Underage Alcohol Sales, Compliance Checks and Minor Decoys: What Is Fair?

In October 2014, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), together with the Chico Police Department, took action against three liquor stores after a series of investigations on underage alcohol sales by Chico businesses. Reportedly, after conducting compliance checks at five separate Chico locations, authorities cited three clerks, working at Shell Gas Station, Chevron […]


Investigation Of Boston Beer Industry Lends Valuable Lesson In Tied-House Law

On November 14, 2014, The Boston Globe reported on a popular Massachusetts brewer who had complained to state authorities after two Boston bars refused to sell its products, instead claiming that other brewers had paid for exclusive reservation of the bars’ tap lines. Now, investigators over at the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) have subpoenaed numerous breweries and […]


When “Tied-House” Rules Clash With Social Media Marketing

A Sacramento winery (“the Company”) recently found itself under investigation by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) after certain social media marketing. Reportedly, after the Company retweeted Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau’s tweet about the Grape Escape, an upcoming Sacramento event showcasing local breweries and wineries, the Company was held in violation of California “tied-house” […]


Dogpatch Befriends San Francisco Breweries

Historically an industrial shipyard and seaport area, San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood is shaping into a focal point for the alcoholic beverage industry and a favorite spot for thirsty locals. The neighborhood now offers ample opportunity to taste Bay Area brews and even become part of the manufacturing experience. “The Dogpatch’s brewery boom has officially begun,” […]


Healdsburg Considers Banning Tobacco Sales To Those Under 21

On October 27, 2014, Healdsburg City Council voted 4-1 in favor of an ordinance that, if approved, would require Healdsburg establishments to obtain a Tobacco Retailers License prior to selling tobacco products, and would prohibit the sale of tobacco products to anyone under 21 years of age. Should City Council approve this ordinance during a […]