Brewer’s Blog

Risk management, are you prepared?

September 20th, 2017 • by Scott Newburge

Whether you’re building your first brewery, expanding your existing operations or just keep trucking in your current facility, you likely encounter questions you don’t always have the answers to.  Whether you realize it or not, many of them probably pertain to risk management and controlling your losses. If you’re in the planning and building phase, […]

And the Winners Are…

August 3rd, 2017 • by Paul Leone

New York Craft Beer Competition and Governor’s Excelsior Cup Results

New York Craft Beer Competition and Governor’s Excelsior Cup Results

August 2nd, 2017 • by Paul Leone

In its 1st year, the 2017 New York State Craft Beer competition awarded 63 medals to some of the best craft beers in New York State, plus awarded the 1st ever Governor’s Excelsior Cup to the brewery who was voted to have the best beer in the State. Overview: New York State Craft Beer Competition The […]

Decreasing Water Usage to Make Great Beer

July 17th, 2017 • by Jason Fox

As the Craft Beer Revolution doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon, another revolution in beer has been brewing—a revolution that matters much more than the latest grapefruit-infused IPA or irreverently catchy brand name. Beer aficionados love choice. But when it comes to water usage, less is most definitely more. You don’t need to […]

5 Ways Breweries Can Save Time and Improve Marketing

July 13th, 2017 • by Chris Coughlan

Many brewery marketers know that creating quality marketing content will help your brand to stand out. The next question becomes, where do I get the time to focus on my content marketing? I already have to focus on brewing my beer, running the taproom, and coordinating events. Rather than fret about all the extra hours […]

Reducing Brewery Exposure Through Risk Transfer

July 10th, 2017 • by Matt Rowsell

In 1624, English Poet John Donne was credited with the phrase, “No Man is an Island.” In 2017, this could easily be adapted to say “No Brewery Is an Island.” All breweries work with numerous outside entities that range from your typical business exposures such as landlords, vendors and distributors to industry unique risks like […]

Legal Requirements for Beer with Fruit, Spices and other Specialty Ingredients

June 27th, 2017 • by Jennifer Tsyn

With the warmer weather, many breweries may be producing, or considering producing, seasonal beers with flavors such as cherry or other fruits.  As fall approaches, beers with pumpkin, apples, and spices are likely to be more popular.  Studies have shown that the percentage of new beers hitting the market that are of the flavored variety […]

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 […]