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TTB Licenses and Regulations: How a Craft Brewery Lawyer Can Help

Craft brewers applying for a permit/license or other approval from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (“TTB”) can minimize delays, complication and confusion by working closely with a...more

Causing a Brouhaha: Trade Secrets Disputes in the Craft Beer Industry

In recent years, the craft beer craze has taken ahold of the country and has resulted in an explosion of new microbreweries and enthusiasts. Several websites, like BeerSmith, allow users to share recipes with others; other...more

BoozeLaw: Automated Service of Beer and Wine Available to Michigan Licensees

Fifty years in the future, historians will likely consider this decade (incidentally, there should be a more a creative moniker for this period than the "20-10s" or "10s") as the advent of true automation. Following...more

Craft Breweries Settle Beer Trademark Dispute

This month, Orange County-based Bootlegger’s Brewery, LLC (“Bootlegger’s”) settled its beer trademark dispute and federal lawsuit with Louisiana’s Abita Brewing Company, Inc. (“Abita”). How can a craft brewery protect...more

Pa.L.C.B. Opinion Allows Brewery Storage Locations to Sell Wine and Spirits and More

With the passage of Act 166 of 2016, which went into effect Tuesday, and Act 39 of 2016, G license holders may now sell beer and cider produced by other Pennsylvania breweries, wine produced by Pennsylvania limited wineries,...more

“Pardon Me, PORTON,” says PATRON, “But We Heard You”

Pisco is a light-colored brandy traditionally produced in portions of Peru and Chile.  One brand that offers this product in the United States is PISCO PORTÓN (the later word meaning “gate” in Spanish)....more

Another Round! – Second Set of Changes to Liquor Code Take Effect on January 16, 2017

Although short of complete liquor privatization in Pennsylvania, 2016 saw some of the most significant changes to the Commonwealth’s liquor laws in decades. In June of 2016, House Bill 1690 went from a bill that was dead in...more

Boozelaw: TTB Adopts Changes Designed to Benefit Startup Brewers, Winemakers and Distillers

For certain brewers, wine makers and distillers, the gift-giving season did not necessarily end in December. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) recently announced it has adopted changes that may impact the tax...more

DC Council Passes Amendments to Alcohol Beverage Code

In early December 2016, the Council of the District of Columbia (the Council) unanimously passed the Omnibus Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Amendment Act of 2016 (the Act). The Act amends a number of provisions of DC’s alcohol...more

Craft brewery startups: Early stage IP considerations

By all accounts, as we head into 2017, the craft beer industry will continue to experience tremendous growth. This is due to primarily to increasing consumer demand. Also, favorable legislation in some states should help fuel...more

The Planogram – The Future of Bad Beer

The recent rush of brewery mergers follows a much longer trend of consolidation of the wholesale tier. State beer franchise laws, like ones in Pennsylvania, promote these wholesale consolidations, but that’s another story...more

Pennsylvania Tap Marker Requirements Pulled Under Act 166

Pennsylvania’s onerous liquor laws continue to modernize under new enactments. Previously, each brand of beer on tap had to have its own branded tap marker as a part of its draught system. Many breweries and restaurants had...more

Boston Brewpub Hopsters Raises Fastest Reg CF Crowdfunding Ever

A brew pub—Hopsters Brewery—has raised more than $600,000 in what industry insiders are calling the "fastest crowdfund offering ever." The Boston-area brew pub and eatery used the WeFunders platform to raise funds in...more

What You Need to Know Before Considering Selling Your Craft Brewery to a Macrobrewer or a Private Equity Firm

Recently, there have been a number of sales of well-known and well-respected craft breweries to the major beer producers. In addition, there have been a smaller number of sales of craft breweries to private equity investors....more

3 Biggest Workplace Law Concerns For Breweries And Brewpubs

As virtually all startups and small businesses know, one of the surest ways to kill a promising enterprise is to get involved in costly litigation. Breweries and brewpubs are no exception. The current rise in employment...more

Port Jervis, NY Sued by DOJ; Settles Two Days Later

The City of Port Jervis, New York has agreed to settle a federal lawsuit filed by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) alleging that the City’s revision to its zoning code violated the Religious Land Use &...more

Has Pennsylvania’s New Liquor Legislation Made Brew Pub Licenses Obsolete?

Until recently, Pennsylvania breweries have been able to open up a world of possibilities by obtaining a GP-license to operate a brew pub at their brewery premises. The new legislation, however, has changed the situation. ...more

The TTB Eliminates Bond Requirement for Smaller Breweries, Distilleries and Wineries

On November 7, 2016, the TTB released a “TTB Public Guidance” relating to the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “Act”), which changed the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 regarding excise tax due dates and...more

Not So Consumer Friendly? Pa.L.C.B. Says No Discount for Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries When Purchasing Wine or Spirits...

Recently, the Pa.L.C.B. released a legal advisory opinion regarding a brewery, winery or distillery’s ability to purchase and sell the products from limited wineries and limited distilleries that are carried in the state...more

Pennsylvania Poised for Round Two of Liquor Reforms

Both the Senate and House have passed House Bill 1196 and, based on indications from the Governor, he is expected to sign the bill into law. HB 1196 marks another round of sweeping liquor law reforms that will bring...more

Corporate E-Note - October 2016

On November 30, 2016, Burr's Women in Business is sponsoring a panel discussion on "Cybersecurity: Are You At Risk?" at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center in Spanish Fort, Alabama. The panelists include Ed Castile, Deputy...more

House and Senate Pass HB-1196 – More Than Just a Fix-It Bill to Act 39

Late last night, the House and Senate passed 1196, touted as a fix-it bill to Act 39 which was the largest single piece of Liquor Code reform since Prohibition. As I have detailed in many releases, Act 39 provided many new...more

On the Cusp of Another Round of Alcohol Changes in Pennsylvania

After a busy few months following the first major overhaul of Pennsylvania's Liquor Code since the end of Prohibition, the state is poised to extend its streak of liquor reform. With the passage of House Bill 1196 by both the...more

When the TTB says no but the Pa.L.C.B. says yes: When do you need a COLA for off-premises growler sales?

Simply put, if you are a Pennsylvania brewery and looking to sell your products in growlers or crowlers for off-premises consumption, the answer to the question posed above is ALWAYS! Recently, we have been approached by...more

Four T’s at Four: What Breweries Need to Know About Their IP Before They Consider an Exit

“Forties at 4” was a time-honored Friday tradition among my engineering classmates in college. After our last class, several of them would purchase Miller (if we could find it in a 40 oz) or Old English or some other malt...more

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