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Craft Beer Times | Updates on DTC Lawsuit, Cocktails To-Go, and Spirits Growth Across US

Updates on DTC Lawsuit, Cocktails To-Go, and Spirits Growth Across US

Updates on DTC Lawsuit, Cocktails To-Go, and Spirits Growth Across US

Legislative Update: DTC Lawsuit Settled in Oregon; Cocktails To-Go Movement in Maine and Michigan; Spirits Momentum in Montana and California

DTC Lawsuit Settled in Oregon

Direct-to-consumer (DTC) shipping has been a long-standing debate in the wine industry. Many states have laws that restrict DTC shipping, while others allow it with certain limitations. Recently, Oregon was in the spotlight as a class-action lawsuit was filed against wineries that allegedly violated state laws on DTC shipping.

After months of legal proceedings, the lawsuit has been settled with the wineries agreeing to pay over $1.4 million in damages and legal fees. The settlement serves as a reminder to wineries to familiarize themselves with state laws on DTC shipping and ensure compliance to avoid costly legal battles.

Cocktails To-Go Movement in Maine and Michigan

The pandemic has brought about many changes in the way we enjoy cocktails. One trend that has gained momentum is the cocktails to-go movement. In Maine and Michigan, lawmakers have taken notice and passed legislation to allow restaurants and bars to sell cocktails to-go.

This move has been welcomed by many in the industry who see it as a lifeline for struggling businesses during these difficult times. However, there are concerns about the potential for increased drunk driving incidents and underage drinking. Lawmakers have addressed these concerns by setting limits on the number of cocktails that can be sold per customer and requiring age verification for those picking up to-go orders.

Spirits Momentum in Montana and California

The spirits industry is seeing growth in both Montana and California. In Montana, distilleries have been popping up in recent years, and the state legislature has taken notice. Lawmakers have passed several bills that support the industry, including one that allows distilleries to sell their products directly to consumers.

In California, the spirits industry has been expanding rapidly, and it shows no signs of slowing down. The state’s favorable climate and agricultural resources make it an ideal location for distilleries. In addition, the state’s large population and thriving tourism industry provide a lucrative market for local spirits.


The legislative landscape for the alcohol industry is constantly evolving, with new laws and regulations being passed regularly. Staying up-to-date with these changes can be a challenge, but it is essential for businesses to ensure compliance and avoid costly legal battles. The DTC lawsuit settlement in Oregon, cocktails to-go movement in Maine and Michigan, and spirits momentum in Montana and California are just a few of the latest developments in the industry.


Dustin is a writer about craft beer and a professional brewer in the city of Chicago. He has written for several magazines and has over a decade of experience in the beer industry. He is currently working on a book about the history of beer in Chicago.

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