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Robert Lewis

Robert F. Lewis focuses his practice on the laws governing alcohol industry members at all three tiers as well as tobacco, and other regulated products. Rob has accumulated over 25 years of experience in the alcohol industry including previously serving in law enforcement and as a special agent with the State of Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco. Rob’s experience includes working with foreign and domestic alcohol industry clients in a wide variety of issues including alcohol licensing and structuring of alcohol service operations, alcohol trade practice analysis and consulting, defending regulatory enforcement actions as well as state and federal investigations of alcohol industry members, administrative litigation, land use and zoning analysis and approval processes, and state and local government lobbying efforts. Rob has also served as an expert witness on matters relating to alcohol beverage law and administrative code provisions in Florida.

CraftGlobal News

Just the other day, we posted a blog entitled Florida Distillers Go to Capitol Hill to Urge Support for Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act.  Apparently, representatives from other states have been addressing their concerns as well.  As reported in The Hill, Kentucky’s two senators, Mitch McConnell and, Rand

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Global News

Last year we reported on the possible partnership of alcohol brands and colleges on our blog. A recent article on knoxnews.com covers how the SEC presidents voted to lift the ban on alcohol sales inside stadiums during games. Each conference is leaving it up to the schools to make the

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Cannabis

A recent Food Dive article reports that more than 100 speakers appeared at the FDA’s first public hearing on CBD.  The crowd was comprised of government officials, lawyers, mothers, and retailers – and despite their different views of CBD, most agreed that FDA action needs to be taken soon. Even

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Wine & Spirits

In recent years, private label products have increased in popularity with the general public. Private label products are those which have been created specifically for, and in some cases by, retailers – for example, Amazon-branded household products – to be sold exclusively via one sales channel. With the ease of

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Cannabis

Aspen, Colorado’s 2017 year-end sales tax report is in, and it shows cannabis sales surpassing alcohol sales for the first time when compared to off-premise sales. cannabis sales represented $11.3 million of Aspen’s combined retail sales of $730 million in 2017, a 16% increase over the previous year. Alcohol, meanwhile,

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BeerGlobal News

An emerging and fast-growing trend is towards craft spirits, especially whiskey, and a quest for “authenticity” among consumers. Especially younger consumers in the millennial and Gen X groups. These trends are being driven by social media “word of mouth” and by a new and growing multicultural group of consumers in

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BeerCraft

Today’s modern drinkers are changing. Although beer continues to remain the beverage of choice for most consumers, wine and spirits have remained popular as well. But gaining popularity are craft products in all three categories: wine, beer, and spirits. Polling and consumer purchase numbers are showing three major trends shaping

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Global News

In a state where more than half the population identifies with a religion forbidding alcohol consumption, you expect to find strict liquor laws. Utah restaurant and bar owners have long navigated a complex set of laws governing their abilities to serve alcohol to patrons. But the laws are changing in

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Global News

Introducing the Booze Barrister, an online publication dedicated to presenting the independent voice of today’s news through coverage of alcohol, cannabis, and other industry-related news. This week on Booze Barrister: Ottawa eyes tougher blood-alcohol limits Traffic injury researchers say they aren’t convinced lowering the legal blood-alcohol limit will keep drunk

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Global News

Alcohol is usually served to people, often at the best of times when celebration is called for. It’s served after a hard day at work, after a wedding, and as a way to toast friends and family. But when disaster strikes, alcohol can turn things about and serve those who

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