Brewer’s Blog

BEER TRADEMARK DISPUTES: CRAFTING THE RIGHT APPROACH

October 1st, 2018 • by Bob English

When two breweries choose trademarks that may conflict, it is best for them to communicate early to avoid the costs of making changes in cans, labels, packaging, promotional materials, advertisements and loss of goodwill.  Further, they both will want to limit the expense of engaging lawyers to deal with the dispute. Changing the Mark If […]

SELECTING THE RIGHT BUSINESS ENTITY FOR YOUR BREWERY

September 21st, 2018 • by Bob English

What type of entity should you and your partner(s) use for your start-up brewery: a partnership, corporation or limited liability company (LLC)?  Here are some general considerations to tailor to your own circumstances. Entity.  A partnership is usually not an option as it would not limit your personal exposure to creditors and claims. An LLC […]

What Breweries Need To Know About Trademarks

September 16th, 2018 • by Bob English

Even though simply using your trademark automatically establishes your rights in the geographic area where you use it or may naturally expand, you can obtain valuable additional rights by applying to register the mark in the U.S. Patent and Trademark (USPTO). The financial and other benefits of registering your beer trademarks can be significantly greater […]

Does Your Brewery Comply with the New NYS Sexual Harassment Policy?

September 11th, 2018 • by Chip Grieco

As part of the 2019 State Budget that the New York State Legislature passed and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law, there is significant new sexual harassment legislation that affects all employers in New York State. In light of this legislation and the increasing focus on the issue of workplace sexual harassment, it is imperative […]

Why Breweries Need Employee Handbooks.

September 6th, 2018 • by Randall Beach

As a craft brewer, your focus is on making the best beer possible. However, being a craft brewer means you are also a small business owner. That fact means that you also have to focus on managing a successful business. As your brewery grows, your business grows. This growth inevitably leads to hiring employees. Being […]

Will Local Farm Brewery Laws Impact Your Brewery?

July 7th, 2018 • by Jennifer Tsyn

Some municipalities in New York State have passed, or are considering, local laws that will require farm breweries, farm wineries or farm distilleries to operate in a particular way. Some towns may require the farm brewery or farm winery to dedicate a certain percentage of land to growing crops, over and above the land they’ve […]

3 Tips To Run a More Profitable Brewery

July 3rd, 2018 • by Seth Steinman

Breweries are everywhere these days and that’s because the industry is booming in a way that others simply aren’t. As the Atlantic has put it, “between 2008 and 2016, the number of brewery establishments expanded by a factor of six, and the number of brewery workers grew by 120 percent,” while other industries have been […]

Has your brewery insurance been “Frankensteined”?

June 21st, 2018 • by Mike Petrozzella

It’s an exciting time, after dreaming about it for years and pre-planning, you’re finally going to open that brewery you’ve been wanting.  Then the fun begins and money starts going out.  You’re now dealing with lawyers, landlords, brewery licensing and equipment, TTB, and insurance… fun fun fun. You ask some colleagues who they use for this […]

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 […]