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What Federal Circuit will influence the future of liquor law?

By |2020-04-13T20:45:24+00:00September 16th, 2019|Liquor Case Discussion, Liquor Industry Insights|


With so many Federal Circuit Courts (Circuit or Circuits) hearing cases on liquor issues, one may wonder which Circuit will become the predominant oracle on liquor issues. Looking for a concise answer to this question becomes murkier when you consider that numerous Circuits will make decisions that are similar if not identical to decisions in […]

Tariffs and currency manipulation are hurting small U.S. wineries

By |2020-04-13T21:10:22+00:00August 28th, 2019|Liquor Industry Insights|

The U.S. small wine makers face an uphill battle making it into the U.S. marketplace and then expanding its reach. Because of their small size, it makes it very difficult to pick up proper distribution and distribution that is cost effective.

However, these small producers found a market where they can expand their reach and greatly […]

Do wine and liquor sales put a target on a state’s back?

By |2020-04-13T20:42:30+00:00August 15th, 2019|Liquor Case Discussion, Liquor Industry Insights|

New Hampshire boast something that its New England neighbors don’t, a non-existent sales tax rate.

Recently New Hampshire decided to flex its tax-free muscles and brag about its advantages over its neighbors. Specifically, State run liquor stores in New Hampshire targeted customers in Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont.

The New Hampshire state run stores posted an ad on […]

Irish Liquor Lawyer contributes to Forbes on the Tennessee Wine Supreme Court case

By |2019-07-05T23:05:43+00:00July 5th, 2019|Breaking News, Irish Liquor Lawyer in The Press, Irish Liquor Lawyer Interviews, Liquor Case Discussion, Liquor Industry Insights|

I am immensely proud to contribute to a great publication like Forbes!

Sean O’Leary, The Irish Liquor Lawyer, Reacts To The Court’s Support Of Wine Retailers

O'Leary is a supporter of the recent Supreme Court ruling. Credit: OVC Photography.

Tennessee Wine Case’s big winner: Data geeks

By |2020-04-13T21:10:22+00:00June 28th, 2019|Liquor Case Discussion, Liquor Industry Insights|

The Tennessee Wine case has come and gone and the shock has now worn off. Now it is time to take account of what the decision means. On its surface it is clearly a resounding win for Total Wine and More and a resounding loss for the Tennessee Wine Retailers Association (Association).

However, we all […]

Pilot Project Brewing: Helping small brewers get into the game and starting a brewing revolution

By |2020-04-13T21:10:21+00:00June 9th, 2019|Irish Liquor Lawyer Interviews, Liquor Industry Insights|



Pilot Project Brewing offers a unique concept in the craft beer space. Many people dream of brewing their own beer and opening their own brewery. Unfortunately, reality may hit and the talented but poor brewer may lack the $2 million in funds to start a successful brewery with a tasting room.

Like many great […]

Can state regulators enforce liquor laws that federal courts have found unconstitutional?

By |2020-04-13T20:45:04+00:00May 28th, 2019|Liquor Case Discussion, Liquor Industry Insights|

Dedicated In Memorium to Lieutenant Michael Murphy,
a Great American Hero


A US District Court held that Michigan’s law banning out-of-state retailers from shipping wine into the state was unconstitutional. It held that the nondiscrimination principle which applied to suppliers in Granholm extended to retailers. Michigan sits in the 6th Federal Judicial Circuit, […]

For Constellation which way is up?

By |2019-04-24T23:47:48+00:00April 24th, 2019|Liquor Industry Insights|


I previously wrote a post on how Miller has no home run hitter in its craft beer space. I contrasted Miller with Budweiser that has Goose Island, Heineken that has Lagunitas, and Constellation that has Ballast Point.

Like baseball free agency, sometimes a big spend turns into a flop. In 2015 Constellation paid $1 […]

Are Crafts looking to kill the pubs in Illinois?

By |2020-04-13T20:45:04+00:00April 8th, 2019|Legislation, Liquor Industry Insights|


There is a theory out there, that is actually backed up by statistics, that the presence of craft brewers is hurting bars and taverns. An article on this subject cites Bureau of Labor statistics that the number of “on-premise drinking establishments have decreased by 6.3% since 2010.[1]

Bar/tavern owners are starting to take notice […]

Missouri wine shipping case has no flair for the dramatic

By |2020-04-13T21:11:04+00:00April 1st, 2019|Liquor Case Discussion, Liquor Industry Insights|


In an unsurprising decision the Eastern District of Missouri ruled that a challenge to Missouri’s ban on out-of-state wine retailers shipping to customers within the state, failed to state a claim on which relief could be granted and dismissed the challenge. Sarasota Wine Market v. Parson, Case No. 4:17CV2792 HEA (Eastern District of Missouri, March […]