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Alcohol Beverage Attorney New York

What you need to know about the alcohol beverage industry

The Alcohol Beverage Industry is one of the most highly regulated and complicated industries in the state of New York. 

Many individuals and companies are involved in the industry, and they are not aware of the implications of various laws on their actions or businesses. 

Whether you are a manufacturer, supplier, store owner, or even a consumer, chances are you will need the services of an experienced alcohol beverage attorney to navigate the legal complexities of the alcohol industry.

What Makes an Experienced Alcohol Beverage Attorney?

The characteristics of an alcohol beverage lawyer

Being an experienced alcohol beverage attorney requires more than many years in law practice and a basic understanding of applicable rules and regulations.

It involves extensive knowledge, research, and also a relationship with key industry players, government organizations, administrators, and personnel that enforce these alcohol beverage laws.

Working closely with governmental agencies such as the ones listed below has proven to be of importance in representing clients effectively.

These agencies are:

  • Alcohol Beverage Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)

  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA), New York State Liquor Authority (SLA)

  • New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) 

  • New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) 

  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

  • Bureau of Customs & Border Protection; and 

  • Department of Agriculture

This experience covers the ability to represent a client effectively and provide legislative advocacy at local, state, and federal levels. It also involves proffering solutions, identifying legal and regulatory issues even before they arise, having the right contacts, and extensive knowledge about key regulations to adequately assist clients.

Broad Industry Experience

Practice areas of an experienced beverage attorney in NY

The alcohol beverage industry is diversified, especially with regard to regulation and legal representation. Consequently, manufacturers, distributors, importers, bar owners, hoteliers, microbrewers, wineries consumers, and store owners would need legal representation in various areas of the industry.


Broad industry experience would include one that can provide legal services for a wide range of matters in the alcohol beverage industry such as: 

  • Liquor Licensing 

  • Manufacturing 

  • Supplying and Sales of Licenses Beverages 

  • Retail Liquor and Beer/Wine License Applications 

  • State Local Authority Appearance 

  • Community Board Appearance 

  • Warehouse Permit Applications 

  • Sidewalk Cafe Permit Applications 

  • Taxation 

  • Renewal Applications 

  • 500-foot Rule Hearings 

  • Dispute Resolution 

  • Compliances 

  • Marketing and Advertising of alcohol beverages

Years spent representing various clients instill the awareness that businesses rely on the service of an alcohol beverage attorney to operate. Substantial losses would culminate daily without a valid liquor license, and thus the attorneys have to work expeditiously to ensure that all applications are processed in little or no time.

Kawasaki Law has broad industry experience primarily because it understands the alcohol beverage industry, its intricacies, and challenges. This understanding helps the firm easily recognize and rectify problems before they arise.

Comprehensive Guidelines to Consumers in the Alcohol Industry

The age limits and acceptable ID’s by New York State Liquor Authority

Consumers are not neglected in the extensive regulations of the Alcohol Beverage Industry. 

Many consumers have encountered legal problems concerning alcohol due to ignorance of regulations in the industry. 

There are different kinds of limitations on a consumer’s drinking freedom, which would also need the available services of an alcohol beverage attorney in Kawasaki Law.

Here are some guidelines for consumption of alcohol:

  1. The legal drinking age in the state of New York is 21, while the legal age to sell or serve alcohol to consumers is 18.

  2. DUI limit in New York is .08 BAC for consumers that are 21 years of age or older, and .02 is the DUI/DWI limit for drivers who are less than 21 years old.

  3. A New York state liquor licensee cannot seize your Identity card if it is recognized as being fake. They can only notify the relevant authorities and refuse to sell alcohol.

  4. Wine can only be brought into a restaurant that is not licensed for liquor if it has less than 20 seats, and if the permission of the restaurant is obtained. Note that restaurants with more than 20 seats must be licensed to sell or serve liquor.

  5. A valid driver’s license or valid passport issued by the government of a country would serve as proper identification according to the New York State Liquor Authority. The authorities would also accept an ID issued by the armed forces of the U.S, commissioner of motor vehicles, the United States Federal Government, United States Territory, or a state government within the United States.

  6. The identification means listed above are the primary means of identification. College ID cards, Employee ID cards, and other forms of identification not listed above can only be accepted as a secondary means of identification.

  7. The state of New York has no law against public intoxication. However, when such public intoxication begins to bother members of the public or causes any form of destruction to property, then it becomes illegal.


As discussed above, the alcohol beverage industry has a lot of implications for stakeholders, including consumers. Know your rights and liabilities under the law in a free consultation with an experienced alcohol beverage attorney in the Kawasaki Law Office, NY.

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