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Financing in the Craft Brewing Industry

Many home brewers dream of someday selling their production on a larger scale. A brewery is an extremely capital intensive business. Unless one is lucky enough to have a large personal fortune, the hopeful brewer will...more

Legislative Compromise in Georgia

The Georgia Brewer’s Guild was prepared to introduce a significant piece of legislation this year that would have opened up a number of opportunities for craft breweries in Georgia. As of yesterday, that legislation will not...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: January 2016

Key Issues Facing Food Retailers - Compliance and Cybersecurity: Consero Group surveyed the general counsel of Fortune 1,000 companies in June 2015 and learned that 60 percent still lack the proper preparation for a...more

Early Southeastern Legislative Activity

Many state legislatures are getting into gear for the 2016 legislative session and regulatory reform around the alcohol manufacturing industry is sure to be a hot issue for many states in 2016. Two bills have already popped...more

Illinois Nuns Sue Over Brewery/Nursing Home Denial

Fraternite Notre Dame, Inc. is suing the County of McHenry, Illinois, over the County’s denial of a petition to amend a conditional use permit. Notre Dame’s mission includes various charitable activities, such as a daily...more

Georgia Legislative Session preview

Dentons’ State Government Affairs team examines a battery of local third-rail issues on tap when the Georgia General Assembly convenes January 11. We look at expanded rail service in Atlanta, balancing religious freedom,...more

[Webinar] Beer & Wine Branding: Eight Things Almost No One Will Tell You - January 13th, 2:00pm EST

Winemakers and brewers have an instinctive grasp on the importance of establishing a strong brand identity, and many articles, blogs and websites offer advice on the subject. But almost none of these sources touch on eight...more

TTB Publishes List of Exempt Ingredients

On December 17, 2015, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) published Ruling 2015-1. It re-states and supersedes Ruling 2014-4, notably by adding more than 50 new ingredients that a brewer can use in beer without...more

TTAB Makes Double Brown Ale Open to Nut Sack Mark

In a ruling bound to please 15 year-old boys everywhere, the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) reversed the Examining Attorney’s refusal to register the trademark NUT SACK DOUBLE BROWN ALE (in standard character...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: October 2015

Labor and Employment - Plaintiff Wage and Hour Lawsuits Continue to Climb - Wage and hour litigation has become what some call the new "workplace revolution." Data from the Federal Judicial Center indicates that...more

SABMiller Accepts $104 billion Offer from AB InBev

SABMiller has accepted a takeover proposal from Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer, in a deal that would include cash and stock worth 68 billion pounds ($104.4 billion). The new conglomerate would brew more than...more

Handmade, Craft, and Imported: Alcohol Beverage Makers Battle False Labeling & Advertising Claims

In the past couple years, there have been several consumer class action lawsuits filed against alcohol beverage makers claiming that their labels or marketing campaigns are false or misleading. Several lawsuits have been...more

Update on New Orleans Zoning Ordinance

The new City of New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (“CZO”) became effective on August 12, 2015, but various interested parties have already begun the process of amending this newly-adopted ordinance. Last Thursday,...more

Prepare Your Brewery or Distillery to Raise Money

Raising capital can be very exciting, but it can also create a great deal of uncertainty and anxiety. Before you approach a bank, an individual investor, or a more institutional equity investor, be aware that these people...more

Winter Park Distilling Company Brews One-of-a-Kind Facility in Winter Park

Exciting things are happening with our client Winter Park Distilling Company which recently announced expansion plans of its new “Brewstillery” facility which will combine a craft distillery, brewery, taproom and retail...more

Constitutional Right to Sell Beer?

Texas, like many states, has a patchwork of complicated, and often inconsistent, alcohol regulatory laws. A few years ago, Texas craft breweries were authorized to sell products to visitors for on-premises consumption. So, if...more

Mega Merger Looming for the Beer Industry

The latest wave in the ever-changing and often turbulent waters of the beer industry is the potential merger of SABMiller with Anheuser-Busch InBev. This potential combination would create a brewery with nine of the world’s...more

Take a Bite Out of Taxation: The Core Issues of the CIDER Act

Interest in, and consumption of, hard cider is on an upswing in the United States. The hard cider market grew by 71 percent in 2014 with total cider sales jumping from just $78 million in 2011 to $470 million for the 52 weeks...more

Transaction Trend Advisory: U.S. Craft Brewery Joint Ventures with Foreign Breweries

The recently announced transaction between Lagunitas Brewing Company and Heineken N.V. marks the third transaction over the last ten months between a major U.S. craft brewery and a large foreign brewery. The prior two...more

Transaction Trend Advisory: U.S. Craft Brewery Joint Ventures with Foreign Breweries

The recently announced transaction between Lagunitas Brewing Company and Heineken N.V. marks the third transaction over the last ten months between a major U.S. craft brewery and a large foreign brewery. The prior two...more

New Jersey Further Embracing Craft

The New Jersey Legislature is considering a bipartisan measure that would allow microbreweries to sell their products at local farmers’ market, permit microbrewery visitors to enjoy local food on-site, and allow brewpubs to...more

Craft Beer Industry Update: M&A ESOPs and Liquidity Transactions over the past 12 Months

Craft beer is at a turning point in the history of the industry. Craft beer has grown dramatically (about 20% in 2014) during a time when overall beer consumption has increased only 0.5%.1 This has changed everything -- from...more

Hey, That’s My Beer! I Think…

In the bustling craft brew economy brewers are faced with new issues every day. One that recently came to my attention arises when the craft brewery’s brewmaster or head brewer decides to either start his own craft brewery,...more

Join the Political Process

The legal, regulatory, and policy landscape of the alcohol manufacturing industry is changing on a daily basis. As the owner of a brewery or distillery, it is critically important to not only stay abreast of these changes,...more

Distribution Basics

The process of distribution is critically important to craft breweries; but, it is commonly misunderstood in relation to the overall operational success of a brewery. A common misconception by those entering the craft beer...more

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