The beer company behind such high-selling suds as Samuel Adams has agreed to pay a $975,000 fine for bootlegging 1.4 million cases in New York state, officials said.
American Craft Brewery — a subsidiary of the Boston Beer Company — agreed Wednesday to pony up the beer money to settle up for peddling products lacking proper registration labels, according to the State Liquor Authority.
The SLA discovered in 2016 that American Craft Brewery had registered only one of its products — Twisted Tea Summer Blueberry — for sale in the state.
By early 2018, the company still hadn’t registered its other brews — in the meantime with sales of more than $24 million in 2017.
The fine was the largest for a brewer in state history.
The labels are required to ensure public safety.
A Boston Beer spokesperson blamed a “clerical error” for its registration flub.
Who Runs that place? Based on the infractions & the response I’m guessing its Bill & Tom. Oh, it was a clerical error? Yeah, right. And you guys called him “The Deflator” becuase of weight loss. HA! C’mon guys you just gotta own it. Way more respect for brazen cheating than excuses. Just flex on em and be like the villians at the end of each episode of Scooby-Doo. “I woulda gotten away with it too if it weren’t for you pesky kids”.
Own that shit. Besides, no one actually cares about some state shakedown charge. Anyone who deals with the state in their line of work knows this red tape & shakedowns for cash that pay for “public works” aka hookers for secret business meetings is the worst. should have just been like “yeah well, if you don’t like it we got two words for ya”