Erik Schaeffer (Manager, Regulatory Affairs) contributed to this blog. Today marks 90 years since the 21st Amendment was ratified, repealing the 18th Amendment and paving the way for the modern three-tier system and alcohol regulatory framework. The end of Prohibition allowed states to begin adopting their own laws

What were the most common themes for alcohol bills that passed in the 2023 legislative session? Drinks-to-Go Five state legislatures made drinks-to-go privileges permanent this year. Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, and Washington all codified the temporary to-go privileges that originated from the 2020 pandemic. The five states have

From the Desk of Richard Blau – Alcohol Beverage Section Chair, Gray Robinson, P.A. The Tennessee Attorney General last month filed a federal lawsuit to immediately stop the flow of illegal liquor shipments facilitated by six unlicensed out-of-state defendants. The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court

Producing beer or wine at home is a popular hobby for many, with some legally giving away their home brews to friends and family of legal drinking age. When it comes to distilling spirits at home, the laws are much stricter. Despite the federal laws in place, you

  “Working Together – We’re More Than OK!”  That was the theme of last week’s National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA) annual conference in Oklahoma City. Regulators, counsel for alcohol beverage control boards from across the nation, and other industry representatives gathered to discuss and share ideas

  The drinking age has long been a curious issue. Many feel that you should be able to legally purchase alcohol at 18 since you are able to vote, get married, enlist in the army, be drafted, and purchase tobacco products at that age. While the legal drinking

If you didn’t read our first MI Administrative Order blog, this one will discuss how both alcohol distributors and the retailers they deliver too benefit from this new state order. The buzz around Michigan has been all about a new order implemented by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission.

Bills, bills, everywhere bills. It’s only February, and I am already tracking 296 alcohol bills across 45 states. That’s a lot of pending legislative updates! The states with the most activity so far are New York (41 bills of interest), Montana (23), Maryland (22), Tennessee (13), Oklahoma (12),

From the Desk of Richard Blau – Alcohol Beverage Section Chair, Gray Robinson, P.A. Sazerac Company, Inc., one of America’s foremost alcohol beverage suppliers and the makers of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, is being sued in federal court for fraud and misrepresentation.  The lawsuit alleges consumer confusion over another