Brewer’s Brief: ABC’s Plan to Improve Services & Increase Staffing Includes New Licensing Fees Beginning Next Year

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has been operating under an annual budget deficit of more than 10 million dollars. Governor Gavin Newsom’s first budget proposal outlines his vision for a stronger, modernized and fully- funded ABC. The principle elements of the plan include improving department services, increasing department staffing, and increasing licensee fees to tackle the budget deficit and the costs associated with the improvements.

To learn more about the Governor’s multiyear modernization plan for the ABC and how it might affect your brewery, check out our summary of the proposed changes, including the proposed fees for both new licensees and license renewals.