Month: February 2016

  • You cannot lose if you do not play….

    In previous blogs, one could find a number of stories about beer wholesalers who have violated federal and state beer laws and regulations.  Even some who violated standards by going outside the parameters of their franchise agreements with suppliers.  These narratives ended with the wholesaler being penalized in some form or other, and, in every […]

  • In this business you either sink or swim or you don’t.

    For decades, every major brewer held an annual convention for their wholesalers.  Conventions were held for ABI, SABMiller, and Crown, in addition to many breweries no longer in existence, including Schlitz, Pabst, G. Heileman, and regionals like Lone Star, Pearl, Olympia and Hamm’s. Large and small importers, alike, including Heineken, Paulaner, Molson, and Warsteiner, also held […]

  • The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.

    Historically, each case of beer for sale in Texas was required to be 288 ounces.  This applied only to beer which had an ABV of five percent or less.  Any product over five percent ABV was either classified as a malt liquor or ale.  Brewers offered 24/12 ounce packages in bottles or cans, but they […]

  • I’m not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.

    An editorial entitled, “The Craft Beer Cops,” in the January 22nd edition of The Wall Street Journal’s highlights “the burden of federal regulation on the good folk who want to create tasty beverages.”  The quote was from Jeb Bush during a recent presidential campaign trip to New Hampshire. While there, Bush had the opportunity to […]