Coolships in New York

March 31st, 2017 • by Brendan Palfreyman

Coolships in New York

• by Brendan Palfreyman

While by trade I’m a lawyer and most of my articles for the New York State Brewers Association relate to legal issues for craft brewers, from time to time I like to just write about aspects of the craft beer industry I love. Well over two years ago I wrote an article for the New […]

FDA Labeling Update for Craft Beer

March 21st, 2017 • by Paul Leone

From Paul Gatza Here is where we are: –FDA enforcement in chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments starts in May. –The Brewers Association and FDA reached alignment in January that FDA would like to have brand-specific values for calories and carbohydrates. The nine lesser nutrients (total fat, calories from fat, saturated fat, trans fat, […]

Craft Beverage Labeling & Packaging That Work

March 20th, 2017 • by Chris Coughlan

When a customer walks into a store looking for beer, how do they decide what they want? If they don’t already have a specific beer in mind what triggers their senses to pick up yours? Is it the beer style? The color palette? The name? The truth is that every beer drinker has their own […]

5 Reasons to Write a Brewery Business Plan

March 15th, 2017 • by Kate Smith

Whether you are planning to start or expand your craft brewery, your first step is to develop a sound business plan. Indeed, any business project that requires a considerable financial investment and is expected to return a profit should generate a business plan before a single dime is spent. Why? Because the business plan is […]

Understanding the Three-Tier System: Its Impacts on U.S. Craft Beer and You

March 11th, 2017 • by Marc Sorini

Understanding the U.S. market for alcohol beverages, including beer, requires an understanding of the three-tier system. Whether viewed with deep reverence or great scorn, it is a system of distribution that delivers the vast majority of beer to the mouths of thirsty American drinkers. Let’s take a few moments to understand that system a little […]

Beer Trademarks – Office Actions, Opposition, and Cancellation

March 1st, 2017 • by Brendan Palfreyman

After you file a trademark application for your brewery name or a beer name there are a couple different paths the application could take, not all of them good. This article will focus on some of those paths. Office Action/Letter of Suspension Applications frequently receive what are known as Office Actions.  An Office Action, in […]