Trump or Biden: Who has the better alcohol policies?

By |2024-07-04T16:49:52+00:00July 4th, 2024|Liquor Industry Insights|


With a bitterly divided electorate and a contentious presidential election coming, I am going to try to take a sober look at alcohol policy from the two administrations, and compare and contrast and determine who has the better policy.

Interestingly enough, neither of these men drink, Trump holds liquor licenses through his business, I have no […]

WSWA labels themselves the vanguard for free markets

By |2024-06-27T20:18:22+00:00June 27th, 2024|Liquor Industry Insights|


Towards the end of spring WSWA took time to trash those that want to dismantle the three-tier system, as people opposed to safety and competition in the alcohol space.

Much of their piece was based on the benefits the three-tier system provides and that dismantling the three-tier system would take us back to a time […]

Lina Khan, make her the Queen of Liquor

By |2024-06-16T01:59:33+00:00June 16th, 2024|Liquor Industry Insights|


As Lina Khan is in the mood for excessive regulatory creep, I have a solution. We should embolden her with titles that are befit for royalty. Being Chair of the FTC does not seem like enough for her, and she has shown an empirical thirst for other titles, I say we acquiesce and make her […]

The Barbarians are at the gate

By |2024-05-22T20:08:44+00:00May 22nd, 2024|Liquor Industry Insights|


With the attacks on the alcohol industry coming more frequently and louder from the Neo-Prohibitionist movement, many of us in the alcohol industry are left to wonder, are we in peril of becoming the new tobacco?

The tobacco industry paid billions of dollars in damages based on their product’s damaging health impacts, and it was required […]

Total v. Oklahoma, How Does It Play Out?

By |2024-05-17T19:04:07+00:00May 17th, 2024|Liquor Industry Insights|


Total Wines and More was denied a liquor license by the Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Law Enforcement Commission (ABLE).

The denial was justified by Article 28A §4(A) of the Oklahoma Constitution which states:

“A. A Retail Spirits License shall only be issued to a sole proprietor who has been a resident of this state for at least five […]

Mother Ireland will save us but doesn’t go far enough

By |2024-05-08T22:29:36+00:00May 8th, 2024|Liquor Industry Insights|


There is an Irish rebel song called God Save Ireland, which was once an unofficial national anthem of Ireland and is written to those that made great sacrifices for Ireland.  In this modern day there are new self-appointed saviors in Ireland called government officials and Ministers of Health. They have taken to government bureaucracies to […]

Neo-Prohibitionist advertise the harms but miss the intangible benefits

By |2024-04-24T20:29:23+00:00April 24th, 2024|Liquor Industry Insights|


We have recently heard a lot of talk from Neo-Prohibitionist about the dangers of alcohol and from the WHO that health risk starts from the first drop.

Governments in other countries such as Canada have recommended stringent drinking limits and indicated that health is put at risk with more than two drinks a week. In Ireland […]

Chicago’s Downtown Craft Brewery opens

By |2024-04-24T18:20:14+00:00April 24th, 2024|Liquor Industry Insights|

I had the pleasure on April 13th to attend the opening of Downtown Chicago’s Craft Brewery, Industry Ales, which represents the only real craft brewery in downtown Chicago.

I have worked to get them licensed and helped create their brand of “Chicago’s Downtown Beer”.

It has been a great pleasure and honor to be part of this […]

Health risks should be discussed with evidence from all sides

By |2024-04-09T22:18:54+00:00April 9th, 2024|Liquor Industry Insights|


In a recent piece by New York health advocates, they went after any proposed consumer friendly changes to the New York liquor system. They stated that “any efforts to expand alcohol access in the name of consumer convenience, or private profit, should be suspended indefinitely.”

They attempt to strengthen their position by relying on stats […]

Getting serious about alcohol abuse, DTC shipping and data

By |2024-03-19T00:13:57+00:00March 19th, 2024|Liquor Industry Insights|


The harms from excessive alcohol abuse are a serious problem that society needs to address. There are great concerns which range from underage access to intoxicated drivers.

These great concerns are why alcohol is regulated differently than an average consumer good, such as marshmallows.

Luckily, unlike the days of prohibition, we are a more educated society and […]

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