Is Liquor Contamination Suspected? June 24, 2019 – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Hard Rock All-Inclusive Will No Longer Include Mini Bar Liquor In an unusual move by the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino resort in Punta Cana announced that they will be removing in-room mini-bars from guest rooms. According to the statement the action was…

By Katherine L. Moore JD, MS We all love our spirits. I’m originally from North Carolina and like any good Carolinian knows, NASCAR, a sport millions of people love, owes its roots to that love of spirits. During prohibition in the 1920’s and 1930’s moonshiners and bootleggers would modify their cars for peak speed and performance…

Thika, Kenya – February 10, 2019 In a joint operation on January 31,2019, that included the Police, the Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI), the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and the elite police Flying Squad seized African Spirit Company Limited in Thika. This company is the licensed distiller and distributor of popular Kenyan Brands of liquor…

August 15, 2018 – Jersey City, NJ USA Putting international politics aside the recent tariffs on USA alcohol exports will create one certain outcome: Fuel Counterfeit Alcohol Production. Supply, demand and pricing economics is no different for illicit products. This summers trade war with the European Union had already caused concern from Brown-Forman the maker…

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…

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…

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…