Brewer’s Blog

Why Your Brewery Shouldn’t Make CBD-Infused Beer

August 20th, 2019 • by Chip Grieco

“Hemp” was exempted from the definition of marijuana in the federal 2018 Farm Bill. Since then, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has received inquiries on whether breweries can produce alcoholic beverages containing hemp-derived ingredients, including cannabidiol (CBD). Hemp is now legal under state and federal law, but the TTB has determined […]

Protecting Your Brewery From SLA Underage Violations

July 24th, 2019 • by Rob Dettman

The SLA recently conducted a sting operation for underage drinking and a few breweries were cited with violations. The violations are often accompanied with fines from $10,000 to $30,000 and can result in the loss of your liquor license for repeat offenses. Of the six breweries visited by the SLA, all were considered in violation […]

Clearing up confusion about Brewery Workers’ Comp premiums

June 10th, 2019 • by Scott Newburge

“What are these rates and where do they actually come from?” is a common question we hear when going through the initial quote process for a start-up brewery. Even our established brewery clients ask this question a year, or two, or three in because let’s face it, your job is to make phenomenal brews not […]

Put Your Beer To Good Use With Google My Business

May 30th, 2019 • by Devon Hoffman

You’ve spent years perfecting your beers and ciders. You know as well as anyone: good beer shouldn’t be wasted! If you aren’t claiming and maintaining your Google My Business page, you’re pretty much dumping your beer down the drain, along with potential profits. Like it or not, not everyone in your area knows about your […]

Make Your Craft Beer Packaging Stand Out

May 1st, 2019 • by Lexy Eickelman

It’s Time to Stand Out to Draw Consumers In Fun (yet not-so-fun) fact: There are more than 6,500 breweries in operation across the United States. With that much competition, how in the world are you supposed to stand out? Sure, aficionados of one brew type over another will know the playing field of their respective […]

Top 5 ADA Action Items for Brewery Websites

April 20th, 2019 • by Parihan (Perry) Rahman-Porras

2018 saw a record number of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuits filed against restaurants, wineries and breweries. Although businesses have long been aware of how ADA affects their brick and mortar locations, they are largely unaware that this law also applies to their websites. Digital accessibility is the ability of a website, mobile application […]

Global NY Loan Fund to Help Alcoholic Beverage Industry

April 18th, 2019 • by Paul Leone

Global NY Loan Fund – Distilled and Fermented Beverage Initiative – $5 million Through the Distilled and Fermented Beverage Initiative, ESD will provide zero percent interest loans in principal amounts between $10,000 to $50,000, with terms of up to seven years, directly to New York State’s small and medium-sized companies in either the distilled or […]

How do Mead and Braggot Rules Affect Other Markets?

April 15th, 2019 • by Michelle R. Billington

Part 3 of 3 in a Series about Mead & Braggot. Part 1: MEAD AND BRAGGOT: NEW LICENSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR NY BREWERIES Part 2:MEAD AND BRAGGOT: WHAT COULD BREWERS MAKE AND SELL UNDER THE NEW LICENSING PROVISIONS? The new ABCL provisions covering mead and braggot include changes to the requirements for retail licensees that will […]

Protecting Your Brewery Brand

April 12th, 2019 • by Martin Ricciardi

Crafting Your Business: Post 4 of 4 in the Series from the NYS Craft Beverages Handbook If you are a brewery owner grappling with brand names for a brewery, a brew pub or products, uncertainty over whether your chosen names are available for your intended uses will undoubtedly cause some anxiety.  We often hear from […]

Mead and Braggot: What Could Brewers Make and Sell Under the New Licensing Provisions?

April 7th, 2019 • by Michelle R. Billington

Part 2 of 3 in a Series about Mead & Braggot. The new “mead producers’ license” and “farm meadery license” both authorize the licensee to manufacture and sell mead and braggot. Specifically, the mead producers’ license will allow the licensee to produce mead and braggot on its licensed premises for sale in bottles, barrels, or […]