KY ABC Issues Letter Indicating Conditional Approval for ABInBev to Own Owensboro Distributor

The KY ABC issued a letterto ABI conditionally approving their license to become the owner of the Owensboro ABInBev distributor.  The Malt Beverage Administrator noted that this application is “the most controversial in Department history.”  As a result she listed many concerns and questions in her four page letter.   She noted that much information is missing…Read More

Guest Column- Marijuana Debate Rekindles Discussion on How Alcohol Is Regulated

There has been much discussion surrounding marijuana regulation and a stated goal of a need “to regulate marijuana like alcohol.” The pros and cons of marijuana legalization are far beyond the scope of this column, but a deeper dive into the goals and purposes of alcohol regulation is something that is often missing from the…Read More

Lawsuit Filed in Florida Over Growlers

A federal lawsuit was filed over the much publicized 64 ounce growler issue. The lawsuit was filed by a retailer, not a small brewer. They are represented by the Pacific Legal Foundation. The lawsuit can found on their website. The lawsuit claims a violation of the equal protection and due process provisions of the 14th…Read More

New Report Highlights Safeguards in United States to Prevent Counterfeit, Black Market, Substitute, and Non-taxed Alcohol from Harming the Public

Robert Tobiassen has authored a great report examining the lack of a counterfeit marketplace in the United States, especially when compared to other nations across the globe. Mr. Tobiassen served with the federal government’s Alcohol Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) for 32 years most recently as Chief Counsel until his retirement in 2013.   He performed his…Read More

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…Read More