Understanding Beer Law: Wine and Spirits

Although the process of filing for wine and spirits trademarks can differ from that of beer trademarking, we don’t discriminate! At Drumm Law, we are fan of all types of alcohol — beer, wine, spirits or otherwise. So, what does the process look like for trademarking wine and spirits? For starters, a wine trademark takes between 6 and 12 months for an examination to be completed by the United…

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Understanding beer law: our “Pro Beerno” program

Deciding on a new trademark for your brewery or beer can be an exciting part of the process. However, your trademark should not only represent your brand and help customers identify your beer — it should also be airtight in securing and defending your products or brand. It’s important to start by choosing a strong trademark that not only offers greater protectability (and lessens risk of…

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How to select the right trademark for your brand and beer

Deciding on a name that requires a trademark can be one of the most exciting parts about starting your own beer company or brewery. However, your trademark should not only represent your brand and help customers identify your products — it should also be secure in defending your property. It’s important to start by choosing a strong trademark that not only offers greater protectability (and…

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How do I know if I need a trademark lawyer?

The short answer for anyone wondering if they need a trademark lawyer is this: if you’re wondering, you probably do. But how, exactly, does one know they need a trademark lawyer — and what are some of the benefits? It’s important that you protect your brand. Whether you have a new product, service, or an entirely new company, it’s important to establish and protect your identity. After all, it’s…

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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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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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Music in the Taproom

So…you own a brewery and want to play music in your taproom. Maybe it’s live concerts with local bands. Maybe you just want the ambiance of having something on in the background day to day. To liberally paraphrase Lesley Gore’s 1963 hit, “It’s my taproom and I’ll jam if I want to!” Unfortunately, this is not a “just press play” situation, so before you start up It’s My Party for your customers,…

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