Top 10 Legal Pitfalls for Small Breweries & Wineries


Live Broadcast on January 30, 2017

The production and sale of alcoholic beverages is a highly regulated industry, and the number of small breweries and wineries in the United States has increased dramatically over the past decade. The alcohol regulatory landscape can be daunting, and it is easy for business owners new to the alcoholic beverage industry to land their brewery or winery in a heap of regulatory trouble. This presentation will address the top ten most common legal pitfalls that can sink a small brewery or winery. The seminar will include advice for some commonly-covered issues affecting breweries and wineries, such as franchise laws and trademark disputes, but will also include guidance on issues that receive less attention, such as tied house prohibitions and working with third party providers. Additionally, the discussion will address the restrictions on marketing beer and wine, which vary greatly from state to state. Finally, this CLE will discuss some of the less exciting (although absolutely necessary) aspects of alcoholic beverage law, such as licensing and yes, you guessed it, paperwork.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • Rules for Marketing Beer & Wine
  • Franchise Laws and Distributor Relationships
  • Interacting with Retailers
  • Trademark Best Practices
  • Beer & Wine Festivals
  • Working with Third Party Providers
  • Navigating Tied House Prohibitions
  • Direct to Consumer Interstate Shipment of Beer & Wine

Date / Time: January 30, 2017

  • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Eastern
  • 9:00 am – 11:00 am Central
  • 8:00 am – 10:00 am Mountain
  • 7:00 am – 9:00 am Pacific

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laura-collierLaura Collier is an attorney at Strike & Techel, a specialty law firm that practices exclusively in the field of alcohol beverage law. Strike & Techel represents domestic and international wineries, breweries, distillers, importers and retailers, as well as service providers to those industry members, in all facets of the alcohol business. Strike & Techel is based in San Francisco, California, and Laura works in the firm’s Raleigh, North Carolina office. Laura is a 2003 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a 2007 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. Laura is a longtime member of the beverage industry, including experience working in wine & beer retail, wine distribution, and restaurants. Laura has experienced the challenges facing alcohol businesses firsthand, and she enjoys using her practical industry experience to help businesses with their legal needs.

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