7 11, 2016

Tennessee Cannabis Industry Spotlight – Part I

Over the last two years the state of the cannabis industry in Tennessee has been rapidly evolving.  In the early twentieth century, cannabis was outlawed at both the state and federal level by the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 which eventually led to the enacting of the Controlled Substances Act in the 1970’s. The Tennessee

28 09, 2016

Alcoholic Beverage Wholesaler and Employees Indicted for Alleged Booze Smuggle

According to a report from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Maryland, a federal grand jury indicted Republic National Distribution Company, LLC, and several of its employees, on charges arising from a scheme to defraud the state and city of New York and registered New York wholesalers. Full report:  https://www.ttb.gov/news/liquor-wholesaler-indicted.shtml The 23 count indictment essentially

6 05, 2016

Tennessee’s Recent “3-Tier for Beer” Law

If you represent a brewery, or even an individual or a company with a financial interest in a brewery, there are some new laws and restrictions to consider.  Referred to as the “3-Tier for Beer” laws, found in T.C.A. Title 57, Chapter 5, these laws prohibit certain joint relationships between breweries and retailers of beer.