A few months ago, I lamented the passage by the Seattle City Council of a sweetened beverage tax. When it was enacted, the City Council noted that several other municipalities already had similar taxes in place. That – apparently – gave them some comfort that Seattle’s new ordinance wasn’t necessarily out of spec with other… Read More How’s the sweet tooth?
[Originally published in the Fall 2017 issue of Artisan Spirit magazine.] In a prior article, I discussed the ways that smaller spirits businesses can solicit and receive equity investments from third parties by selling shares of company stock or limited liability company membership interests. If the cash is received from a traditionally friendly party —… Read More The Care and Feeding of Stakeholders
I’m comfortably cruising at somewhere approaching 30,000 feet as I write this, heading to Chicago for the Indie Spirits Expo. But the Expo itself doesn’t start until Tuesday – and I’m heading out on Sunday – so what gives? Bourbon. Specifically, I’m heading over early in order to participate in a Stave & Thief Society… Read More Who doesn’t like Corn?
Two days ago, Buffalo Trace owner (and serial litigant) Sazerac, found itself on the wrong end of a lawsuit involving its trademark. The case – Sazerac Company Inc. v. Fetzer Vineyards – was brought by Sazerac in federal court in the Northern District of California in the autumn of 2015. At issue was Fetzer’s logo for… Read More Where do the Buffalo Roam?
On Tuesday evening, I was thrilled to play host to a group of Seattle-based entrepreneurs as part of the Seattle Made annual celebration of our local food and beverage community. We gathered a few dozen of these brave souls (really, you need to be brave to be a food/bev. entrepreneur) at a local event space which… Read More In pursuit of joy.
There are many reasons I make my home in the Pacific Northwest. Among them is the climate. Simply put, I don’t much enjoy heat and humidity. So when I go to visit family back in the southeastern part of the country – a landscape of sweltering alligators – I try to schedule those visits in… Read More Drink the water?
This week I’m sending a lot of thoughts (and what charitable assistance I can) to people displaced by flooding as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Here in Seattle, many of us succumbed to grumpiness a few months ago as we suffered through the wettest winter on record – with 42 inches of rain. The fact… Read More Higher Ground