Tag Archives: beer

Lagunitas To Open Brewery in Chicago

It’s confirmed through this Twitter feed from Tony Magee, Lagunitas Brewing owner (born in Chicago). Beerpulse and New School Beer report that it will be a 250-barrel system by ROLEC.  The first mas is expected to take place at the end of 2013. We’ll update this post with whatever new information we get, and later […]

Will Illinois Let Wineries, Craft Brewers, and Distillers Sell At Farmers’ Markets?

Illinois Senate Bill 3456 should be called the “farmers’ market license law”.  This is a bill, with the Second Senate Amendment, that would augment the “special use permit license” definitions under the Illinois Liquor Control Act to allow Illinois licensed retailers to take some of their stock and go sell it at special events like […]

A Plug for Chicago Beer Fest

We can’t wait to see everyone at the Chicago Beer Festival tomorrow.  In addition to the great beers listed, we’ve been informed that a tremendous amount of Chicago breweries will be there who weren’t even on the website.  It’ll be great to see all of you.

A Must Read for Those Exporting to Missouri – 8th Circuit Rules Law Protecting Wholesalers Not Applicable Where Requirements Not Met

In an informative opinion for anyone shipping their product to Missouri for distribution by a wholesaler, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a wholesaler’s attempt to avail itself of the Missouri franchise protection statutes for that second tier of the three-tier system based on the fact that the parties didn’t actually create a franchise agreement that would allow for the protections because the wholesaler didn’t get a trademark license with its distribution agreement.

Anyone wanting to avoid the protectionist statutes that would keep you from changing distributors in Missouri will want to be familiar with this opinion as a way to possibly avoid Section 407.413 of the Missouri Revised Statutes which has  provisions that would, like many states, protect the wholesaler unless the amorphous “good cause” can be shown.  Two important provisions of this section read as follows:

2. Notwithstanding the terms, provisions and conditions of any franchise, no supplier shall unilaterally terminate or refuse to continue or change substantially the condition of any franchise with the wholesaler unless the supplier has first established good cause for such termination, noncontinuance or change.

3. Any wholesaler may bring an action in a court of competent jurisdiction against a supplier for violation of any of the provisions of this section and may recover damages sustained by such wholesaler together with the costs of the action and reasonable attorney’s fees.