Senate Committee to Take up Cold Beer, Sunday Sales Bills

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The chairman of an Indiana Senate committee that handles alcohol matters has scheduled a hearing for a bill to allow retail Sunday booze sales.

Republican Sen. Ron Alting, of Lafayette, says the measure will be heard Wednesday. He has also scheduled a hearing for Jan. 17 on a bill that would allow convenience and big-box stores to sell cold beer.

Lawmakers, brewers hope to settle beer battle

LINCOLN — A political battle over beer is headed for another round.  And there's hope that this time it will be more congenial.

Last year, craft brewers and liquor distributors conducted a contentious tug of war, both in the Nebraska Legislature and within the State Liquor Control Commission, over how exactly brews produced by the state's expanding breweries could be distributed.

California Beer Industry Reacts to Start of Recreational Cannabis Sales (excerpt)

Three days after sales of recreational cannabis began in California, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo calling for a stricter enforcement of federal marijuana laws and, in the process, rescinded Obama-era Department of Justice protections for legal cannabis that was included in the 2013 Cole Memorandum.

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This Midtown liquor store sells high-octane alcohol in small amounts. Some neighbors want it to stop.

In a part of Midtown Anchorage where homes and condos border busy strip malls, neighbors and businesses are fed up with a certain kind of garbage: miniature liquor bottles and crushed Steel Reserve beer cans. They say these drinks are favored by chronic alcoholics, many of whom live on the street, fueling blight.

Texas Court Affirms Constitutionality of Statute Prohibiting Brewers from Selling Distribution Rights to Their Products

Texas craft beer distributors received an early Christmas present in 2017. On December 15, 2017, the Texas Court of Appeals for the Third District, at Austin issued an opinion in Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission v. Live Oak Brewing Co., et al. (NO. 03-16-00786-CV) in which the court overturned a lower court’s determination that a statute prohibiting self-distributing brewers from selling the distribution rights to their products was unconstitutional under the Texas Constitution.

Cutting through the foam of Maryland's beer controversy

The purpose of Maryland’s regulation of the alcohol industry is “for the protection, health, welfare, and safety of the people of the state,” and it is for that reason only that state law justifies policies to “displace or limit economic competition.” 

Under that rubric, it should be fairly easy for lawmakers to establish that elements of the legislation approved last year to change the rules for the craft brewery industry fall short and should be amended.