Illinois legislation Update

By |2024-04-12T16:46:41+00:00April 12th, 2024|Legislation|


Previously, I gave a synopsis of important liquor bills in Illinois. Today, I provide an update. There is also a new bill on hemp regulation.

SB 3926-Would ban the sale of hemp products to anyone under 21 and require testing of hemp products. Concerns are arising because when infused with Delta 8, hemp products can become […]

Happy Hour comes to Indiana, & liquor wholesalers lose the fight to beer wholesalers

By |2024-03-20T20:26:26+00:00March 20th, 2024|Legislation|


Happy Hour comes to Indiana

The Governor signed into law legislation that brings back Happy Hour to Indiana after nearly a 40-year hiatus. The new law takes effect on July 1, 2024. Happy hour is limited to four hours in one day, and fifteen hours in one week. The four hours in […]

Wisconsin’s fix, does not cure the problem

By |2024-02-27T03:11:17+00:00February 27th, 2024|Legislation|


Wisconsin’s amended liquor legislation made some positive changes but major problems still exist. Recently Wisconsin amended SB 268 so that revocation of a common carrier’s permit after two mistakes is no longer the standard. The new legislation changes the mandatory “shall” standard to the “may” discretionary standard.

However, even with this positive amendment, this law […]

Wisconsin’s Anti-American Wine Attacks are Troubling

By |2024-02-21T04:31:07+00:00February 21st, 2024|Legislation|


Recently Wisconsin passed legislation signed into law that represents the greatest attack on the American wine industry in recent times and will cause great harm to American Wines.

The American wine industry is dominated by great wine states such as California, Washington, and Oregon. However, every other state has their niche wine countries and states such […]

Indiana legislation: Happy Hour could come and distributor fight brewing

By |2024-02-15T23:54:22+00:00February 15th, 2024|Legislation|



The Indiana legislature is making some bold proposals this session. Happy Hour could come back to the Hoosier State if proposed legislation is successful, and hotels would be able to serve complimentary drinks to their guest in areas where alcohol is not sold.

A cocktails-to-go provision was introduced and in the […]

Illinois proposed legislation: liquor delivery, happy hour rules, and distillers

By |2024-02-08T20:28:47+00:00February 8th, 2024|Legislation|



The legislative season is heating up in Illinois and proposed legislation could drastically impact the liquor regulatory scheme.

Below I provide a summary of the most crucial bills, but before I dive in, I wanted to provide highlights.

A proposed bill would create a third-party retail delivery license and effectively create a 4th […]

Wisconsin, where did it all go wrong?

By |2023-12-31T21:08:14+00:00December 31st, 2023|Legislation|


In 1973 Irishman and Manchester United great George Best experienced a great fall from grace. At one point he was the best in the world, years later his career was on a downturn. As a waiter was delivering champagne to Mr. Best in his hotel bedroom, he couldn’t help but to say to Mr. Best, […]

Wisconsin is determined to impose a back door ban on wine shipping

By |2023-12-18T00:38:59+00:00December 18th, 2023|Legislation|


The Supreme Court back in 2005 settled the winery shipping issue in Granholm, when it held that a law permitting in-state wineries to ship to in-state consumers but not affording this same privilege to out-of-state wineries violated the Commerce Clause’s Non-Discrimination Principle.

Although the issue seems settled, wine wholesalers never gave up the fight to restrict […]

Wisconsin law overhauls liquor industry

By |2023-12-11T21:27:42+00:00December 11th, 2023|Legislation|


The new Wisconsin law signed by the governor results in a major overhaul of its liquor system. The new law creates a new division inside the Wisconsin Department of Revenue dedicated to the liquor industry. The law creates a new statute that defines the power and duties of the division, as it relates to […]

California legislation creates a niche instead of a solution

By |2022-08-14T14:11:17+00:00August 14th, 2022|Legislation|

California legislation creates a niche instead of a solution

California legislation, AB-495, proposes to loosen the strict rules, which forbid a distilled spirits manufacturer from distributing its own products. Under California law a Distilled Spirits Manufacturer and a Craft Distiller cannot self-distribute their own product, and unlike the wine and beer […]

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