Saudi Arabia – February 16, 2018 In Saudi Arabia alcohol possession and consumption is illegal, punishable by up to 500 lashes. Yet, it has been rumored that the Kingdom is one of the largest consumers of Johnnie Walker Black Label in the Middle East. In a country where liquor is illegal, the only way the…

Hanoi, Vietnam – February 14, 2018   The Tet Holiday is the Lunar New Year for the Vietnamese People. Tết Nguyên Đán is the Sino-Vietnamese name meaning, “Feast of the First Morning of The First Day”, it is the celebrations based on the lunar calendar signifying the first day of spring. Usually celebrated on the…

Washington D.C. – January 22,2017 There is much debate as to who will save on taxes under the new Tax Cut Bill hailed by the Trump Administration, there is no denying that alcohol producers will save. Within the massive Tax Cut Bill is Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act 2017 (CBMTRA) which cuts the…

Guizhou, China – January 10, 2018 Police in Guizhou announced the destruction of 7,488 bottles of fake Moutai that has been seized throughout the year from fake Moutai workshops throughout the cities and provinces of Beijing, Chongqing, Zhejang, Hunan, Guizhou and Renhuai. In March of 2016 the local police became aware of an ongoing enterprise…

Washington D.C. – December 26, 2017 The Tax Cut Bill included an amendment that would give tax credits to wineries. The Craft Beverage Modernization Act, which was a stand-alone Bill that had support Congressional Support over the years and always failed to pass. Offered as an Amendment to the comprehensive Tax Cut and Jobs Act…

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – 12-25-17 At least twelve people have died and double that have been hospitalized from alcohol poisoning after consuming bootleg Clairin. The first deaths occurred on the week of December 15th, with a second wave occurring among those attending the funerals for the first to die from drinking the methanol laced…

December 22. 2017 – Istanbul, Turkey The continuing rise in large scale bootleg booze operations in Turkey is a direct response to the skyrocketing taxes on alcohol under President Tayyip Erdogan. Since the beginning of the Erdogan Administration in 2003, the tax on raki has risen an astounding 665%, now accounting for two-thirds the cost…

December 21, 2017 – Jersey City, NJ The week of December 16 is the busiest week for retail purchases of Wine and Liquor. Holiday cheer has become associated with alcohol consumption. Unfortunately, in recent years the increase in fake liquor has also surged during the Holiday season. Headlines around the world are an indication of…

December 17, 2017 – Washington D.C. Three days after the United States Inspector General’s Office announced a probe into the State Department protocol for tracking reports of tainted alcohol incidents in Mexico, the procedures will change. The U.S. state Department will now begin tracking reports of blackouts and injury related to tainted alcohol reports by…

December 15, 2017 – Jersey City, New Jersey The U.S. Office of Inspector General has opened an investigation into the response or lack thereof, by the U.S. State Department into hundreds of complaints by United States Citizens of tainted alcohol in Mexico. Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican Representing Wisconsin received a letter from Inspector General…