Beer Law Services
Creative imagery and catchy names are essential for craft brewers. Branding your brewery and your beers is important for your business. But before you release anything into the wild, do your homework. Make sure no one else is already using a name or logo like yours and then be smart about protecting it. Same goes for your packaging. Don’t copy someone else! It’s the highest form of flattery, sure, but it’s also the fastest way to get sued. The attorneys at Beer Law HQ will conduct a thorough search of your mark, advise you in making the best choices going forward, and file your registration. Registering will help you avoid costly infringement disputes and to give you far better positioning if a dispute does arise. Already in hot wort? Our sharp and creative litigation team will help you reach a cool outcome without breaking the bank.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will coming knocking on your door eventually. That’s not fear-mongering, that’s a fact. With OSHA stepping up brewery inspections over the past few years, you need to have your processes and safety procedures dialed in. OSHA considers breweries a high-hazardous industry. Regardless of size, significant hazards are generally lurking through the entire brewing process. Breweries rely on moving machinery, piping hot liquids, gauge-monitored pressurized tanks, fork-lifts buzzing around, caustic chemicals, and wet travel ways and floors. Brewing beer presents safety risks that, if left unchecked, can pose serious dangers. Breweries—especially small breweries, which receive nearly four times the number of OSHA safety violations as larger breweries—should create and follow an ever-evolving safety management plan. We can help you create that plan. If you have already gotten a citation, we can interact with OSHA to resolve the issue with minimal impact to your operation.
Mergers and acquisitions are part of every type of business. You won’t be brewing forever, after all. What will you do with the operation when you are ready to retire or start something new? Will your buyer be an employee or a competitor? Are you set up to be acquired by a collective or a conglomerate? How will you value your assets? Have you included your intellectual property in the valuation? If you are the buyer, you also need to be concerned with transferring licenses, latent liabilities, the condition of existing stock, TTB records, etc. Knowing what the right due diligence looks like could save you some headaches and just plain old get you a better deal.