Charles K. Cowdery

Revised Rules for Whiskey Labeling? Proceed With Caution


Craft distillers often complain about the Federal Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits (27 Code of Federal Regulations 5), a set of labeling rules enforced by the Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) of the Treasury Department. These regulations define which spirits can be called what names. Small producers complain that the rules are outdated, squelch […]

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Will the CDC Let Us Drink in Peace This Fourth of July?


As Independence Day approaches Monday, one wonders if the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will follow its recent pattern and release some scary anti-alcohol study right before the holiday, so that everyone who enjoys a cold one can feel at least a little bit guilty about it. In 2013, they were […]

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Do We Still Need the Three-Tier System for Alcohol?


The 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which repealed Prohibition, left it up to the states to regulate the distribution and sale of alcoholic beverages. The states did not have to impose a three-tier system — comprising producers, distributors, and retailers — but all of them did. While producers in many sectors rely on distributors […]

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