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See below from ASCSA, just remember to follow FDA rules and regs: American Craft Spirits Association GUIDANCE FOR DSP PRODUCTION OF HAND SANITIZER AND SANITARY SPRAY Craft distilleries around the country are stepping in to help alleviate our national shortage of sanitizing solutions. Two products in particular are in high demand: 60% ABV hand sanitizer and 70% ABV sanitary spray for surface disinfection. ACSA is working closely with TTB and FDA to ensure DSPs have the appropriate regulatory guidance and other information needed to ensure proper production and distribution guidelines are followed, as well as standards for safety and efficacy. TTB Just released from TTB, March 18, 2020 at 6:00p.m. This special edition contains guidance for DSPs and Industrial Alcohol User permittees on producing ethanol-based hand sanitizers. Due to the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Acting Administrator of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has found that it is necessary or desirable to waive provisions of internal revenue law with regard to distilled spirits, and therefore is providing certain exemptions and authorizations to distilled spirits permittees who wish to produce ethanol-based hand sanitizers to address the demand for such products during this emergency. Any existing DSP therefore can immediately commence production of hand sanitizer or distilled spirits (ethanol) for use in hand sanitizer, as described below, without having to obtain authorization first. These measures are generally authorized under authorities that apply in disaster situations, and as a result, are initially approved through June 30, 2020, with the…

The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA) has no doubt benefited those in the alcohol beverage industry. The tax relief under the CBMTRA is set to expire at the 2019. Industry members, including the American Craft Sprits Association (ACSA), are working hard to extend the tax benefits under the CBMTRA indefinitely. If you want to learn about the following: Outlook of the current status of tax legislation and extension efforts; Possible impact to your clients on December 31, 2019; If and how other issues, like the impeachment proceedings, could impact the Congressional agenda. Then please join ACSA’s public policy counsel, James Hyland of the Pennsylvania Avenue Group, on October 16th at 3pm EST for a complimentary webinar.

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I am pleased to be participating in the American Craft Spirit Association’s upcoming webinar. The details are below:   Craft Spirits Classroom: Quenching Your Thirst for Knowledge Do You Have Questions About ACQUISITIONS? We Have Answers Have you ever considered selling your distillery? During this webinar, presented by Ryan Malkin and Dan Gasper, we will delve into various options regarding a potential acquisition. Perhaps you’re entering into a national distribution agreement with a major supplier, selling just one brand under your umbrella, a strategic partnership, or simply walking away and making a complete sale. Who: Ryan Malkin, pro bono counsel for ACSA whose practice focuses on the alcohol beverage industry (find out more below in our Q&A), and Dan Gasper, COO of Distill Ventures, who has presented webinars and classes for ACSA in the past including “Go Deep, Not Wide: Gaining Traction in One Market.” When: Wednesday, October 18, 3:00-4:00 PM EDT Where: Online! Level: All levels welcome!   In addition, please find a short  Q&A: A Q&A with Your ACSA Team We asked two members of the ACSA family to answer a few questions about their experience in the craft spirits community and the challenges facing the industry. Read below to find responses from Jim Hyland, ACSA’s lobbyist on Capitol Hill, and Ryan Malkin, pro bono counsel for ACSA whose practice focuses on the alcohol beverage industry. Can you describe the lobbying work you do for the industry? Jim Hyland: “I work very closely with the ACSA President, Mark Shilling, Executive Director Margie A.S. Lehrman and our…

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