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Cocktails-to-go ordinance passes

By |2020-06-10T15:37:34+00:00June 8th, 2020|Breaking News, Liquor Industry Insights|

Cocktails-to-go ordinance passes unanimously out of Chicago City Council Committee

Chicago’s City Council Committee on License and Consumer Protection unanimously passed out of committee a Cocktails to Go Ordinance. 

The ordinance is poised to be voted on June 17th, and I don’t see any problem with it passing. An over 2/3rds vote means the […]

Support SB3830 Illinois Wine Retailer shipping Bill: It brings in needed revenue and impacts safety during COVID-19 Crisis

By |2020-05-19T21:23:40+00:00May 19th, 2020|Legislation, Liquor Industry Insights|


Senate Bill 3830 which would bring out-of-state wine retailer shipping to Illinois, should be passed in light of the COVID-19 crisis. This bill is necessary to help Illinois’ budget, ensures Illinois residents are safe, and meets consumer demand and preferences.

The COVID-19 crisis has blown a hole in Illinois’ budget and allowing out-of-state wine retailer shipping […]

Irish Liquor Lawyer in VinePair

By |2020-05-19T18:38:09+00:00May 19th, 2020|Breaking News, Irish Liquor Lawyer in The Press, Liquor Industry Insights|


I am thrilled to contribute to VinePair’s article about cocktails-to-go. Tim McKirdy wrote a great article on this issue.

Included in this article is one of my great partners in getting cocktails-to-go for the struggling Illinois hospitality industry, Julia Momose of Kumiko. It is a pleasure to team with her on such an important issue!

I […]

Cocktails-For-Hope wants to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the People of Illinois

By |2020-05-16T22:54:11+00:00May 16th, 2020|Legislation, Liquor Industry Insights|


Cocktails-For-Hope wants to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the People of Illinois

The mission of the Illinois Liquor Control Commission is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the People of the State of Illinois. Cocktails-For-Hope, which wants to expand alcoholic liquor delivery and takeout privileges to allow bars and restaurants to […]

Irish Liquor Lawyer mentioned in Cocktails For Hope Chicago Tribune Article

By |2020-05-06T03:52:56+00:00May 6th, 2020|Breaking News, Irish Liquor Lawyer in The Press, Liquor Industry Insights|


Fantastic being mentioned in the Chicago Tribune’s article on cocktails-to-go. I have been honored to work with such a wonderful and dedicated team, especially Julia Momose and Ian Beacraft. Cocktails to-go gaining tractions in Illinois -Chicago Tribune, May 05, 2020.

Helping the hospitality industry during this difficult time and allowing them to gain a revenue […]

The economics of it all and why cocktails-to-go is necessary

By |2020-05-03T16:42:16+00:00May 3rd, 2020|Liquor Industry Insights|

The COVID-19 crisis is a game changer and has thrown even smooth operating businesses up for grabs! Restaurants that were once packed are empty, and delivery and carry out services are their only option. However, the revenue from carry out and delivery will never match the dine-in revenue. Restaurants and bars are in dire need […]

The Wall Street Journal Misses the Big Issue on the Pennsylvania Fiasco

By |2020-04-27T03:01:02+00:00April 27th, 2020|Liquor Industry Insights|


Earlier this month The Wall Street Journal published an article, “Prohibition Makes a Comeback”, WSJ Editorial Apr. 06, 2020 and took Pennsylvania to task for closing its state-owned liquor stores, which of course led to a supply problem.  (In Pennsylvania, the state is the only seller of spirits.)  The state tried to rectify the […]

ILCC is enforcing cocktails-to-go, some retailers are confused, but compliance is necessary

By |2020-04-26T01:48:30+00:00April 26th, 2020|Liquor Industry Insights|


It must be stated that the ILCC does not allow cocktails-to-go and it’s enforcing the policy. However, there is confusion out there among retailers. And two retailers I know specifically got sanctioned.

Problematically, businesses may be inadvertently breaking a law, because there are potentially inconsistent and confusing messages on how to comply.

For example:

A bulletin written on March […]

COVID-19: Supporting Direct to Consumer Wine Shipping May Be a Matter of Life and Death

By |2020-04-13T20:42:02+00:00March 23rd, 2020|Liquor Industry Insights|

COVID-19 forces us inside

During this time of great crisis our life has changed drastically. With shelter-in-place orders governing states such as California, Illinois, and New York, places of great importance in our society such as libraries, museums, houses of worship, and cultural institutions are closed for the public good.

To stop the spread […]

Support wineries in time of crisis by ordering via direct shipping

By |2020-04-13T21:10:22+00:00March 20th, 2020|Breaking News, Liquor Industry Insights|

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has devastated the wine industry and forced many to close their tasting rooms. One winery indicated that closing their tasting room has lead to losing 80% of their revenue.

Wine shipping is the only source of revenue left for some of these wineries. And this revenue source may allow them get through a […]

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