Author Archives: Joel Whitaker

How a Bill to Help One Craft Distiller Might Hurt Another

We’ll admit to a bias in favor of smaller businesses.  So you’d think we’d be all for bills, such as the one passed by the Illinois legislature but not yet signed by Gov. Bruyce Rauner that would allow craft distillers … Continue reading

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What You Drink Depends Upon Who and Where

Americans’ preferred alcoholic beverages have a lot do with not only who they are but where they are, The Harris Poll finds. When imbibing at home, those who drink at least a few times per year are most likely to … Continue reading

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WSWA Urges NY Legislators to Uphold 3-Tier System, But Bill Passes

The New York Assembly passed, 90-6, a bill limited the State Liquor Authority’s ability to penalize licensees who ship wine into other states in violation of their laws. Passage comes nearly a year after Empire Wine was cited for sending wine to … Continue reading

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New York Gov, Legislators Agree to Expand Sunday Alcohol Sales

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders agreed to allow alcohol to be sold earlier on Sundays, broaden retail sales by producers and reduce fees for wineries, distilleries, breweries and cideries statewide. “We’ve worked hard to cut red … Continue reading

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Castle Brands’ Net Sales Up 25.7% in Year, Net Loss Narrows

Castle Brands had net sales for fiscal 2016 totaled $72.2 million, a 25.7% jump from a year earlier. The company attributed the sales growth to the overall growth of Jefferson’s and Jefferson’s Reserve, Clontarf Irish whiskey and Goslings Stormy Ginger … Continue reading

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Teamsters: U.S. Should Reject ABI-SABMiller Deal Unless MillerCoors Agrees to Keep Its Eden, N.C., Brewery Open

MillerCoors‘ Eden brewery is responsible for 12.5% of MillerCoors’ production capacity and 4% of all beer production in the United States. “If this closure is permitted to move forward, it will not only affect good American jobs—roughly 500 at the … Continue reading

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