Curing a Sclerotic Alcohol Industry With the COVID-19 Pandemic

Curing a Sclerotic Alcohol Industry With the COVID-19 Pandemic

There is a possibility that one lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will be a significant reformation of the rules that govern the sale and distribution of alcohol in America. If this does happen it will not be due to Americans and American policymakers realizing that bottles and cocktails can be successfully sold from the curbside. It will be due to a new social and economic paradigm dictating our understanding of the purpose of alcohol regulation. The social and economic…

May 19, 2020

Tyranny as a Peril of Pandemic—The California ABC Power Grab

Tyranny as a Peril of Pandemic—The California ABC Power Grab

Due Process: It’s the concept and rule that when the state or its agencies or representatives takes legal action against a person or organization, it is required to follow the law in doing so, which includes providing an avenue for the accused to dispute the charges against them. It’s a pretty important concept and in America represents the difference between tyranny and rule by the people. So why is the California Alcohol Beverage Commission in the process of suspending due…

May 11, 2020

The Supreme Court is for Sissies

The Supreme Court is for Sissies

A funny thing happened on the way to federal courts. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decided to ignore the Supreme Court exists. At least, this seems to be the opinion of long-time beverage alcohol attorney and court watcher Marc Sorini, who recently wrote an analysis of the Lebamoff v Whitmer case in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals which overturned a decision of a lower court and allowed Michigan’s discriminatory retailer wine shipping ban to stand. As you may…

Apr 28, 2020

Wine Blogging and the Return of Alder Yarrow

Wine Blogging and the Return of Alder Yarrow

A few days ago Alder Yarrow, publisher of the venerable and award-winning “Vinography” blog, wrote something surprising and something I’ve long wanted to write at FERMENTATION: “So now, pandemic and its imposition of house cleaning, cooking, and home schooling duties notwithstanding, I am going to indulge my passion. I’m going to write about wine like it’s actually my job to do so. I’ll do a little consulting on the side, just to make sure we can still pay our bills,…

Apr 27, 2020

A Peek at the Drinking Habits of My Oregon Neighbors

A Peek at the Drinking Habits of My Oregon Neighbors

The “Daily Constitutional” appears to be seeing a renaissance in the midst of our quarantined life. Here in our little neighborhood in Salem, Oregon, it’s not uncommon these days to see numerous families out taking their daily walk, usually in the late afternoon. I enjoy the daily walk myself. But perhaps my favorite thing about getting out and taking a stroll is what I learn about my neighbors’ drinking habits. Friday morning is garbage day. So, each Thursday we diligently…