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Illinois hospitality industry takes another hit, can it take another blow?

By |2020-10-22T03:49:49+00:00October 22nd, 2020|Liquor Industry Insights|

Governor Pritzker announced that restaurants and bars in DuPage, Kane, Kankakee, and Will counties will not be allowed to have indoor seating starting at 12:00 am Friday October 23, 2020. Subject to certain restrictions outdoor seating is still allowed.

But let us look at the real issue here. It is no longer July in […]

The three-tier system fails the competition and choice test

By |2020-10-20T17:57:08+00:00October 20th, 2020|Liquor Industry Insights|

 

The three-tier system fails the competition and choice test

Advocates of the three-tier system, mainly those representing the wholesaler tier, claim that wholesalers bring commercial benefits to society by creating healthy competition and by providing a vast assortment of brands to the marketplace.

According to this theory if not for the wholesalers, there would be […]

Politics and alcohol don’t mix

By |2020-10-12T12:23:50+00:00October 12th, 2020|Liquor Industry Insights|

Politics and alcohol don’t mix

In this election season we are all inundated with politics and a lot of it. Many of us try to avoid it and turn away from conversations related to politics. But try as we may, there is no getting around it. Politics are part of the culture […]

Michigan attempts to restrict DTC wine shipping will create major problems!

By |2020-09-28T00:15:00+00:00September 28th, 2020|Legislation, Liquor Industry Insights|

Michigan attempts to restrict DTC wine shipping will create major problems!

Proposed legislation in Michigan that targets out-of-state wine direct shippers would have a devastating impact on the State of Michigan.[1] If passed the proposed legislation would rob Michigan of tax revenue, severely restrict consumer choice, and would leave the […]

Ohio’s 21st Amendment Enforcement Action, is there more than meets the eye?

By |2020-09-23T01:46:49+00:00September 23rd, 2020|Liquor Case Discussion, Liquor Industry Insights|

Ohio’s 21st Amendment Enforcement Action, is there more than meets the eye?

A great Wine Spectator piece covered Ohio’s lawsuit against out-of-state retailers shipping wine to Ohio consumers. Ohio filed a lawsuit under the 21st Amendment Enforcement Act, seeking an injunction to stop these out of-state retailers from shipping to Ohio consumers.

Ohio’s wine […]

Desiring to celebrate Tom Seaver’s Life, state liquor laws preclude a proper celebration

By |2020-09-11T14:19:20+00:00September 11th, 2020|Liquor Industry Insights|

 

Desiring to celebrate Tom Seaver’s Life, state liquor laws preclude a proper celebration

Tom Seaver’s passing leaves a mark of sadness to people like me that grew up watching him. His impressive pitching and the way he carried himself, made us all want to be the next Tom Seaver.

Although his greatest years were with […]

Are states playing Nero while distilleries bleed?

By |2020-08-21T01:27:27+00:00August 21st, 2020|Liquor Industry Insights|

 

Are states playing Nero while distilleries bleed?

Why spirits shipping is not dangerous

As winery shipping is readily available to most consumers across the United States. One must ask why isn’t spirits shipping in this same category?

Some trying to stop spirits shipping make the case about the dangers of the devil’s rum […]

Big City Fights May Emerge in the Wine Shipping Game

By |2020-07-04T14:41:23+00:00July 4th, 2020|Legislation, Liquor Industry Insights|

 

Big City Fights May Emerge in the Wine Shipping Game

After years of budget mismanagement that is only getting worse, Chicago decided to expand its tax base by imposing its liquor tax on Direct To Consumer (DTC) winery shipments into the state. The new tax will treat a direct wine shipper like any retailer […]

Webinar on Illinois’ new cocktails-to-go law: Tomorrow at 1

By |2020-06-18T18:30:46+00:00June 18th, 2020|Legislation, Liquor Industry Insights|

Cocktails-For-Hope is hosting a free webinar tomorrow at 1:00 pm central time on the new Illinois cocktails-to-go law. The panel includes Julia Momose of Kumiko and Cocktails-For-Hope, Ian Beacraft Co-Founder Cocktails-For-Hope, Lindsey Lapointe, Illinois State Representative, who co-sponsored and drafted the bill, and myself, Irish Liquor Lawyer, Sean O’Leary.

Sign up here

 

I ask for one more favor for cocktails-to-go

By |2020-06-12T03:58:25+00:00June 12th, 2020|Legislation, Liquor Industry Insights|

I ask for one more favor for cocktails-to-go

 

When I started working with Cocktails-For-Hope three months ago, I could not imagine the tremendous and positive impact we would have on the Illinois hospitality industry.

We changed the law and made in possible for many bars and restaurants to access the income stream necessary to […]

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