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Dedicated members of the Illinois restaurant industry have started a petition to allow mixed beverage off-premise sales as a way to support the industry during this difficult time.
Under Illinois law a retailer can fill a growler, a sealed container with beer, to go for off-premise sales. The law specifically does not allow the sale of […]
Following the lead of states like California, Massachusetts, and Nebraska, states should extend liquor credit laws for restaurants.
In many states, wholesalers and manufacturers can only extend credit to retailers for 30 days. After that period it becomes illegal to extend credit. In normal circumstances the law operates at its most optimal state.
But these are not […]
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has devastated the wine industry and forced many to close their tasting rooms. One winery indicated that closing their tasting room has lead to losing 80% of their revenue.
Wine shipping is the only source of revenue left for some of these wineries. And this revenue source may allow them get through a […]
Based on the Corona Virus situation, Naperville which has the 2nd largest restaurant market behind Chicago, issued an Executive Order allowing liquor delivery for on-premise license holders. This allows restaurants to provide packaged liquor sales for carry-out, delivery and curbside pickup.
Illinois Liqour Control Commission issues order authorizing off premise sales with consent of locals
The Illinois Liquor Control Commission ordered guidance which based on the COVID-19 situation, would allow an on-premise retailer to sell liquor for off premise consumption if it receives approval from the local liquor commission.
Traditionally, a retailer with an on-premise license can not sell liquor for off premise consumption.
This bulletin allows the local liquor commission to […]
Chief Judge Diane Mueller ruled in favor of California in a challenge to its laws which requires that alcoholic beverages imported into the state be consigned and delivered to a licensed importer at the importer’s licensed premises or at a public warehouse. A Florida importer, who wanted to deliver products to California retailers directly without […]
Oklahoma Supreme Court finds Oklahoma’s distribution system illegal: Are the ramifications big or are they isolated?
In a narrow 5-4 ruling the Oklahoma Supreme Court found as unconstitutional a law requiring the top 25 brands of wine and spirits be sold to every Oklahoma distributor.
The overturned law essentially deemed null and void a 2016 constitutional amendment approved by voters which allowed manufacturers to choose a single wholesaler. (This amendment also allowed […]
Oral Argument set in 6th Circuit Wine Shipping Case: 1st major wine shipping case after Tennessee Wine
The 6th Circuit set oral argument for Lebamoff v. Snyder, this case pertains to Michigan’s ban on out-of-state retailer shipping. The ban was deemed unconstitutional at the lower court and the state appealed.
This will be the 1st wine shipping case at a federal circuit court since the Tennessee Wine decision.
The argument is set for Thursday March 12 at […]