Is blocking DTC shipping really the solution?

By |2024-01-18T18:09:50+00:00January 18th, 2024|Liquor Industry Insights|


There must be a New York shipping bill floating around the horizon, because there are letters coming out against direct-to-consumer (DTC) shipping in full force. Robert’s Kent, who was General Counsel of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy under Joe Biden, wrote a piece about the dangers of DTC manufacturing shipping. What […]

Wine has a target on its back

By |2024-01-16T23:50:55+00:00January 16th, 2024|Liquor Industry Insights|


Wine has a target on its back

Wine is usually associated with a positive image from the Greek god of wine, Dionysus, to Jesus turning water into wine at the Wedding at Cana, wine has been associated with good vibes.

When drank in moderation, it was not considered bad for your health.

But this […]

WSWA’s recent study will harm the industry

By |2024-01-11T22:26:09+00:00January 11th, 2024|Liquor Industry Insights|



WSWA put out another report that will no doubt be used as propaganda to stop and in some cases reverse direct-to-consumer (DTC) shipping for manufacturers and retailers.

WSWA conducted its own poll in partnership with Morning Consult, which shows that 25% of adults they surveyed, who purchased alcohol from an online vendor or manufacturer were […]

Christmas Beer everyone should enjoy

By |2023-12-15T02:54:21+00:00December 15th, 2023|Liquor Industry Insights|


Birra Nursia is the Christmas beer everyone should enjoy. The Benedictine Monks brew this beer at the original Abbey where Saint Benedict started the order.

Unfortunately, the monastery was greatly damaged by an earthquake several years back. The Monks brew beer to raise funds to repair the monastery grounds.

This Christmas support a great cause and drink […]

The three-tier system is hurting American wineries

By |2023-12-08T18:33:26+00:00December 8th, 2023|Liquor Industry Insights|


A paper published by the Craft Wine Association[1] shockingly demonstrates that American wines are being pushed out of the marketplace in favor of imported wines.

The three-tier system which prides itself on offering diverse product offerings is skewing towards imported products at the expense of American wineries.

The report contains many shocking details such as […]

What a Black Night Club Owner and Big Soda taught me about liquor regulation

By |2023-11-09T21:32:51+00:00November 9th, 2023|Liquor Industry Insights|


A Black night club owner in Western Illinois and PepsiCo seem to be the unlikeliest pair to end up in the same regulatory predicament, but as they say truth is stranger than fiction.

I represented this night club owner who obtained their liquor license after a tough two-year battle. Along the way we encountered a lack […]

Should we blame Al Capone when it’s King George III’s fault

By |2023-10-23T01:44:05+00:00October 23rd, 2023|Liquor Industry Insights|


I often times hear that liquor laws are outdated and written in a time when Al Capone and his comrades held sway over the liquor industry. Prohibition ended in 1933 and with it came the writing of new state liquor laws. Influenced by the damage Prohibition inflicted, the new liquor laws were written to create […]

Irish Liquor Lawyer wins tough two-year battle for retail liquor licensee

By |2023-10-13T22:59:32+00:00October 13th, 2023|Liquor Industry Insights|


The Illinois Liquor Control Commission’s decision last month reversing Rock Island, Illinois’ denial of a liquor license represented the beginning of the end of a contentious two-year battle. “The Gathering” was issued a liquor license after the Town of Rock Island decided they would no longer fight.


The local government’s power over a liquor […]

Rene Descartes and the Blue Cloud Dilemma

By |2023-07-31T03:44:20+00:00July 31st, 2023|Liquor Industry Insights|


Roughly around 1637 Rene Descartes espoused the philosophical maxim, “I think; therefore I am.” Mr. Descartes’ first principle of philosophy was a principle of certainty. Pursuant to this principle, he could not doubt that he existed. Not bad that he had found certainty in his first philosophical principle.

Three-hundred and eighty-six years later, the liquor world […]

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