7th Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference for Center for Alcohol Policy is September 3-5, 2014 in Chicago

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, who is also Chairman of the National Association of the Attorneys General, will deliver the keynote address at the 7th Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference.   This event will be held at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile. The list of speakers and the agenda  are now available.   Topics include sessions […]

Cold Beer Fight Goes to 7th Circuit

The losing plaintiffs in the Indiana “cold beer” fight have filed an appeal seeking 7th Circuit review.  Recall the district court upheld the way Indiana sells cold beer where liquor stores with restrictions on access and employees can sell cold beer but other retailers such as convenience and grocery stores cannot.  I am on the […]

Kentucky Retail Challenge To Liquor Sales Dismissed With Prejudice – Over for Now

The long and winding trip of the Maxwell’s Pic Pac v. Dehner lawsuit seeking to expand liquor sales outlets is finally settled- at least for now.  The 90 days for plaintiffs to seek United States Supreme Court review has passed without an appeal. Judge Heyburn signed the order dismissing the matter with prejudice. The plaintiffs tried to  seek […]

KPMG Updates Beer Tax Administration Study and Concludes Alcohol Regulatory System Helps American Beer Taxes Get Collected

An updated report on beer tax administration was conducted by  KPMG Tax Managing Director, State and Local Tax Harley Duncan, formerly head of the Federation of Tax Administrators.  In this study KPMG noted a number of excise, sales and other tax rate changes enacted in various states in the past five years, but more importantly […]

UPDATED – Guest Column- A Different View of Some Alcohol Industry Statistics

Update: Recently the Brewers Association updated its private count of breweries.   According to BA records, it noted that there are 2,822 breweries of which they count 2,768 as “craft” breweries.    However, 45% of these craft breweries are actually brewpubs and are more like restaurants in many ways.  Likewise only 119 breweries (4%) are larger than 15,000 […]