Forbes publishes piece on (yet another) creepy, anti-competitive law

September 27, 2016 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

Forbes has published my piece on Alabama’s proposed rule allowing the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to creep on craft beer consumers.  Although the Board says the rule is a way for it to enforce the state’s rigid controls on how much craft breweries can sell, those familiar with occupational licensing laws may suspect that the R ...


AL wants craft brewers to record your personal information before selling you a beer

September 07, 2016 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

The alcohol industry is famously anti-competitive.  It has numerous regulations that make it difficult for new companies to start up, and that keep the big producers on top.  Readers may recall PLF’s challenge to a Florida law that outright banned the standard size craft brew container—called a growler—allegedly to curb drinking ...


Florida Legislature approves growler law fix

April 30, 2015 | By MARK MILLER

In the last two weeks, the Florida State Senate and House of Representatives both unanimously approved a bill to legalize the 64-ounce growler.  The Legislature made this move after years of failing to fix the law; that ongoing failure hurt the small businesses that make up the exploding craft beer industry. The Legislature finally took action a ...


Court denies State’s motion to dismiss beer growler suit

January 15, 2015 | By MARK MILLER

We are happy to report that the Court has denied the State of Florida’s motion to dismiss Pacific Legal Foundation’s lawsuit seeking to throw out the State’s ban on beer growlers. You can read the Court’s well-considered and thoughtful ruling, which sets out the nature of the case quite well and why it would be … ...


PLF asks court to deny Florida’s attempt to stop growler ban lawsuit

December 17, 2014 | By MARK MILLER

Earlier today, Pacific Legal Foundation filed its response in opposition to the State of Florida’s motion to dismiss PLF’s lawsuit challenging the State’s irrational law banning beer growlers. The growler, of course, is the industry-standard half-gallon containers of beer that craft beer enthusiasts prefer throughout the United S ...


Florida growls back at PLF

November 20, 2014 | By MARK MILLER

Yesterday, the State of Florida filed its response to Pacific Legal Foundation’s lawsuit on behalf of The Crafted Keg. In that suit, PLF seeks to overturn Florida’s irrational ban on 64-ounce beer growlers. Not surprisingly, the government has moved to dismiss the case, once again reflecting that governments rarely meet a PLF case th ...


News flash : people like beer

October 31, 2014 | By MARK MILLER

When Pacific Legal Foundation agreed to represent The Crafted Keg in its challenge to the State of Florida’s ban on craft-beer growlers, PLF had no idea of the attention that the case would receive. PLF should have known of course, since experts in the field of beer recognize its importance to human culture. A variety of … ...