Brewer’s Blog

Distribution Contracts for Breweries in New York

May 19th, 2017 • by Brendan Palfreyman

A critical step in the growth of a brewery is the decision whether and when to start distributing.  Some breweries engage a distributor right out the gate whereas some will remain on premises and self-distribute for life, and there is a definite trend towards the latter.  It is imperative that before you enter into in […]

New York State Paid Family Leave – What You Need to Know

May 10th, 2017 • by Matt Rowsell

What is the Law? On April 4, 2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation enacting the NYS Paid Family Leave Act. Effective January 1, 2018, this law will officially go into effect. The Paid Family Leave Act, or  “PFLA”, will give all employees in New York the right to take a leave of absence in the […]

Legal Checklist for Starting a Brewery in New York – UPDATED

May 4th, 2017 • by Brendan Palfreyman

Do you have a brewery in planning or are you thinking about starting your own brewery in New York?  Congratulations!  Below is a legal to do list in chronological order for you to consider as you begin the process.  It is not an exhaustive list but it covers everything from trademarks, to commercial leases, to […]

Brewer Event: Beer Quality Summit – Free

• by Paul Leone

Rheonix is once again hosting a free seminar for New York State brewers to learn more about the SpoilerAlert™ Assay. The assay is a molecular diagnostics test which determines the presence of beer spoilage organisms. They will even test samples live at the seminar for samples submitted by May 16. Food and beverages will be served. Date: […]

Managing your risks as your brewery grows

April 17th, 2017 • by Rob Dettman

Almost everyone who gets involved in the brewing industry dreams of growing their business and their brand. However, with growth come additional risk that need to be managed. Below are some items to address with your insurance broker if you are in the process of growing or changing aspects of your operations; Increasing property coverage […]

Coolships in New York

March 31st, 2017 • 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 […]

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

By Kate Smith, Loan Officer at Live Oak Bank 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 […]

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

March 11th, 2017 • by Paul Leone

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 […]

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