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Breweries, Breweries, Everywhere!

by Bowditch & Dewey on

It’s not your imagination, breweries really are popping up everywhere. In December of 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released a “Spotlight on Statistics” for the brewing industry. Titled “Industry on Tap:...more

TTB Gives Initial Guidance on Excise Tax Cuts

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has set up a Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform website to provide industry members more information on how the TTB will implement portions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs...more

Going “Medieval” on Trademark Enforcement

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Who says trademark disputes can’t be fun? Well, plenty of people, but that’s beside the point. Anheuser Busch InBev recently showed that a serious legal message can be delivered in a humorous form....more

Cheers to Lifting Blue Laws on Pub Brewers

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Separation of church and state? Not so much when it comes to some liquor laws. For centuries, the so-called “blue laws” have placed restrictions on the sale of alcohol in Massachusetts. To be clear, the U.S. Supreme Court...more

Toasting Tax Reform’s Impact on Brewers, Vintners, Distillers and Distributors

by Burr & Forman on

In addition to the more publicized portions of the recent tax legislation, certain provisions also positively impact your favorite local craft brew, regional small batch wine or even a locally distilled alcoholic beverage....more

How Can a Happy Hour Get Better? Unlimited Happy Hours for Pennsylvania Breweries, Distilleries and Wineries

In addition to a happy New Year, there is about to be an unlimited amount of “happy” at many Pennsylvania alcohol manufacturers! Recently, the Pa.L.C.B. released a Legal Advisory Opinion addressing several questions on...more

It's Official: Brewers Will Pay Less Tax in 2018. Now What?

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

On December 22, 2017, the President signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which reduces the federal excise tax on brewers for years 2018, 2019, and 2020. A detailed description of how the new law reduces brewers' excise...more

Making Craft Beer and Spirits Great Again

On Friday, December 22, just in time for Christmas, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Job Acts (TCJA). Although many have been quick to criticize the new tax plan, craft brewers and distillers have something to...more

Texas Court Affirms Constitutionality of Statute Prohibiting Brewers from Selling Distribution Rights to Their Products

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Texas craft beer distributors received an early Christmas present in 2017. On December 15, 2017, the Texas Court of Appeals for the Third District, at Austin issued an opinion in Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission v. Live...more

To Cease and Desist Letters—Dilly Dilly

Taking a unique spin on a standard legal document, Bud Light recently sent a medieval town crier to deliver a cease and desist letter to Modist, a Minnesota brewery....more

Congress Overhauls Excise Taxes for Alcohol Producers

Brewers, vintners and distillers across the country raised their glasses as Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and, with it, the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2017. The Craft Beverage Tax Reform...more

Distillations: Good Water, Bad Blood

by Fish & Richardson on

A recent trademark infringement case filed in federal court in Vermont illustrates the importance of thorough trademark searching and risk assessment, even for businesses with relatively local operations. Good Water...more

Excise Tax Relief for Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The new tax law formerly referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, provides a temporary reduction in alcohol beverage excise taxes for US brewers, winemakers, distillers and beverage importers. Temporary tax relief is...more

Trademark Enforcement in the Social Media Age

Attorneys in general, and trademark attorneys in particular, have a reputation for heavy handedness. The traditional weapon of choice for these legal pugilist has been, and continues to be, ye olde cease and desist letter. A...more

Cheers! Brewers Will Have Reason to Toast if Proposed Tax Changes Become Law

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Much press has been given to recent efforts in Congress to reform the federal tax code. The House and the Senate have each proposed their own bills to amend the tax laws, and congressional leaders are fervently trying to...more

Beer Brand Battles: David Takes on City Hall (with Goliath on the sidelines)

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

The City of Portland is known as a hub for craft beer, and its local government couldn’t be prouder. The Travel Portland website proudly proclaims that Portland is “home to more breweries than any other city on earth.” Yet...more

The Reform On Tap Act of 2018…Making Maryland Craft Brewing Great Again!

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

After listening to Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot’s press conference on November 20, 2017, at which he unveiled his newly proposed legislation, entitled “The Reform On Tap Act of 2018”, it seemed clear that the theme of...more

Wastewater Disposal for Craft Brewers

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Last month, a local brewery was informed by the Water & Sewer Commission in its town that its wastewater contained more pollutants than was originally anticipated. Then last week, news broke that the brewery and the...more

Tasting Notes: When Alcohol Goods and Services Descriptions Matter

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

On December 11, I will be presenting a CLE on Brewery and Distillery Law, discussing trademark issues affecting breweries and distilleries. One of the topics that I’ll spend some time on during that presentation – and one...more

New PA Driver’s Licenses and Photo ID Cards

Earlier this year, PennDOT began issuing new format PA driver’s licenses and photo ID cards. The newly-designed cards will be phased in over a four-year renewal cycle until all licenses and photo IDs issued are in the new...more

“Chairman’s Mark” Includes CBMTRA Provisions to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

by McDermott Will & Emery on

America’s brewers, distillers and wineries cannot yet raise a glass to recalibrated federal excise taxes, but they got one step closer to be able to do that on Tuesday. That is because the provisions of the Craft Beverage...more

10 Steps to Brewery Start-Up: A Step-by-Step Guide to Start-Up A Brewery In Maryland – Step 2 Forming A Business Entity

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In this ten-part blog series, I will explore the ten steps that you should take to start-up a brewery of your own in Maryland. If you follow these ten simple steps, you will be able to start-up with a great foundation for...more

How Can a Brewery Produce Hard Cider? – Part 2: COLAs, Standards of Fill and Pa.L.C.B. Brand Registration

Hard cider (or alcoholic cider as it is commonly called) has been around for centuries, especially in Pennsylvania. Being home to many apple orchards, Pennsylvania is starting to see numerous cideries (like a brewery, but for...more

But We Had A Deal: Consent Agreement Cannot Overcome Likelihood Of Confusion Finding

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Order Affirming Refusal of Registration, In re 8-Brewing LLC, T.T.A.B. (October 30, 2017) - Trademark applicants know the familiar sinking feeling when their clearance search turns up a potentially conflicting mark...more

Brewery Keg Purchases Exempt from Sales Tax

On October 30, 2017, Act 43 of 2017 (“Act”), which was introduced to the House Committee on Finance on February 17, 2017, was signed into law by Governor Wolf. The Act is effective immediately and has many changes to the...more

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