DOJ Responds to Amicus Briefs in ABI-SABMiller Merger Review

  Although the DOJ filed its Complaint and proposed Consent Order in July 2016, the review of the ABI-SABMiller merger still has not completed its required Tunney Act review.  Yesterday, the Justice Department responded to the amicus briefs filed by the National Beer Wholesalers Association, Brewers Association, Yuengling, Teamsters, and Consumer Action and Consumer Watchdog and urged the court to…Read More

Second Circuit Holds Oral Argument on Antitrust Challenge to Connecticut Liquor Laws

On February 1, 2018, the 2nd Circuit held oral argument on the appeal by Connecticut Fine Wine and Spirits (Total Wine).   The argument was scheduled for 24 minutes but was extended due to the court’s questioning and interest in the case.  Total Wine has argued that the laws on price posting, price hold, price discrimination, and minimum…Read More

Center for Alcohol Policy’s Law and Policy Conference set for September 10 and 11, 2015 in Chicago.

The Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) Eighth Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference will be held September 9-11, 2015, at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois. The conference starts with an informal evening reception on the 9th.  The conference will take place all day the 10th and conclude at noon on the 11th….Read More

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

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…Read More