Category Archives: Liquor Industry

Beer Tourism

From March 31 to April 8, New Hampshire will be celebrating the third annual Craft Beer  Week. New Hampshire has sixty-three breweries and ten distributors.  Events such as a Craft Beer Week, which is marketing beer as a tourist activity, … Continue reading

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Beer and Taxes

At the end of January Congress introduced the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act. The bill would reduce the tax rate for large and small brewers. Both the Beer Institute which primarily represents mega brewers such as Anheuser Busch … Continue reading

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Lessons from Alcohol Production for Legal Marijuana

According to an article in the New York Times, Colorado is getting fewer taxes from the sale of recreational marijuana than the state expected. The creation of a legal marijuana market has occurred within the context of states increasingly turning … Continue reading

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Under Control? 13

This is a video of the talk I gave at the Under Control Conference in London in June 2013. Click here to  view it. When I figure out how to post the actual video on this site, I will. If … Continue reading

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Is the Future Bright for Bourbon Distillers?

On Sunday, the Associated Press had a story headlined “Kentucky Bourbon Makers see Bright Future.” This headline implies that bourbon distillers have large sales ahead of them. While it is true that bourbon, along with rye, has been riding a … Continue reading

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Legalizing Marijuana

Another one of the session I attended at the Alcohol Drugs History Society conference, Under Control?, was on “Prohibiting Cannabis”.  Neil Boyd spoke about Vancouver and the status of legalizing marijuana use in Canada. Many people in Vancouver support decriminalization … Continue reading

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Queen Bee: Drinking Practices in a British Pub

One of the most interesting talks I heard at the Alcohol Drug History Conference, Under Control? was by Amanda Fine, a Ph.D. student in anthropology. She is doing an ethnography of young people and alcohol use in a new town. … Continue reading

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Bourbon and Wine

As I have said, one reason I was in Paris and London was to give a paper at the Alcohol Drugs History Conference, Under Control? My paper was “Creating Bourbon: Distillers and the federal government 1862-1963.” I was part of … Continue reading

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The ATF

As part of President Obama’s gun control plan he has included a request to have his nominee for director of the ATF be confirmed. Prior to 2006 the director of the ATF did not require Senate confirmation. Since 2006 there … Continue reading

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Better Late Than Never

The current issue of The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs has a review of Brewing Battles. The book was published over three and a half years ago but such delays are fairly common in academic reviewing. If you want … Continue reading

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