'Make It Your Own'

Ted Kilgore, the "Make It Your Own" Everclear ambassador, guides members of the Ohio chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild through a workshop on creating infusions with Everclear at Denmark in Columbus.

Higher Craft Distillery Production Becomes Law

Published: 07/19/2016

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s craft distillers will be able to increase their production without giving up on-site sales under a new law taking effect in September.

Gov. John Kasich last month signed House Bill 351, which increases the amount of liquor an A-3A permit holder may produce to less than 100,000 gallons annually from the current cap of less than 10,000 gallons. Kasich also signed HB 342, which creates the Ohio Farm Winery permit.

Shumaker Advisors, Craig Group Join Forces

Published: 07/19/2016

COLUMBUS — Two government relations firms with backgrounds in beverage alcohol announced last month they are joining forces.

Shumaker Advisors LLC is joining with The Craig Group Inc. Shumaker Advisors is a government relations consulting firm that was formed in 2013 by the law firm Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP to provide clients in a broad range of regulated industries a bridge to government, government agencies and legislators.

The move will allow Shumaker Advisors to “diversify and deepen” its portfolio of government relations services, according to the company.

ORA To Host Overtime 'Town Hall'

Published: 07/19/2016

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Restaurant Association, along with the law firm of Dickinson Wright, is hosting a “town hall” Aug. 4 in Cincinnati designed to help business owners navigate a new federal overtime rule.

Labor attorney Sara H. Jodka from Dickinson Wright will lead the meeting with a presentation explaining the overtime rule changes, what businesses need to do to comply by the deadline, and will answer attendees’ questions during a Q&A.

Other speakers will include ORA Director of Government Affairs Joe Rosato and ORA CEO and President John Barker.

SWS, Glazer's Complete Merger

Published: 07/19/2016

MIAMI (PRNewswire) — Southern Wine & Spirits of America Inc. and Glazer’s Inc. last month announced the completion of a merger creating the largest North American wine and spirits distribution company.

With operations in 44 states plus the District of Columbia, the Caribbean and Canada, the new company, Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits LLC, distributes more than 150 million cases of wine and spirits annually and employs more than 20,000.