The list of Big Beer owned crafty breweries keeps getting larger (many known as ABI’s “High End”). That is, until ABI recently announced that it is out of its craft brewery acquisition phase.  The focus now, according to ABI, will be on an organic growth.  Check out Good Beer Hunting’s article on this topic here:

So the Ninth Circuit got this one right. Basically, big beer still won’t be able to pay retailers for advertising under California law.  That, my fellow craft beer lovers, is a big deal.

If you’ve followed my prior blog posts, you’d know that I have been following the Retail Digital Network (“RDN”) case very closely. 

What’s Big Beer up to? If you pay attention to beer headlines or the blogosphere, you have no doubt noticed folks shining light on Big Beer’s antics.  In my mind, Big Beer’s conduct can be classified into two camps:  Vader (akin to vertical integration) and the Borg (akin to horizontal integration with some psychology mixed

Hi again. Please excuse my absence—it’s been a bit busy on the teaching side.

When things “go legal,” it is difficult to discuss a concept without a precise definition (see “causation,” “reckless,” “negligence,” etc.).  The term “craft beer” is no exception.  When I say craft beer, I might mean something totally different than when

Maybe it’s too late. Every day when I go through my craft beer news cycle (thanks @BrewersAssoc, @CraftBrewingBiz, et al.), I seem to be reading more and more about independent brewery-on-brewery lawsuits. Every time, I mouth a silent “Nooooooo!” Why? Two primary reasons.

Because that’s not the industry most of us know or

If you want to bring Congress together, it seems the only thing that is capable of doing so is craft beer (and other craft beverages). I’m talking FEDERAL bipartisanship, folks.

Early this year, Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Representatives Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and Ron Kind (D-WI) reintroduced the Craft Beverage Modernization

It’s kind of funny. I get a lot of questions from friends and colleagues about why I study craft beer laws and regulations.  People seem to think that it is inconsequential or pedestrian in some sense.  Maybe they are right in light of the social and political mess playing out before us.  But I don’t

So it’s no secret that I am a supporter of tied-house laws and the three-tier system. They serve the following important policy objectives: preventing vertical and horizontal integration in the alcohol market, prohibiting unfair competition tactics (pay-to-play, kickbacks, etc.), and, to some degree, promoting responsible drinking. Given that these laws have been around awhile, many

In my last entry, I explored how the Ninth Circuit’s potential application of “heightened” commercial speech protections under Sorrell’s First Amendment analysis could spell trouble for the craft brewing industry in California.  Well, the Eighth Circuit recently continued the trouble, but it did so without applying any stricter scrutiny than that applied under the traditional