Chicago’s Mandate to Bar and Restaurant Owners: Play Sheriff Now

By |2022-01-17T02:44:17+00:00January 17th, 2022|Liquor Industry Insights|

Chicago’s Mandate to Bar and Restaurant Owners: Play Sheriff Now

Welcome to Chicago where crime is rampant and businesses and restaurants have been looted and burglarized in the most alarming of ways. Unable to effectively police crime to ensure safety for the hospitality industry, (several restaurant and bar owners have told me off record […]

Response to Teamster Member Against California DTC Distillery Shipping: He’s hurting the little man

By |2022-01-12T03:00:03+00:00January 12th, 2022|Liquor Industry Insights|

Today, I write in response to a letter from Trevor Cooke, a Teamster that works for Republic National Distributing Company (a major liquor distributor), who wrote against California’s attempts to legalize DTC shipping for spirits.

I am sure Mr. Cooke was well intentioned, but I respectfully disagree with his reasoning.

He indicates that the attempts to expand […]

Jesus and the three-tier system

By |2021-12-25T19:49:39+00:00December 25th, 2021|Liquor Industry Insights|

Jesus and the three-tier system

Good Christmas tidings to all. On this festive day as a Catholic, I wanted to write about the reason we celebrate, Jesus Christ.

Around 2,000 years ago, Jesus performed a miracle and turned water into wine and served it to the guest during the Marriage at Cana. We […]

Liquor Shipping and Illinois’ Class 4 folly

By |2021-12-20T14:50:57+00:00December 20th, 2021|Liquor Industry Insights|

Liquor Shipping and Illinois’ Class 4 folly

Chicago, the greatest of American big cities, makes the news these days based on rampant crime. Unfortunately, smash and grab crimes plague the beautiful Magnificent Mile and high-end luxury stores like Louis Vuitton.

Cook County States Attorney, Kim Foxx will not prosecute a felony retail theft […]

The Underage Predicament and liquor shipping, is this the real issue?

By |2021-11-25T19:49:12+00:00November 25th, 2021|Liquor Industry Insights|

The Underage Predicament and liquor shipping, is this the real issue?

First, Happy Thanksgiving to every one out there. I hope you and your family enjoy your Thanksgiving. I am extremely grateful to live in the best country on this planet. I will eat well, reflect on this great country and its […]

Fred Biletnikoff shows the limits to Spirits’ growth

By |2021-11-05T04:41:48+00:00November 5th, 2021|Liquor Industry Insights|

Fred Biletnikoff shows the limits to Spirits’ growth

I remember Fred Biletnikoff as the tough looking Raiders receiver, that you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley. For any football fan, Fred’s toughness left an indelible mark on you.

Today, Fred is retired, still looking tough, but instead of making his living […]

Does the three-tier system hinder diversity?

By |2021-10-28T15:06:28+00:00October 28th, 2021|Liquor Industry Insights|

 

Does the three-tier system hinder diversity?

Last month I had the pleasure of listening to the Honorable Douglas Ginsburg speak. Judge Ginsburg, sits on the D.C. Court of Appeals and was nominated by President Reagan to the U.S. Supreme Court. Unfortunately, youthful indiscretion did him in as he admitted to smoking pot […]

Michigan do you hear your consumers calling: What Peter Criss can teach the State of Michigan!

By |2021-10-15T03:10:24+00:00October 15th, 2021|Liquor Industry Insights|

 

Michigan do you hear your consumers calling: What Peter Criss can teach the State of Michigan!

Peter Criss of Kiss wrote a song called Beth, which acknowledged that he heard his wife’s despair and was dismayed by it. The State of Michigan by contrast is hearing the despair from its consumers and […]

Right Cuomo’s wrong and clean up his mess

By |2021-09-13T21:05:38+00:00September 13th, 2021|Liquor Industry Insights|

 

Right Cuomo’s wrong and clean up his mess

Andrew Cuomo left a mess for new Governor Kathy Hochul. In many areas the cleanup will become very difficult. However, there is one area where a quick fix is readily available, that area is helping the struggling hospitality industry.

In Cuomo’s last days, he let […]

The fulfillment house folly, what exactly are we accomplishing?

By |2021-09-10T13:41:29+00:00September 10th, 2021|Liquor Industry Insights|

The fulfillment house folly, what exactly are we accomplishing?

Recently, several states including Alabama, Kansas, and Tennessee passed bills requiring that fulfillment houses shipping wine become licensed. Under these laws, a winery can only ship wine via its own premises or a licensed fulfillment house.

If a winery ships from an unlicensed fulfillment house, it […]

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