Newest Edition of the Fact Book Helps Beverage Alcohol Marketers Navigate the Latest Rules and Regulations

Oct 21, 2009, 10:10 ET from The Beverage Information Group

NORWALK, Conn., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Are wine tastings permitted in Massachusetts? Is happy hour prohibited in Nebraska? Are billboards advertising beer allowed in Hawaii? The answer to these questions and more can be found in the newly released edition of the Beverage Information Group's Fact Book. For more than 15 years, the Fact Book has guided users through the beverage alcohol rules and regulations maze. And now, beverage alcohol marketers and retailers can also subscribe to the online version to access changes in state rules and regulations instantly.

Key regulations and topics covered in the Fact Book 2009 include distilled spirits, beer and wine consumption by state; merchandising and advertising guidelines; on-premise and off-premise licensees by category; product-tasting guidelines by state; blood alcohol laws; state excise tax rates, wholesaler and retailer license fees; and what is allowed to be sold where. The Web subscription, which tracks changes in all states' rules, regulations and laws as they happen, allows users to search rules and regulations by state plus highly detailed retail sales regulations and interstate shipment information for all states.

"The laws concerning marketing and merchandising beverage alcohol are growing increasingly complex, which is frustrating to those trying to comply," says Eric Schmidt, manager of information services for the Norwalk, Conn.-based Beverage Information Group. "The Fact Book helps users sort through the bureaucratic jungle of regulations in a user-friendly format."

The cost of the Fact Book 2009 is $495 for handbook only; annual Web subscription is $875. Shipping and handling is $10 for U.S. and Canadian orders, $20 for international orders. The Fact Book 2008 and Web subscription can both be purchased at or by calling Cynthia Porter at (630) 762-8709.

    The Beverage Information Group
    Eric Schmidt, manager of information services

    Cynthia Porter, Handbook sales
    (630) 762-8709

SOURCE The Beverage Information Group