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Old 04-20-2012, 07:51 PM   #141
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I'm interested in hearing the legal runaround you probably had to go through. How does the licensing work? How do you account for taxes, etc? Are you limited to <10% ABV brews or doesn't it matter?

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Old 04-23-2012, 07:35 PM   #142
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Well, licensing is a big issue so I might need you to be a little more specific, but here's the basic rundown of when stuff happens.

- Rent/lease building (yep, you have to be spending money for the entire 1-2 years of licensing)
- THEN: Apply for federal license (all owners have to list everywhere they lived/worked in the past decade, etc)
- (Wait)
- THEN: Apply for state license (ditto the live/work part, and you also need to be fingerprinted)
- If you're doing any construction on the building, it has to be done now.
- Get Certificate of Occupancy or Certificate of Compliance from the city
- Receive state license
- THEN: Apply for retail license to sell growlers

So, we're open and selling but can't fill growlers yet.

We have to designate a step after which the kegs are taxed. So we could theoretically have a keg in our fridge for drinking at the brewery that's not taxed (* I think: I'm the web dude, not the accountant, but I'm pretty sure this is the case) but once we move them to our main cooler they're considered taxed. Obviously anything we sell we have to tax.

Thankfully there are no limits on the abv of what we can make.

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Old 04-24-2012, 11:50 AM   #143
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Awesome, thank you.

For some reason I thought anything >10% abv wasn't considered a 'beer' anymore and was regulated differently. But it must vary by state I guess.

Good luck, and keep us updated!!

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Old 04-24-2012, 10:17 PM   #144
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Happy are those who dream dreams and are willing to pay the price to make those dreams come true. You stuck it through and made it happen. My hat is off to you. Congradulations!!!

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