This coming spring, the good folks from the American Distilling Institute will hold their 2018 Annual Convention in the exciting city of Portland, Oregon. Portland is an amazing city. Portland is the Zaphod Beeblebrox of cities. It is so cool you could keep a side of meat in it for a month, and if it… Read More Best in Class
Alaska is a place I’ve always wanted to visit. I’ve managed to visit (or at least pass through) 48 of the 50 states – but Alaska is not among them. And since my firm has an office in Anchorage I don’t have a good reason for not having visited yet. I really should try to… Read More North to the Future
In last week’s installment, I lamented the fact that neither the House of Representatives nor the Senate had included some version of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2017 in their respective tax proposals. But I may have spoken too soon. This past Tuesday, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R –… Read More Progress?
On November 2, the House of Representatives released its proposed tax bill – the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. A few days later, the Senate released its own version. Both were met with significant media scrutiny. Both contain items which are likely to benefit some taxpayers while harming others. And both – at least from… Read More Legislating Disappointment
For some time, some large players in the alcohol industry have been lobbying against the legalization of cannabis in the United States. This isn’t really all that surprising. Given the potential for recreational-use cannabis to steal market share from alcohol – especially beer – producers, it only makes sense for them to try to protect… Read More Dave’s not here, Man
This Saturday I will have the great pleasure of attending two parties. They are – in a sense – birthday parties, for they celebrate the anniversary of the launch of two spirits businesses here in the Seattle area. At one, I’m told there will be bourbon and a roast pig. At the other, there will… Read More Beating the odds
Why do people give up? I’ve been thinking about this for the past couple of weeks – ever since listening to a panel at the Chicago Independent Spirits Expo. The panel was a roundtable discussion of the current state of craft distilling in the United States. And while the panelists had a lot of positive… Read More Tough Sledding