While one whiskey giant objects to the trademark of a small beer business, another distillery is taking steps to solidify its 150-year legacy. Across the pond, the British government is asking Heineken to justify how they’re not robbing the market. Plus, a well known name in jazz is getting his own gin. Here’s what you need to know before starting your day.

June 15, 2017

Kerala Loosens Alcohol Ban, Minimum Drinking Age Raised To 23

An Indian state with previous alcohol problems and strict bans is now allowing alcohol to be sold at hotels. They still want balance though, as the minimum drinking age was raised, and the importance of rehabilitation agencies is a frequently-discussed topic.

2. The Spirits Business

Beam Suntory accused of ‘corporate bullying’ in trademark case

The owner of small outdoors shop Conn O’Mara in Ireland planned to start selling a craft beer with his company logo, until nearby Cooley Distillery filed an objection to the trademark. The whiskey company attested that customers could confuse Conn O’Mara with their product, Connemara Irish Whiskey.

4. Financial Times

Heineken told to address competition risk in Punch Taverns deal

Competition and Markets Authority in the United Kingdom has given Heineken until June 20th to address competition concerns, following their Punch Taverns purchase. Failure to address how they will keep the market fair will result in an investigation.