Hemp Beer in North Carolina

A lot of buzz has been devoted to producing beer with hemp seeds and hemp generally. So much traction that the plethora of articles on the Internet suggest that this is a new category of beer. Actually, the first commercially available hemp-brewed beer came from Frederick Brewing Company in 1997. Recently, more breweries across the […]

Homemade Wine and Malt Beverage Events

The information for this blog post can be viewed here. This information pertains to North Carolina.   A proposed rule for homebrew products & competitions was filed with the North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings for approval. The comment period ends on November 5, 2018, and all comments can be emailed to walker.reagan@abc.nc.gov. The rule […]

Items of Value-What can a brewery give to a retailer?

*Please keep in mind that this is information is specific to North Carolina law. Contact an attorney in your state to find out specific information about this. *This information is provided by the NC Craft Brewers Guild. Read the original article here. The information for this blog is found on Brewer Advisory: Legislature Passes ABC […]

Transfer of Beer Between Breweries

*This information is taken from the TTB. The full article can be read here. Transferring Beer The TTB recently made a change in how they interpret the law. Previously, federal law allowed only breweries of the same ownership to transfer beer between them without paying tax. Now, brewers can transfer beer between breweries not of […]

To Compete or Not to Compete?

*This information is taken from ‘Restrictive Covenants in Employment Agreements by Jonathan Wall, partner with Higgins Benjamin PLLC in Greensboro, NC. This information was given as a Continuing Legal Education Class (CLE) on February 3, 2016. *This article is specific to North Carolina law. Noncompete Agreements Noncompete agreements or covenant not to compete prevent an […]

Brown Bagging in NC

*Please keep in mind that this is information is specific to North Carolina law. Contact an attorney in your state or your state’s alcohol beverage commission’s office to find out specific information about this. People use the term “brown bagging” a lot, but when it comes to alcohol it has a very specific meaning-one that […]

Fido at the Brewery?

*Please keep in mind that this is information is specific to North Carolina law. Contact an attorney in your state to find out specific information about this. A couple of weeks ago one of our clients who owns a brewery in NC informed us that the ALE was cracking down on dogs in the brewery’s […]

What You need to Know about Beer and NC (House Bill 500)

*Please keep in mind that this is information is specific to North Carolina law. Contact an attorney in your state to find out specific information about this. House Bill 500 (HB 500) from the North Carolina General Assembly has been presented to Governor Roy Cooper for his signature. The Bill contains several changes to ABC […]

Trademark and Ownership

*The information for this blog can be found at: https://www.uspto.gov/learning-and-resources/uspto-videos/trademarks/tm-newsflash-15-assignments-and-ownership-changes What happens when the ownership of your trademark changes? This is a common occurrence caused by a business changing its name, selling your business, or assigning your trademark rights to another individual and/or company. Three common types of ownership changes are (1) change in name, […]

Trademark Lingo

*Information for this blog post is provided by Lehrman Beverage Law. If you have tried to register a trademark you may have come across words like ‘generic,’ ‘descriptive,’ ‘arbitrary,’ or ‘fanciful’ just to name a few. Someone (maybe a lawyer?) might have told you to trademark a fanciful name and not a generic name. What […]

Ways to Start a Business, Enter into a Business, or Buy a Franchise

*This information is taken from the North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC). To read the entire packet, click here. *We also have a blog post on how to finance your business. Buying an Existing Business Always evaluate the business by reviewing its history and its operations. Learn the business’s marketing strategies, how […]

Financing your Business

*This information is taken from the North Carolina Rural Entrepreneurship Development System and the NC Department of Commerce Business ServiCenter. The packet is entitled “Fueling Your Business in North Carolina: A Guide to Financing for Small Businesses” and can be viewed here. How do you Plan on Financing your Business?   Many people use the […]

4 Tips on Human Resources

The information for this blog post can be viewed here. This information pertains to North Carolina.   Important tips to practice: Know the difference between an employee and an independent contractor. Always have a written agreement for independent contractors that details his or her service. Keep records of your employees. Employee records should have the […]

Business Structure

The information for this blog post can be viewed here. This information pertains to North Carolina. Some Dos & Don’ts of Businesses: Do NOT sell stock, membership interests, bonds, etc. without consulting an attorney. Stock, membership interests, bonds, etc. may be considered securities and regulated at the state and federal level. You do not want […]

Personalized Labels on Alcohol

The information for this blog can be read here. Reminder: COLA authorizes the bottling of wine, distilled spirits, and malt beverages. What if you have a wedding or a special event coming up and want to include a commemorative date or someone’s initials or name on the alcohol bottle? Believe or not special rules apply. […]

Trade Secrets

Trade Secrets The information for this blog post can be viewed here. This information pertains to North Carolina. Don’t disclose or reveal information that you want secret. Include trade secrets in non-disclosure agreements. Trade secrets are usually related to technology, such as formulas, methods, processes, or businesses with merger discussions. Trade secrets have commercial value […]

Quick Tips on Contracts

The information for this blog post can be viewed here. This information pertains to North Carolina. Below are some general tips for business contracts: Make sure all parties’ names are correct with the correct titles. Number all of the pages. Contracts should be in writing for: Transfer of land, easements, mortgages, deeds of trust, leases, […]

COLAs and Approved Labels

*The information for this blog post can be viewed here. Information viewed here also supports this blog. Once your label receives TTB approval, you can change certain items on your label without submitting a new COLA label. Any changes you make to your label must be in compliance with federal regulations. You CAN: Delete non-mandatory […]

You may not want to play that music louder

Playing Music on Your Premise Information for the blog post can be viewed here. For more information regarding music licensing and managing your restaurant/taproom, please visit www.restaurant.org. The legality surrounding music licensing and playing music in your brewery/distillery is a hot topic. So hot, in fact, that CBC had a seminar on the topic (“Pulling […]

Small Business Guide: Refining Your Business Plan

Part 7 *This information is taken from the Small Business Center Network (SBCN), part of the North Carolina Community College System, and full packet, entitled “How to Develop a Business Plan” can be viewed here. *This blog is Part 5 of a series on small business guidance. Stay tuned for more blogs. Check out Part 1, Part […]

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