Brewer’s Blog

How Brewery Owners Can Limit Liability Via Leasing

June 11th, 2018 • by Randall Beach

A new craft brewery recently asked whether or not they should have a lease in place for their brewery premises. The brewery was located on the same parcel of land as their residence. The answer – absolutely. Their next question was whether they, as owners of the residence, should lease to the brewery or whether […]

Grants, Awards, Funding, and Low Interest Loans for NY Breweries

May 24th, 2018 • by Brendan Palfreyman

By Jamie Ruiz and Brendan Palfreyman It is a great time to be in the craft beverage industry in New York State. Through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA), craft breweries can apply to multiple sources of funding via one application to the local Regional Economic Development Council (REDC). Eleven state agencies have made funding available through […]

Selecting a Protectable Brewery or Beer Trademark with Appeal

May 14th, 2018 • by Bob English

When you select your brewery name or your beer trademark, keep in mind two principles:  (1) choose a mark that is legally strong, and (2) choose a mark that is not confusingly similar with someone else’s existing name or mark. Strength Of course, you want to select a term that is appealing to customers.  It […]

Working on Kegs and Keeping it Safe!

April 25th, 2018 • by Steve Bradt

I travel the Eastern US working with brewers who use kegs as part of their packaging mix. As a “recovering” craft brewer I came into this position painfully aware of how little most of us know about that ultimate beer can that we love so much. There is a lot to say about the ways […]

Continuous Improvement for Brewery Growth

April 19th, 2018 • by Mike Tysarczyk

It’s no secret that competition continues to intensify in the craft beer industry. The keynote speakers at the NYSBA’s conference in Albany this past March laid it out clearly. More breweries are vying for market share even as growth slows. Consumers that once chose beer now often order wine or spirits. Which breweries will win […]

You are invited: Think NY, Drink NY!

April 11th, 2018 • by Paul Leone

Thanks to Amoretti and Pratt Industries, NYSBA is once again hosting the Think NY, Drink NY party at the national Craft Brewers Conference. Where: The Valentine, 312 Broadway, Nashville When: Wednesday, May 2 Time: 5:00 – 7:00 PM  ** Space is limited. Wristbands are required for entry and can be picked up from one of the […]

Free Webinar: Tax Reform Implications for Craft Beverage Producers

April 4th, 2018 • by Paul Leone

Live Oak Bank is committed to providing free educational content for NYSBA members. In the free tax webinar the recent changes to the Tax Reform Act and tax incentives for brewery owners are discussed. The webinar is on demand. You can listen any time and submit questions. The recent changes to the U.S. tax code have provided […]

Beer Bottling Workshop @ Fleur De Lis

March 23rd, 2018 • by Paul Leone

Free Workshop for Craft Brewers Presented by DK Advanced Technologies When: Tuesday, April 3, 2018  |  11am—1pm OR 5pm—7pm Where: Fleur De Lis Brew House | 3630 State Rour 414 Seneca Falls RSVP: Allison Wilshere | allisonw [at] dkadvancedtechnologies [dot] com Filling and capping Setting up and adjusting counter pressure Adjustability of fill rates Bottle change-outs […]

Live Webcast: Protecting Your Brewery’s Brands with Trademarks

March 20th, 2018 • by Paul Leone

Free Webcast for Brewery Owners & Operators Friday, April 27, 2018 – 12:00-1:00 PM EDT presented by Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds  Register Now. Breweries are among the many industries that are dependent upon trademarks to protect the consumer goodwill that supports them. As with any intellectual property relating to a company’s products, the best protection for your […]

Leases for Breweries in New York

February 14th, 2018 • by Brendan Palfreyman

By Brendan Palfreyman and George Brown In New York State, a brewery-in-planning must have a location before it can even apply for its federal and state brewery licenses. A brewery-in-planning can acquire a location through a commercial lease or by actually purchasing the location, whether it is a vacant lot or a lot with an […]