A liquid-nitrogen-laced cocktail leads to a lawsuit, while the Pennsylvania district attorney charges SGWS, Breakthru, and others for “misconduct” in PA. A French insurance company acquires a Premier Grand Cru Classé B estate, while the Moueix family adds two properties to its portfolio. And, a Nebraska bar owner explains his decision to stop stocking Anheuser-Busch’s products. This is the news we’re thinking about here at SevenFifty Daily.

July 28, 2017
1. Daily Mail

LA man sues George Clooney, Casamigos Tequila, others after liquid nitrogen-laced shot leads to hospitalization, surgery

A LA man who ordered a “smoking” cocktail at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles claims he experienced excruciating pain immediately after drinking the tequila-liquid nitrogen mix, which was served to him by a Los Angeles-based marketing executive for Casamigos Tequila. He is suing Clooney, the Beverly Hilton, Casamigos, Southern Wines and Spirits, and others for up to $20 million for negligence and battery.

2. Omaha World-Herald

Lincoln bar stops carrying Anheuser-Busch products as statement of support for 'independent craft' breweries

Matt Myers, owner of Lincoln’s The Happy Raven, decided that his bar will no longer carry or sell any Anheuser-Busch products. Anheuser-Busch, Meyers contends, purchases successful craft breweries and hopes consumers don’t realize it, blurring the lines between independent craft beer and the brands owned by the megabrewer. Anheuser-Busch denies this. But Myers’ decision illustrates an ongoing conflict between big beer and those in the craft camp.

4. Wine Spirits Daily

SGWS, Breakthru, and others fined millions for "misconduct" in PA

The US Attorney’s Office in Pennsylvania ordered Southern Glazer’s, Breakthru Beverage, White Rock Distilleries and Pio Imports, to pay a total of $9 million in monetary penalties for providing gifts to Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board executives.