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Michigan Licensed Beverage Association

Serving Liquor Licensees Since 1939


2019 Winter Board Meeting
Hello members! Are you interested in attending our 2019 Winter Board Meeting? 
To learn more about the event on Dec. 3, CLICK HERE!
This year's meeting will take place at: 

MLBA Office
101 S. Washington Sq. Ste. 800, Lansing, MI 48933



MLBA Launches Captive Insurance Company

The Michigan Licensed Beverage Association (MLBA) received formal approval from the Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) to establish a captive insurance company in Michigan on Tuesday, June 12.

“We will focus primarily on selling liquor liability insurance to on- and off-premises alcohol establishments,” said MLBA President Rick Swindlehurst. “The MLBA actually helped pass the law requiring that alcohol-selling establishments have a minimum amount of liquor liability coverage because too many places were losing their businesses due to being underinsured.”


2018 PAC Golf Outing

Mon., Aug. 13: PAC Golf Outing – The Emerald in St. Johns, MI


Executive Board Meeting 

Tues., July 25: Executive Board Meeting – MLBA, Lansing, MI


Expert's Opinion:

The hospitality industry is one of the most vulnerable industries when it comes to theft — especially internal theft. Keeping your establishment(s) and your money safe is vital.

“Unfortunately, in this industry, there is a lot of internal theft whether it’s in the kitchen, people overserving or stealing drinks,” said Chris Mellon, President/Owner of Great Lakes Security (GLS). “Bars also tend to be a cash business so cameras are important.”


MLBA Fall Retreat

This last month we hosted our annual Fall Retreat. This year the meetings took place on Mackinac Island at the Grand Hotel.

The Grand Hotel is exceptionally beautiful and they were very gracious and showed us fantastic hospitality. The presidential suite was absolutely stunning. Thanks again to the folks over at the Grand for being a great venue.

During the meetings, we also held our elections. I, along with the officers, were all re-elected. No changes were made, aside from Marcia Wagner retiring. Thank you very much for your service and dedication to the MLBA over the years.

I would like to thank our members for their trust in our MLBA elected officials. We are working hard to continue to do great things for the industry and we will continue to fight for you and your business.


Expert's Opinion: The Explosion of Brewpubs and Microbreweries

by Scott A. Breen

It has been amazing to see how many new craft beers have made it to market in the past couple of decades.

This shows the passion that people have for creating new beer flavors and styles and the demand for these products.

Along with this growth has been the explosion of new brewpubs and micro breweries.

Brewpubs and micro breweries both brew their own beer and can sell it within their restaurants as well as to customers for off-premises consumption.

2016 Spring Conference & Legislative Day

Our members have had a great time meeting with and sharing lunch with their legislators. Our members set up 110 personal meetings with 39 different legislators.

Meeting with legislators is important. The hospitality industry has been a target for legislators in the past because licensed beverage businesses are easy to criticize.