“Miller Time” for Anheuser-Busch Inbev? Sort of.

The United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has given its consent to the proposed merger of Anheuser-Busch InBev (“ABI”) and SABMiller. The DOJ challenged the approximately $100 billion merger on antitrust grounds, and on July 20, 2016 the DOJ announced that it had reached an agreement with ABI to permit the merger to move forward.

While Consumers “Drink Local,” Brewers must “Think Local” About the Environment: Yuengling to Pay Almost $10 Million to Address Environmental Violations

Pursuant to a Consent Decree filed with the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania federal court on June 23rd, D.G. Yuengling and Son, Inc. (“Yuengling”) has reached agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) over alleged Clean Water Act violations. It is alleged that Yuengling violated requirements of the Clean Water Act during the seven-year span from 2008 to …

Congress Is Interested In Helping Breweries Export

Have you ever thought about whether American beers are on tap or distributed to other countries, and if they are, which ones? With the staggering number of breweries in the United States, and with the popularity of craft beers expanding worldwide, it makes sense that at some point in a brewery’s business plan the idea …

Nashoba Valley Winery Fights For Its Existence After ABCC Reinterprets Farmer-Series License Statutes

Nashoba Valley Winery, a hilltop orchard and vineyard located in bucolic Bolton, Massachusetts, operates a winery, distillery, and brewery as well as a farm-to-table restaurant serving up its wine and beer alongside locally-grown food. Running the business has required four separate licenses from the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC): a pouring license for the …

California District Court Disposes of Challenge to MillerCoors’ Marketing of Blue Moon

During an apparent respite from the controversy surrounding the Trump University Case, California District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel recently found time to dispose of another high profile case in which a craft beer enthusiast accused MillerCoors of deceptively marketing its popular Blue Moon Belgian-style beer. Parent v. MillerCoors has been lingering since October of 2015, …