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Shipping Wine

There was an interesting article in Wednesday’s New York Times about a crackdown on interstate shipping of wine. Since Prohibition the three-tier system has existed in the liquor industry. The tiers are wholesalers, retailers, and producers. Because of this system … Continue reading

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Alcohol Task Force Sub Group

On Wednesday, I attended the first meeting, via Zoom, of the Alcohol Task Force sub group on Public Health, Safety and Prevention. The chair, Lisa Wong, laid out the areas we will focus on in making our recommendations to the … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Alcohol Task Force

Tuesday I attended a public hearing of the Massachusetts Alcohol Task Force. Deb Goldberg, the State Treasurer, created the task force to look at the laws and regulations governing the alcohol beverage industry. About fifteen people were present and about … 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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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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Connecticut Trail of Taxes

The June/July issue of Yankee Brew News had two stories about Connecticut brewing that I think illuminate the shape of the craft brewing industry today.  On May 11, the Connecticut Senate passed a bill establishing the Connecticut Brewery Trail. In … Continue reading

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76 Years of Beer Cans

Today is the 76th anniversary of the beer can. In To commemorate the occasion, I am posting an excerpt from Brewing Battles: A History of American Beer (Algora, 20070), pages 106-107. The American Can Company had developed a viable beer … Continue reading

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Sales Tax on Alcohol

Tomorrow people in Massachusetts will vote on three ballot questions. Two have to do with taxes. Question 3 would reduce the rate of the state sales and use tax from 6.25% to 3%. Question 1 would remove the sales tax … Continue reading

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