People are Changing Their Story on the Quoted Levels of Reduction in the AB/InBev Watered Beer Allegations and NPR Debunks the Claim

The less-than-buzz-worthy suit against Anheuser-Busch InBev that I discussed in this post yesterday is becoming even less of a news story about Anheuser-Busch and more a new story about some pretty slippery wording in a legal complaint. I criticized the media for reporting on a complaint where the language alleging a variance from the 5% […]

All Hat, No Cattle: Suit Over Anheuser-Busch’s 5% ABV Statements Doesn’t Allege a Violation of Federally Mandated Tolerance Levels

The recent class action lawsuit filed against Anheuser-Busch Companies requesting damages is getting more attention than it deserves.  The case appears to have sparked some interest given the recent Maker’s Mark fiasco about diluting alcohol content. But the AB suit is different.  It is about the advertised alcohol content, at least that’s what everyone is […]

The History of the (Currently) Unconstitutional Kentucky Statute Prohibiting Grocery Stores and Convenience Stores From Selling Liquor and Wine

Kentucky’s solid status at both the top and the base of America’s bourbon pyramid makes the state a fitting setting for constitutional challenges to laws regulating the sale of liquor and wine at grocery and convenience stores. At the end of last year, a federal district court judge found in favor of a group of […]

Southern Wine and Spirits Challenge to Missouri’s Residency Requirements 8th Circuit Briefing Complete And Five Amicus Briefs Filed

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Pabst Seeks Court Determination Wresting Back Control of Rheingold Brand

There’s big money in an established brand.  That goes double for any established beer brand with a history, low price point, and no small amount of subtle marketing.  The right combinations can result in a scheme to mint liquid gold. There’s an untapped goldmine of long lost lagers.  Brands with breweries that were shut down […]

Is TTB Ruling 2012-4 a Passive Statement About The Merit of “Freshness Dates”?

The entirety of TTB ruling 2012-4 addresses what the TTB describes as the “realities of modern marketing practices” – allowing retailers to return beer to wholesalers based on “freshness concerns” without violating prohibitions against consignment sales between wholesalers and retailers. In allowing the practice in light of these “modern marketing practices” (see the TTB […]