Challenge to The 3-Tier System Inevitable as Illinois Legislature Introduces Bill to Revoke Anheuser’s Stake in City Beverage

Illinois could soon find itself again at the center of the ongoing national debate over the three-tiered system.  And that debate will involve the same two parties as last time. I’m sure you all recall the 2010-2011 Anheuser Busch case in Illinois where a Federal District Court found that a previous iteration of Illinois’ Liquor […]

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 Beerdates.com) the TTB […]