Understanding Beer Law: Distribution Agreements

When you’re starting to look at distributing your beer line to grocery and liquor stores, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to starting to prepare your distribution agreements. The marriage of a brewery and distributor can be, like any marriage, tricky to navigate. Getting out of a distribution agreement, also like a marriage, can be difficult and expensive. That’s why a distribution…

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Start-to-Finish: Your Dedicated Beer Lawyer

If you’re getting into the art of brewing, on your own, odds are you’re looking to take your beer, wine or liquor into the retail space (if even locally). But what many people don’t know is the legal processes that must be in place to start distributing your own line of craft beers. When it comes to liquor licensing, there are a lot of federal and state licenses that need to first be applied for.…

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Trademarking your beer

When it comes to protecting your products or latest brewery creations, there’s a lot of confusion surrounding the difference between trademarks and copyrights. What’s a trademark, and why do I need it? A trademark, in the simplest of terms, is a word, phrase, symbol and/or design that will not only help identify your product, but also help distinguish your product from competitor brands. It’s…

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Hiring the right “beer lawyer”

When it comes to hiring the right beer attorney, you can never go wrong with a thorough vetting process. But what is it, exactly, you should be looking for in the selection of an attorney for your brewery or business? Whether you’re operating a brewery, brewpub, bar or craft beer bottling company, you’re running a business. And like any other business owner out there, you’re more than likely…

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